Michiyo Higuchi

Michiyo Higuchi, MD, MPHM, Dr.PH is Assistant Professor of International Health, Nagoya University School of Medicine.

Chronic, non-communicable diseases or chronic diseases,* such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, have a considerable impact on human life and the economy. These diseases have become the leading cause of mortality worldwide and were estimated to account for 60 per cent of global deaths -- 35 million -- in 2005.