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[Comment] Brain health: widening the scope of NCDs

In 2011, WHO included only four groups of diseases in the non-communicable disease (NCD) category: cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes.1 Since then, there have been several WHO and UN initiatives that relate to NCDs. Yet the scope of NCDs in WHO’s NCD agenda still excludes many fatal and chronic disabling diseases. It is welcome that when the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision comes to be implemented, in 2018, WHO statisticians will classify stroke—the second most common cause of death in people older than 60 years—as a brain disease.

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