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Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, adult-onset blindness, and lower limb amputations. It is also a significant cause of heart disease and stroke.

Lasker Foundation. Exceptional Returns: The economic value of America’s investment in medical research. 2000; https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/447944

Reference

Title
Exceptional Returns: The economic value of America’s investment in medical research
Publisher
Funding First
Publication Date
2000
Authors
Lasker Foundation
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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