Published on April 5, 2012 at 4:01 AM
"The main health challenges for older people are non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, visual impairment, hearing loss, and dementia, but current health systems in poorer countries are not designed to meet such chronic care needs," according to the news service. "In a letter [.pdf] to the Lancet, Dr. Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, from the school of international development, University of East Anglia, and others say substantial improvements in health can be achieved with relatively cheap and simple interventions, such as the effective management of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, in particular regular physical activity," the Guardian writes (Tran, 4/4).
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