WHO: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, heart & lung diseases are the leading cause of death around the world and deaths from these diseases are on the increase, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. NCDs are not infectious or contagious and are caused by genetic or lifestyle factors, such as smoking.
The organisation's first global status report on NCDs reveals that 63% of people who died worldwide in 2008 - some 36.1m people - did so as a result of suffering from a NCD. Nearly four-fifths of these deaths occurred in low- & middle-income countries, and the report warns that without action, 52m people will die each year from NCDs by 2030.
OFT: The Office of Fair Trading has published an independent evaluation of its 2005 market study into care homes for older people, which finds there have been improvements in the provision of information to consumers.