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Hand sanitisers are popular as an alternative to washing hands using soap and water to kill germs. shutterstock

“Germ busting” hand sanitisers aren’t living up to their promises in Kenya

The poor quality of hand sanitisers in Kenya poses a health concern. If this market remains unregulated these products might encourage the undetected transmission of infectious pathogens in hospitals.
Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia develops silently often with no symptoms, particularly in the early stages. shutterstock

Kenyan study shines new light on chronic myeloid leukaemia

One of the confirmed causes of Chronic myeloid leukaemia is contact with an atomic weapon or nuclear radiation. Other risks factors of this type of cancer are still being established.
The show’s three hosts (left to right) Sandro Demaio, Renee Lim and Shalin Naik tackle obesity in the first episode, but don’t quite nail it. ABC TV

The ABC’s Ask the Doctor sends mixed messages about obesity

The ABC's new show Ask the Doctor goes some way to explain the many contributors to obesity. So, why spoil it with the take-home message that willpower is all you need to lose weight?
Pit latrine in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Access to clean water and sanitation are key to preventing cholera epidemics. D. Schafer, SuSanA/Flickr

How El Niño forecasts can help prevent cholera deaths in Africa

Cholera kills thousands every year but is treatable if it is caught early. Understanding how El Niño shifts cholera risks in Africa can help countries prepare for outbreaks and save lives.
Former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon backed Australia’s plain tobacco packaging legislation at the time of its 2012 challenge in the High Court. The latest World Trade Organisation dispute is the third major challenge on legal or trade grounds. Lukas Coch/AAP

World Trade Organisation gives Australia’s plain tobacco packs the (draft) thumbs up

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has reportedly backed Australia’s laws on plain tobacco packaging implemented from December 2012. The apparent decision marks the end of the last of three cases brought…

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