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.
The increase in diabetes has come about from people living more sedentary lifestyles and eating more calories.
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?
Representatives of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries at a press conference in Atlanta, after a deal was reached.
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Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.
Diabetes medications can have real benefits but there are still some nagging unknowns about their effects.
Older people are more likely to drop out of the workforce for good when they’re sick than young people.
Economic modelling shows that policies to reduce chronic diseases can have large economic benefits –A$4.5 billion a year for diabetes alone – by reducing health costs and boosting the workforce.
Around the world, tea is the most common drink after water.
Put the kettle on and relax with a cuppa; your brain, heart and waistline will thank you.
Combination drugs are considered an innovation of India's medicines industry but they are not as safe as they should be.
Screening may save lives but it comes with a cost - and sometimes unbearable decisions - that shouldn't be underestimated.
With c-sections becoming so common, it’s time that we started to investigate what that means for child health.
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As more and more babies are delivered by cesarean section, we need to start investigating what that means for their long-term health.