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Research highlights for September 2022

Published: 1 October 2022 at 10:33

Find out about research published by members of ARU's Vision and Eye Research Institute (VERI) in September 2022.

The GBD 2019 Cancer Risk Factors Collaborators (1) analysed results from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019 to inform cancer control planning efforts globally.

They found that in 2019, the risk factors included in the analysis accounted for 4·45 million deaths and 105 million (95·0–116) disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for both sexes combined, representing 44·4% of all cancer deaths and 42·0% of all DALYs. From 2010 to 2019, global risk-attributable cancer deaths increased by 20·4% and DALYs by 16·8%, with the greatest percentage increase in metabolic risks (34·7% and 33·3%).

The authors suggested that reducing exposure to modifiable risk factors would decrease cancer mortality and DALY rates worldwide.

The relationship between financial hardship and mental health conditions (loneliness, anxiety, and depression) among patients with underlying health conditions in Bangladesh was explored in Sujan et al. (2).

The authors used an online cross-sectional study among 971 patients with underlying health conditions. The prevalence of anxiety, depression and loneliness were 35.2%, 38.9%, and 47.68%, respectively, and 46.2% of respondents reported experiencing financial difficulties.


1. Tran, K. B., Lang, J. J., Compton, K., Xu, R., Acheson, A. R., Henrikson, H. J., et al. (Pardhan, S.), 2022. The global burden of cancer attributable to risk factors, 2010–19: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet, 400 (10352), pp. 563-591. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01438-6

2. Sujan, M. S. H., Tasnim, R., Islam, M. S., Ferdous, M. Z., Haghighathoseini, A., Koly, K. N., Pardhan, S., 2022. Financial hardship and mental health conditions in people with underlying health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. Heliyon, 8(9). doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e10499