Fast food, lack of physical activity, stress – more and more people around the world suffer from diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Treatment is expensive and many countries lack the necessary health care systems to deal with these problems. And the situation is likely to get worse. Climate change poses new threats to health. Global health problems require global solutions. We spoke with Prof. Rainer Sauerborn about the most pressing problems and about possible ways to solve or prevent them. He is the director of the Institute of Public Health in Heidelberg and a lead author for the IPCC. What do you consider to be the greatest challenge faced by medical research in the future? I believe that climate change poses the biggest challenge to health in the 21st century. Now I know that some of my colleagues will say we can’t put that in numbers, but that is not the point. The point is that we may be facing irreversible changes. And even though they lie in the future and are not so easy to grasp, we can’t ignore them. We need a paradigm change. We have to change our viewpoint. We have to agree to make decisions… Read full this story
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