Cracking genetic responses to the changing environment in Africa would open a new frontier in the drive against rising non-communicable diseases on the continent.
A cancer patient from Inner Mongolia seeks treatment in Beijing.
Of women who die from cervical cancer, 87% live in poor countries.
In developing countries mental health care generally takes a backseat when it comes to allocating resources.
Women in Central African Republic wait for vaccinations.
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An index developed to gauge progress towards the sustainable development goals and their targets shows that nine of the world's worst performing countries are in Africa.
Marketers take advantage of the fact that children sometimes can't recognise the difference between product placement and advertising.
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.
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.
School nutrition programmes help reduce the risk of children developing obesity.
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In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
Antiquated methods of treating TB included sunbathing. The modern-day equivalent is vitamin D supplements.
In countries such as South Africa with a high burden of TB and HIV, vitamin D could be an extremely effective and cheap weapon to include in the arsenal against TB and HIV.
Smoking, excessive drinking, not exercising or eating unhealthy foods leads to lifestyle diseases.
Doctors in South Africa have not been doing enough counselling of people who drink, smoke, don't exercise and eat badly on ways to change their lifestyles.
Residents in Nairobi's urban slums are opting for fast food rather than the healthy alternatives, which is increasing their risk of developing diabetes.
In most African countries, there is no oversight body for the pharmaceutical marketplace.
Africa's pharmaceutical industry has mushroomed in the last ten years. But its ability to keep pace with demand is being held back by a number of factors, including a shortage of specialists.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Globally, there are 47 million people living with dementia with an increase of over 20% in the caseload year on year.
As we mark World Alzheimer's Day, research shows that tackling non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension could reduce the caseload.
Consumers prefer labelling on the front packaging of pre-packaged foods to help them make informed and healthy choices.
Proposed regulations to have nutritional labels on the front of prepacked foods can give South African consumers a chance to make better food choices.
South Africa’s salt limiting legislation was a world first.
Legislation limiting the salt in processed foods will drastically cut the average South African's salt intake. But how effective will it be?
Studies suggest friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese people are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves.
The leading cause of death in the world are a group of illnesses known as non-commmunicable diseases. But a growing body of evidence shows they're actually social contagions.
Non-communicable diseases were responsible for 38 million (68%) of the world’s 56 million deaths in 2012.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers…
By sharing their insights and knowledge, African leaders can improve health throughout the world.
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Ebola has focused the world’s attention on the challenges of health care in Africa. The continent has 11% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s disease burden. It also has just 1.3% of the global…
Non-communicable diseases that you can’t catch from someone else such as stroke, high blood pressure and cancer, account for 36.1m deaths worldwide. Put it another way, this is about 63% of all deaths…