noncommunicable conditions (diseases)

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A descriptive term for common and important conditions of public health importance that are not caused by infectious pathogens. Formerly some of these were classified as “chronic diseases,” but this term is a misnomer when applied to cardiovascular disease such as acute myocardial infarction that causes sudden death. Even the adjective “noncommunicable” may be misleading when applied to cervical cancers caused by papilloma virus, some behavioral epidemics, or traffic-related injury and disability.

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