PRB Topic Feed: Noncommunicable Diseases/Topics/NoncommunicableDiseases.aspxNew Studies Bolster U.S. Smoking Prevention EffortsTo better design and target anti-smoking efforts, researchers are examining stress, genes linked to nicotine addiction, and neighborhood/family characteristics to identify who smokes today and why. About 15 percent of U.S. adults now smoke, down from 45 percent in 1965.08/25/2017/Publications/Articles/2017/New-Studies-Bolster-US-Smoking-Prevention.aspxe905edcf-2a65-4229-84c2-30d2017bd10eAre Developing Countries Ready to Tackle the Health Problems of Older People?As more people in developing countries reach 60 and beyond (having made it safely past the threat of infectious disease, malnutrition, and pregnancy or childbirth-related complications), many countries will face new challenges from chronic diseases.10/12/2007/Publications/Articles/2007/OctDCPBlurb.aspxe62f250f-8fa4-4aea-8222-cda3b5720f22U.S. Trends in Heart Disease, Cancer, and StrokeDeaths from heart disease and stroke have fallen dramatically over the past 50 years in the United States. While deaths from heart disease and stroke have declined, cancer deaths have remained relatively constant since 1950.12/01/2002/Publications/Articles/2002/USTrendsinHeartDiseaseCancerandStroke.aspx7cf73790-0c50-4491-bfec-295b097b6b51Preventing Chronic Respiratory Diseases in Developing CountriesIn 2007, an estimated 210 million people suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)— including emphysema and chronic bronchitis; 3 million died from COPD that year. Chronic respiratory diseases will increase 30 percent in the next 10 years if urgent actions are not taken.11/18/2008/Publications/Articles/2008/dcpfactsheetcopd.aspx3666fca3-30d3-49fb-97a0-ba2b73cce447U.S. Mortality Risk for Select Causes of DeathHeart disease and cancer accounted for over half of U.S. deaths in 2000, mostly at older ages. African American adults were more likely to die from accidents, homicide, and HIV compared with either whites or Hispanics. 12/01/2002/Publications/Articles/2002/USMortalityRiskforSelectCausesofDeath.aspx304ff9f9-f8ff-45a6-b6d1-721e0f3a564dHow Obesity Relates to Socioeconomic StatusObesity is related to some of the leading causes of death, including heart disease, some cancers, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. While obesity levels have been rising for all socioeconomic groups, some groups are more affected than others.12/03/2013/Publications/Articles/2013/obesity-socioeconomic-status.aspxfa2c18a8-ee31-44a1-b7b7-d95583f54c34Obesity Epidemic a Threat to U.S. Military Personnel and National SecurityThe obesity epidemic in the United States affects public health and the labor market, but researchers suggest that obesity may also affect national security.09/19/2013/Publications/Articles/2013/us-obesity-military.aspxe59dd509-9cd9-46a6-89b1-ae1fc74a7d7dMarriage Benefits Men's HealthMarriage improves health indicators and decreases the risk of certain diseases, according to a report in the Harvard Men's Health Watch. On the other hand, marital stress, divorce, and the death of a spouse have the opposite effect, particularly on men.09/02/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/usmarriagemenshealth.aspxb9936889-3b42-40c2-8262-0054c268c440PRB Report Launch: Preventing Noncommunicable Disease Epidemic in Africa Is Possible An engaged crowd of more than 100 people gathered in Nairobi for the launch of PRB's new report on preventing noncommunicable diseases among the region's youth.04/29/2015/Publications/Articles/2015/ncd-report-launch-africa.aspxa981a5f1-a547-4303-b4ca-25787e19e414Noncommunicable Diseases Among Older Adults in Low- and Middle-Income CountriesThis e-newsletter highlights work by National Institute on Aging (NIA)-supported researchers and others on the patterns and dynamics of noncommunicable diseases among older adults in low- and middle-income countries.08/01/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/noncommunicable-diseases-older-adults.aspx9892ca36-3793-4a58-9b4e-df341a6c5d8e