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Survey of Nepali People Uncovers Clues About the Prevalence & Determinants of Non-Communicable Diseases

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Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)—diseases that are not transmissible between individuals—account for the leading causes of death globally. However, there is limited data about how NCDs affect vulnerable populations, especially indigenous populations who are often omitted from national health surveys.

A team of researchers led by NYU Abu Dhabi undergraduate student Tsedenia Denekew in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Aashish Jha investigated the level of risk of NCDs for indigenous people in Nepal and found that the determinants of hypertension, or high blood pressure, in these populations differ from those in ...