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Ghanaian cancer specialists examine a patient’s scan. Reuters/Olivier Asselin

Africa needs a fresh approach to ‘lifestyle’ diseases research

So-called lifestyle diseases such as cancer and heart disease have been rising in Africa, adding to the already huge burden of disease in poor countries. But the research has not kept pace.
Metformin was originally developed from natural compounds found in the plant known as French lilac. Vlad Proklov/Flickr

Weekly Dose: metformin, the diabetes drug developed from French lilac

Metformin has been used to treat diabetes since the late 1950s. It is now on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicines needed for a basic health care system.
Companies use children’s data to sell them junk food and other products. Cookie image via

How companies learn what children secretly want

When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.
The overall infant mortality rate more than halved between 1986 and 2014. from

A snapshot of children’s health in Australia

This infographic provides a snapshot of children's health in Australia, from mortality and chronic conditions to the risk factors adversely affecting our children's health.
Genomic research in Africa will help explain the genetic risk factors of diseases that affect the world’s poorest people. Shutterstock

Why African genomic studies can solve the continent’s health issues

Genomic research must take place in Africa because African populations have evolved significantly and their genetic composition is more diverse than that of populations elsewhere.
Diabetes is characterised by higher than normal levels of glucose in the blood. Leon Ephraim/Unsplash

How Australians Die: cause #5 – diabetes

Diabetes is a leading cause of death as well as of heart attacks, strokes, amputations, kidney failure, depression and severe infections – all of which themselves contribute to premature death.

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