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Awareness of the Diseases of Affluence

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:42 GMT

Author: Finsen Chan
Position: Student
Institution: Northwestern University
Submitted Date: May 09, 2005
Published Date: May 9, 2005
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I would like to applaud Thomas E. Novotnys article Why We Need to Rethink the Diseases of Affluence [May 3rd, 2005] about the relationship between economic development and the risks of cardiovascular diseases. It is important that the adverse effects of urbanization on health not be overlooked. As an aspiring doctor, I understand that the disease burden will be a major setback particularly for low-income countries seeking to achieve economic growth. Thank you for reminding policy researchers that health concerns should be taken into consideration in urban planning.

Competing interests declared: I declare that I have no competing interests.