As people become more aware of the problem of carid, a condition that affects a lot of people, the number of people affected by it has increased.
The number of carids in the UK rose by about 25 per cent from 2010 to 2014, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
But there are signs that the number is on the rise again, with an estimated 20 per cent of UK adults suffering from carid in 2014.
This is partly because people are becoming more aware that it can be treatable.
But the rise in carid also reflects a broader shift in the way we care for people with chronic conditions.
The Royal College estimates that about 50 per cent to 70 per cent will experience a reduction in their quality of life if they stop taking their medicine.
The rise in the number and severity of caries has become so prevalent that it is being recognised as a public health problem.
In the UK, about 20 per 10,000 people are estimated to have a carid.
But it’s not just people with serious conditions that are at risk.
People with chronic diseases like arthritis, heart disease and diabetes can also become more susceptible to carid if their symptoms get worse.
In this week’s New Scientist, we look at what people with cancer, obesity and other chronic conditions are doing to cope with the increased frequency and severity with which they’re diagnosed.