Researchers are set to explore whether a new, very low cost, one-a-day combined ‘polypill’ could reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems across the world, in a major new international trial that launches this week in India and Europe.
The George Institute, India welcomed guests Dr Lachlan Strahan, Deputy High Commissioner from the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and Aminur Rahman, Consul-General at the Australian Consulate General in Chennai to Hyderabad last week, introducing the VIPs to the scope and scale of work underway at the Institute.
New research has revealed that stressful life events are unlikely to cause stroke. Researchers set out to determine the relationship between life events and subarachnoid haemorrhage – the most lethal type of stroke, that is most often due to rupture of aneurysms (‘blisters’) of the blood vessels in the brain. To date, very little evidence exists on this topic.
Many of the diseases that affect the most disadvantaged populations across the world are conditions known collectively as neglected diseases. Including conditions that claim millions of lives each year – dengue, diarrhoeal diseases and rheumatic fever – these diseases have received relatively little funding, attention and profile compared to many of the common chronic conditions that affect high income countries.
According to national guidelines, the best care for acute lower back pain is simple: stay active, avoid bed rest and take regular simple analgesics such as paracetamol. However new research has found that only 20% of patients receive this simple treatment approach. Instead many are referred for unnecessary imaging and prescribed more complex medicines such as ibuprofen.
Key findings of the second G-FINDER report, an annual survey of investment into neglected disease R&D, were launched today in New Delhi, India. These show global funding for neglected disease R&D ground to a standstill in 2008.
Researchers at The George Institute have discovered that high consumption of coffee and tea is associated with a substantially reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Lead author, Associate Professor Rachel Huxley, The George Institute, says that people who consumed on average three to four cups of coffee a day had one-quarter lower risk of developing diabetes compared to non-coffee drinkers.
The new China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention will focus on research and treatment for the control of conditions such as stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease and diabetes. The Center is hosted by The George Institute, China in partnership with Peking University Health Science Center.
A new study has shown low-cost, effective treatments for the prevention of cardiovascular disease are rarely administered in rural India, where stroke and heart attack are the leading causes of death. The study was undertaken in a rural region of southern India where one-third of deaths are due to cardiovascular disease and there is limited use of low-cost evidence-based therapies to prevent cardiovascular disease.