New APHA Book Highlights Chronic Disease Prevention, Control
Johnson, Teddi Dineley, The Nation's Health
PUBLIC HEALTH advances have greatly reduced the burden of infectious diseases, but chronic diseases continue to be the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases--including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes--are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths in the United States each year and greatly limit the day-to-day activities of about one in four people who suffer from them.
In recent years, however, a greater understanding of the causes and consequences of chronic diseases has emerged, and researchers continue to identify effective programs and policies to reduce the risk of chronic disease or to control their results, according to the editors of APHA's newly released third edition of "Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control."
"Since the publication of the second edition (in 1998), there has been an increased understanding of the importance of social and economic factors as root causes of chronic diseases, as well as the critical importance of broad-based community-wide interventions to prevent and control chronic diseases," said Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, the book's lead editor.
Updated to stay abreast of advances in chronic disease prevention and control, the third edition presents information along the entire chronic disease continuum, from risk factors to chronic conditions to chronic disease outcomes, said Remington, who edited the book with Ross Brownson, PhD, and Mark Wegner, MD, MPH.
"We have chapters on nutrition, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and within each of these chapters we identify the causes, consequences and groups at highest risk," said Remington, associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. …