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Report calls for bold action to prevent early deaths

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3172 (Published 07 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3172
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

A new report has forecast that 250 000 people in the United Kingdom will die from preventable conditions by 2025 unless major action is taken.1

The report, by a coalition of UK health and social care charities, identifies 12 interventions that could reduce deaths and disability caused by long term illnesses such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and dementia. The interventions target smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, and physical inactivity.

The World Health Organisation has set a target for a 25% reduction in the numbers of early …

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