The statistics point remorselessly towards obesity being a symptom with an underlying social cause. That should completely change the approach to dealing with it.
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Although some experts still disagree about the cause of Prince Albert's untimely demise, the most likely culprit seems to be the bacterium Salmonella typhi.
The Bubonic plague slowed urbanisation, industrial development and economic growth in Europe for many years.
Despite being so small they can't be seen with the naked eye, pathogens that cause human disease have greatly affected the way humans live for centuries.
A child collects clean water in Delmas, east of Johannesburg, an area vulnerable to outbreaks of the deadly typhoid virus.
The danger with typhoid is that symptoms are quite insidious and mimic those of other infectious diseases.
The E.coli bug at close quarters.
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On May 7 1964 a catering-size can of corned beef from Rosario, Argentina, was opened in a supermarket in central Aberdeen. Half the contents were put on a shelf behind the cold meat counter and the other…