Cancer cases rise to be world's main health challenge
Global cases of cancer have increased by a fifth in 10 years, now totalling 12 million worldwide and this figure is set to continue to “dramatically” increase.
Health experts are warning progressively sedentary lifestyles are to blame for such a surge in not only cancer, but other lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is now claiming a healthier diet and more active lifestyle would prevent 2.8 million new cases of cancer each year.
Governments across the world are being urged to tackle what is being described as the world’s biggest health challenges and the WCRF is asking them to help “avoid a public health disaster.”
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The Fund has also described the upcoming United Nations (UN) health summit as a “once in a generation” chance for governments to unite to tackle this growing health trend.
It is being argued that approximately a third of all non-communicable diseases (NCDs) could be avoided by implanting minor lifestyle changes such as limiting alcohol and tobacco intake and encouraging people to make healthier lifestyle and diet choices.
However, NCDs are also an area of concern in developing countries, contradicting the popular belief they only occur in developed countries.
In fact, is has been estimated 80 percent of the annual 32 million NCD related deaths occur in countries with lower-middle incomes.
The WCRF has again warned this figure has the potential to rise to 56 million deaths worldwide by 2030.
Additionally, out of the 12 million deaths caused by cancer each year, seven million of these again occur in developing countries.
Martin Weisman, the Senior Scientific and Medical Advisor for the WCRF, told the news agency Reuters: “With millions of lives at risk around the world, the stakes are incredibly high.
“People are still unaware that risk factors such as alcohol and obesity affect cancer risk, while at the same time, from television advertising to the pricing of food, our society works in a way that discourages people from adopting healthy habits.”
The UN summit is due to take place in New York on the 19-20 September.
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Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."