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Poor nutrition, pollution and other sources of chronic disease have been increasing for 30 years, plus a new virus: the conditions of a “deadly storm” have occurred to cause the one million deaths from coronavirus, deplores a report published on Friday 16 October from The Lancet magazine. “The interaction of Covid-19 with the continuous global increase, in the last thirty years, of chronic diseases and their risk factors, including obesity, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels, ed) and air pollution , created the conditions for a storm, fueling the death toll of Covid-19 », judges the prestigious British medical journal in a press release.

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Back in the polls, with Steve Bannon just indicted for fraud, gossip about disagreements with Melania, fierce criticism of sister former federal judge and latest tile of Kellyanne Conway's abandonment, the Republican Convention begins today uphill for Donald Trump. the scenes of the virtual congress due to the coronavirus pandemic that starts today in Charlotte, there are two producers of The Apprentice, the reality show that transformed Donald Trump into a television star. These are Sadoux Kim, long-time deputy to Mark Burnett, the show's creator, and Chuck Labella, who handled talent on the same show. both also worked for the Miss Universe pageant when it was owned by the tycoon, the former also as a judge of the contestants. The two are consultants to the organizing team and have already been paid by the Republican party respectively 54,000 and 81,000 dollars. 'One man show' Donald Trump will naturally be the absolute star of the show which kicks off tonight at 8.30pm (2.30am in Italy) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will officially crown the American president for the race to a second term in the elections November 3 in the United States. Forced by the pandemic to hold an almost entirely virtual conclave, the head of the White House will not have the electrifying crowds he loves but will take advantage of every moment to use all the artillery against his rival, Joe Biden, just invested in the Democratic convention. Trump will speak every evening around 10 pm (4 am in Italy), according to what was anticipated by the New York Times which observed that it is a tear from the convention tradition that wants the 'nominated' to intervene only for a greeting at the opening and the speech of thanks on the final day. On the day of the "Promise land" the president will be in person at the convention center that hosts the event in Charlotte, North Carolina and which will start with the number of 336 delegates from the 50 states of the country to name him, a 'roll call' that the Grand Old Party wanted to be in person despite the coronavirus emergency. The other highlight will be on the final day, Thursday, when he delivers his acceptance speech from the White House Garden, a privileged setting that critics say blurs the traditionally respected boundaries between the president's duties and the candidate's campaign. But Trump assured that doing it there was the safest and cheapest for the country and that, after all, that is still the "your" House: "It is a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good"he told the New York Post. The program Little is known about the program, except that Wednesday the day (entitled the "Land of heroes") will be the time of the vice president, Mike Pence, for his reconfirmation. He will speak from Fort McHenry, a historic enclave near Baltimore, a sacred place for American independence. Tuesday (day dedicated to "Land of opportunities") instead the First lady, Melania Trump, will speak from the iconic rose garden of the White House. The model who arrived from Slovenia in the mid-1990s will try to make people forget the role of 2016, when her message before the Republican National Convention was accused of plagiarizing entire passages of Michelle Obama's speech in 2008 Her words are now eagerly awaited , not only because of the First Lady's usual low profile, but because days ago her refusal to take her husband's hand upon descent from Air Force One raised suspicions of tensions within the presidential couple. Other members of the Trump family, most notably eldest daughter and adviser Ivanka, will feature prominently on Tuesday, as well as allies of the president, such as minority leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, and former states ambassador. United with the UN, Nikki Haley. Also on the list of special guests are Patricia and Mark McCloskey, transformed into heroes of the right after being filmed wielding firearms at a group of protesters marching in St. Louis in full crisis for the killing of George Floyd. Nicholas Sandmann, a recent Catholic graduate who became famous in 2019, could also intervene when, sporting a baseball cap with the Trump slogan "Make America Great Again", appeared in the media while making fun of an indigenous elder during a school visit to Washington. The nomination comes not at the best of times for Trump. Again, the former tycoon's image is clouded by the words of his sister, former federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who defined him "cruel", "liar", "without principles" and therefore "unreliable" and claimed he would get into the University of Pennsylvania by having someone else take the entrance test for him. The judgments are contained in some recordings made secretly by her niece Mary Trump, author of a book-denunciation against the president, and disseminated exclusively by the Washington Post.

‘Noncommunicable diseases have played a role so far in the million deaths caused by Covid-19, and will continue to determine the general state of health in every country even when the pandemic has subsided ”, commented the editor-in-chief of“ The Lancet ”, Richard Horton. The publication regularly warns of the scourge of non-communicable diseases linked to living conditions (obesity, diabetes, tobacco, alcohol, etc.). In this new report, the review makes the link with Covid-19. According to the prestigious medical journal, the world is facing not only a pandemic, but a “syndemia”, that is, the conjunction of various health emergencies. “Many risk factors and non-communicable diseases studied in this report are associated with an increased risk of severe Covid-19, or even death,” judges The Lancet. Urgent action is needed, he continues, “urgent action to tackle the syndemic of chronic diseases, social inequalities and Covid-19, namely the interaction of various epidemics that exacerbate the health burden of the populations already affected, and make them even more vulnerable »Warns the magazine.

In Europe, according to «The Lancet», life expectancy in good health it has increased steadily over the past 30 years, but less than life expectancy at birth, which means that people are living longer in poor health. According to the report, in the Old Continent, non-communicable diseases are responsible for “more than 80%” of premature deaths and deterioration in health (measured in number of years lost). In 2019, the main risk factors in Europe were hypertension (linked to around 787,000 deaths), tobacco (697,000), poor diet (546,000), high blood sugar (540,000) and obesity (406,000). The Lancet calls for “significant efforts” to reduce these risks through proactive public health policies, taking the example of those conducted against tobacco. “Exposure to tobacco has decreased by nearly 10% worldwide since 2010, although it remains the leading cause of death in many rich countries,” the magazine states.

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