Cardiovascular disease is the second highest cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. But the lack of awareness around the disease means many people go untreated until it is too late.
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Misreporting on the ongoing debate is likely to lead to more deaths from cardiovascular disease.
Marketers take advantage of the fact that children sometimes can't recognise the difference between product placement and advertising.
Few people know what fatty acids are, which ones are harmful or beneficial, and how to identify them.
Despite the increase in cardiovascular disease in the developing world, not enough is being been done to improve public awareness of the benefits and harms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fatty acids.
Hypertension is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attacks, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease. And in the developing world, it is on the rise.
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Computer simulation and 3D printing are allowing scientists to develop faster, safer ways to test medical devices without installing them in live humans or animals.
People living with chronic illnesses are more vulnerable to heat effects.
Rising temperatures affect people living in the developing world differently to those living in Europe and North America.
Future people would be grateful if their disease is cured, rather than being replaced by a different healthier or non-disabled person.
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