Youth often neglected in public health policy to prevent disease and death

PUBLIC health experts are calling for targeted interventions to reduce the burden of disease, injury and death in young people worldwide. These include redesigning cars and providing better access to contraception.

According to an editorial accompanying an analysis of the global burden of disease in young people, published in The Lancet today, health promotion and a concerted effort to prevent disease in people aged 10–24 years are essential.

Worldwide, the three main causes of years lost because of disability for 10- to 24-year-olds were neuropsychiatric disorders (45%), unintentional injuries (12

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