Kathy A Douglas

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There is a sense of urgency in the need to enhance the capacity for surveillance of chronic diseases (or non-communicable diseases, NCD) in the Ameri-cas (the Region) (1). This need is driven by several factors. First, the epidemiological pattern in the Region is undergoing a transition from infectious diseases to chronic diseases. The rapidly changing(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic diseases are now a major health problem in developing countries as well as in the developed world. Although chronic diseases cannot be communicated from person to person, their risk factors (for example, smoking, inactivity, dietary habits) are readily transferred around the world. With increasing human progress and technological advance,(More)
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