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Taxing sugary drinks to tackle obesity would lead to a stronger economy, new research shows. from www.shutterstock.com

Taxing sugary drinks would boost productivity, not just health

The benefits of a sugar tax go beyond mere health savings when obesity rates drop. Our new research predicts wider economic benefits due to more, healthier people in work.
Roll-your-own tobacco contains more additives than factory made cigarettes. So let’s not kid ourselves it’s safer. from www.shutterstock.com

Busting the myth that roll-your-own tobacco has fewer additives

Roll-your-own tobacco contains additives to stop it from drying out. So, it's hardly a "natural" or "healthier" alternative to factory made cigarettes.
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain characterised by recurrent seizures. Shutterstock

Kenya has gaps in diagnosing and managing epilepsy

Epilepsy affects around 70 million people globally, 80% live in developing countries. A shortage of specialists, equipment and drugs complicates effective treatment and management.
AIDS activists stage a ‘die-in’ in 1992 in Houston about lack of funding for AIDS research under President George H.W. Bush. Rick McFarland/AP

HIV/AIDS funding is an investment worth protecting

New treatments and prevention programs have inhibited the spread of HIV/AIDS since June 5, 1981, when the CDC first reported what would become HIV. Here's why it's important not to cut funding now.
People who eat raw or undercooked meat from infected animals may get anthrax. Thumbi Mwangi

Here’s how to prevent another anthrax outbreak in Kenya

Governments in anthrax endemic countries should build efficient surveillance systems that incorporate detection, confirmation and efficient data collation and feedback.

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