OTC.Newsflash reported that the global community is living longer – by about 6 years to 71.5 in 2013 compared to 1990’s life expectancy. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, published in The Lancet, indicates that improvements in healthcare have prompted dramatic shifts, including a major reduction in child mortality from diarrhoea and lower respiratory infections. However, death rates from many types of cancer, as well as lifestyle-influenced, chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, have increased.
Can OTCs be part of the solution? In the past year, Nicholas Hall’s OTC.NewDirections has kept us up to date on the OTC scientific developments that are a significant factor in the preventive and therapeutic advances that are extending lives. In the most recent issue, we read about how vitamin E can protect older mice from pneumonia, creatine may improve blood pressure, selenium might lower the risk of colorectal cancer and NSAIDs might reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Because of their safety profile, accessibility and affordability, the importance of OTCs is often understated – they don’t often grab the headlines in mass media or corporate financial reports. But to families around the globe, OTCs are in Action improving lives everyday by treating acute illnesses, and increasingly, preventing chronic disease.
Best wishes for a healthy New Year!