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Research uncovers top health concerns: low back pain, depression, and headaches

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Study reveals low back pain, depression, headaches as top health issues, ET HealthWorld

A recent global study published in The Lancet journal has identified low back pain, depressive disorders, and headaches as the main causes of poor health impacting quality of life. The research analyzed healthy life expectancy during the initial two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, revealing that despite people living longer worldwide, they are not necessarily spending those additional years in good health.

Co-first author Damian Santomauro, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, pointed out that the existing treatments for low back pain are not effectively addressing the issue. He emphasized the need for better tools to manage this significant global health concern. On the other hand, Santomauro suggested that therapy, medication, or a combination of both can be effective for depressive disorders, but access to treatment remains limited for many individuals globally.

Furthermore, the study highlighted the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, who experienced more severe secondary effects such as long COVID and mental disorders compared to men. Women were also found to be twice as likely to suffer from long COVID and more susceptible to depression, which saw a significant increase during the pandemic. The researchers presented updated estimates from the Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) study 2021, which analyzed data from 204 countries and territories, providing a comprehensive overview of health challenges globally.

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