Washington, D.C., January 21, 2010 – Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases — including heart disease, stroke and diabetes — are responsible for seven out of 10 U.S. deaths each year.
More recently, researchers have identified effective programs and policies to reduce the risk of chronic disease or to control their consequences. According to the editors of the newly released and much-anticipated third edition of “Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control” published by the American Public Health Association, there is now an increased understanding of the importance of social and economic factors as root causes of chronic diseases, as well as the critical importance of broad-based community-wide interventions to prevent and control chronic diseases.
The highly recommended book is organized in four sections that cover public health approaches to chronic disease control, chronic disease risk factors, major chronic disease conditions and major chronic diseases.
“We have chapters on nutrition, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and within each of these chapters we identify causes, consequences and groups at highest risk,” said editor Patrick Remington, MD, MPH. Remington is joined by other renowned experts in the field as editors of this new edition: Ross C. Brownson, PhD, and Mark V. Wegner, MD, MPH.
“Reducing disease, disparities and cost, and improving quality of life will depend on having a robust and effective public health system that effectively addresses chronic diseases,” said James Marks, MD, MPH, and Janet Collins, PhD, in the book’s foreword. “This simple fact places this volume and the issues it addresses right in the center of the one of the biggest priorities of our times.”
Intended for a wide audience, the book will especially benefit professionals who practice, study or teach chronic disease epidemiology, prevention and control at all levels.
Ordering information: Published by the American Public Health Association, 2010, 650 pages. Softcover ISBN: 978-0-87553-192-2, $70 ($49 for APHA members). To order, call toll-free 888-320-2742, To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; email; or order online.
Requests for a review copy should be sent by email to David Hartogs.