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Future health

The ticking bomb: Ageing population

There’s no doubt that in developed countries, people are living longer than ever before, and that the average life expectancy of those in many emerging markets is quickly catching up. Unfortunately, a longer lifespan doesn’t mean an extended healthspan – years free from disease. Global health care systems are facing increasing challenges as a result. We explore the most prevalent health conditions facing today’s ageing populations, the strains placed on health care systems and outline the clinical solutions in this white paper – The ticking time bomb: Ageing population. 

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Pandemic: Controlling infectious diseases before they spread

WhatIf the effects of outbreaks like Ebola are likely to be felt around the world, what should the world do to stop the next pandemic before it starts? To share our views of this very significant risk and our thoughts on how to counteract it, we have released an opinion paper, ‘Pandemic: Controlling infectious diseases before they spread’  

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Endemic infectious diseases: Focusing the world’s attention on neglected killers

Outsized media and public attention on emergent infectious diseases such as Zika and Ebola can divert funding, research and humanitarian efforts aimed at reducing millions of deaths from such chronic infectious diseases as malaria, HIV/AIDs, diarrhoeal disease, tuberculosis and lower respiratory tract infections. Learn more on our suggestions for tackling this issue in our paper ‘Endemic infectious diseases: Focusing the world’s attention on neglected killers’.

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The forgotten killer: Cardiovascular disease

Emergent infectious diseases such as Zika virus may get the lion’s share of short-term media and public attention, but health care professionals know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects millions more. And in most places around the world, CVD deaths have been increasing, according to Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 and our own data at Aetna International. In our white paper – The forgotten killer: Cardiovascular disease – we are advocating and targeting preventable risk factors through lifestyle changes as a means of tackling this increase.  

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What is genomic medicine? An introduction to genetics in health care

Scientists and doctors have been studying genes and hereditary conditions (those handed down from parent to child) for many years. Discover more about how studying genes can provide an understanding of an individual’s predisposition to certain health conditions.

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Expatriate mental health: Breaking the silence and ending the stigma

Mental health is a growing issue for expats; workers and their employers, as well as those relocating independently as shown by our white paper - Expatriate mental health: Breaking the silence and ending the stigma. To ensure expats have the vital support they need when relocating or working away from their home country, we’re calling for businesses and individuals to take more pre-emptive action to combat the problem.

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How genetic information can support your family’s health: a guide

What if the source of an illness comes from within the body—from problems with the genetic code? Advances in genetic information can help us not only understand but improve our family’s health.  

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Bringing virtual care to life

Innovations in digital technology have enhanced our daily lives in so many ways. Not only does it enable us to successfully manage our fast-paced lives, it also gives us access to the highest quality services in the world. And, health care services are no exception. Virtual health care is rapidly improving the way we access and receive care. 

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Cancer in the developed world

Cancer is understood around the world as the word you never want to hear your doctor say. In the past, inadequate understanding of its causes, coupled with inadequate treatment, made it appear to be a death sentence. The truth is that cancer is not a single disease. It is a wide range of conditions, some of which may well be eradicated in future.

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Globesity: tackling the world’s obesity pandemic 

We at Aetna International believe there is sufficient evidence to show that immediate, coordinated action on a global scale is needed to tackle ‘globesity’. Our challenge as a global society is to band together to apply what we know in a vast international effort to end the globesity pandemic. Read more.

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Striking the right balance: Global caesarean delivery rates in an era of controversy

This Aetna International white paper draws on World Health Organization (WHO) figures and data and a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article on the optimal rate of caesarean sections, whilst recognising the potential downsides to surgical delivery, challenging the idea that caesareans are by default safer.

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Diabetes: The world’s weightiest problem

Diabetes has the potential to overwhelm health care systems and wreck economies across the globe – yet the disease is largely preventable and controllable.  Employing proactive disease management and developing innovative new tools can help members better manage their condition and increase medication adherence enabling them to live healthier lives. Find out more in ‘Diabetes: The world’s weightiest problem’

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