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A word with… Marco Baccanti – Chief Executive of Health Industries South Australia

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What healthcare challenges are being faced by populations around the world?
Lifestyle and changing demography are big challenges to the healthcare system.

By lifestyle, I mean four commonly identified poor lifestyle habits: bad nutrition, lack of physical activity, stress and substance abuse (i.e. alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs). The effect of these habits is the incredible growth of a family of conditions called Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), so named because they are not caused by pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.

The main lifestyle-driven NCDs are cardiovascular issues (e.g. stroke,