Surging nervous system disorders now top cause of illness: study

March 15, 2024

Lead study author Jaimie Steinmetz of the IHME said the results showed that nervous system conditions are now "the world's leading cause of overall disease burden". This data was used to estimate how many years of healthy life were lost to each condition, called disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). More than 443 million years of healthy life were lost to nervous system disorders globally in 2021, an 18-percent increase from 1990, the study found. "Because deaths occur at a young age, this creates a large contribution to years of life lost," she added. - 'Growing very fast' -More than 11 million people died from the 37 neurological conditions in 2021, according to the study in The Lancet Neurology journal.