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One quarter of the world’s adult population suffers from hypertension, and although it has no obvious symptoms, it can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. Despite this, there has been great uncertainty as to how intensively blood pressure should be lowered to obtain maximal benefit and minimize risks.

Una O’Brien CB, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, and staff from the British Embassy in Beijing visited The George Institute for Global Health, China’s offices in Beijing to discuss the health issues affecting people in not only China and the UK, but people all around the world.

Kidney failure shortens the life of affected people, reduces quality of life and is expensive to treat. Prevention is key, as relatively few treatments have been shown to be effective.

Much is made in the Western media of the growing global political and economic importance of China and India.  There is also much commentary about personal rights, financial inequalities and social dissidence.

International and local experts in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) converged on Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, China, last week for the Fourth Annual Chronic Disease Forum for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases and a Health Policy Roundtable.

Lijing L. Yan joined the George Institute in 2009 because she wanted to help improve the health of people across the globe and to work with decision makers to really drive change to health practices and policy.

Professor Yan is currently the Director of the China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Deputy Director of the George Institute China affiliated with the Peking University Health Science Center.

Lijing L. Yan joined the George Institute in 2009 because she wanted to help improve the health of people across the globe and to work with decision makers to really drive change to health practices and policy. Professor Yan is currently the Director of the China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Deputy Director of the George Institute China affiliated with the Peking University Health Science Center.

At the 4th Annual Chronic Disease Forum the Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases and Health Policy Roundtable held in Xi’an May 24-25, the issue of tobacco consumption in China was a dominant feature in panel discussions with local and international experts.

Professor Stephen MacMahon, Principal Director of the George Institute for Global  Health, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 29 with Ren Jinyang, President and Secretary General of the Guanghua Foundation, forming a solid foundation for future collaboration and friendship during the auspicious Year of the Dragon.

Event
Friday, 25 May, 2012 - 16:45

Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China

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