Scientists from across the globe are exploring new ways to treat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Their findings, which can be found in the open access journal Genome Medicine, suggests that a more personalized, holistic approach could be beneficial to patients with NCDs such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, chronic respiratory disorders and cancer.
NCDs are expensive to treat, and part of scientists’ goal is to discover possible alternatives to costly procedures and hospital stays. These conditions can be affected by different factors such as environment, nutrition and exposure to pollutants, and scientists have decided to further investigate how changes in lifestyle could influence the course of a patient’s disease, according to the news source.
Professor Jean Bousquet, from French hospital Arnaud de Villeneuve, CHRU Montpellier, suggested that a more personalized approach could be the answer. “Many people who suffer from chronic NCD are affected by more than one disease and would benefit from a personalized holistic treatment at the level of primary care,” said Bousquet.
The World Health Organization states that NCDs are the leading causes of death, killing more than 36 million people annually. Continue reading