Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic diseases later in life.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
Genomic research in Africa will help explain the genetic risk factors of diseases that affect the world’s poorest people.
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.
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.
Arguing about the pros and cons of fat in our diet takes the focus away from the real nutritional demon: processed foods.
In many rural areas, poor people are suffering from malnutrition, which takes the form of stunting and obesity. To change this, their food environments must change.
The sugar content of your favourite snacks might surprise you.
If you're an average-sized adult eating and drinking enough to maintain a healthy body weight, you should consume no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day.
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New breakthrough in how to test proteins linked to touch and movement could have major implications for strokes, diabetes, spinal injuries and much more.
Non-communicable diseases are skyrocketing in Kenya and Uganda. Though the countries’ governments have a responsibility to tackle the problem, individuals need to take action too.
Sugary drinks are high in energy and lead to weight gain and obesity.
It's time for Australia to follow the UK's lead and increase the price of sugary drinks.
There’s been nearly a four-fold increase in diabetes across the world since 1980.
Diabetes has become a massive global problem and requires a dedicated effort in both the developed and the developing world.
Expanding the definitions of disease can cause a cascade of overtesting and overtreatment.
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The creation of new “pre-conditions” is turning millions of people into patients across the globe.
The government’s proposed changes are good, and evidence based, but whether they will work in practice is another thing.
Living with a chronic disease is hard work. Today the federal government announced its intention to “revolutionise" the way chronic diseases and complex conditions are cared for.
People with a chronic illness find it challenging to keep to their medication regime.
Patients with chronic illness need support and encouragement to take their medications. SMS messaging is a simple, cheap and seemingly effective way to keep them on track.
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George's medicine for health crisis is welcome, but not marvellous.
Residents in Nairobi's urban slums are opting for fast food rather than the healthy alternatives, which is increasing their risk of developing diabetes.
Public health isn’t a standard part of medical school curricula.
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Today's medical students are tomorrow's doctors, and they need to understand public health to better help their patients.
The diabetes self-test: up to 16% of pregnant women are positive.
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It affects nearly one in five women, and half go on to develop type 2 diabetes. It's one of the great intervention opportunities that public health overseers keep ignoring.
Time for a tax?
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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign to introduce a sugar tax on fizzy drinks and snacks has been gaining momentum. Oliver has a history of trying to persuade the British public to eat more healthily…
Don’t add sugar.
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Researchers have found that cutting sugar out of kids' diets can improve their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of metabolic health.
Do you still need to take that?
As people with chronic conditions age or as their health changes, they sometimes need less medication. So when, should a person's drugs be scaled down?