Vitamin D has been shown to regulate the function of 229 genes in humans, suggesting that it plays many roles in maintaining health.
In Uganda, essential medicines are not being stocked at facilities that need them most. This includes drugs to treat chronic diseases.
The increase in cases of non-communicable diseases in developing countries has led to an emerging pattern of high levels of multimorbidity.
Although hypertension can easily be detected in Africa, up to half of the population are unaware of their condition.
Research shows poorer black South Africans are disproportionately exposed to food-related advertising that promotes the consumption of fatty, unhealthy foods.
The reality is that the move to introduce a sugar tax in South Africa is necessary because of the scourge of non-communicable diseases and obesity in the country.
Cracking genetic responses to the changing environment in Africa would open a new frontier in the drive against rising non-communicable diseases on the continent.
Of women who die from cervical cancer, 87% live in poor countries.
In developing countries mental health care generally takes a backseat when it comes to allocating resources.
An index developed to gauge progress towards the sustainable development goals and their targets shows that nine of the world’s worst performing countries are in Africa.
Marketers take advantage of the fact that children sometimes can’t recognise the difference between product placement and advertising.
Genomic research must take place in Africa because African populations have evolved significantly and their genetic composition is more diverse than that of populations elsewhere.
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.
In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
In countries such as South Africa with a high burden of TB and HIV, vitamin D could be an extremely effective and cheap weapon to include in the arsenal against TB and HIV.
Doctors in South Africa have not been doing enough counselling of people who drink, smoke, don’t exercise and eat badly on ways to change their lifestyles.
Residents in Nairobi’s urban slums are opting for fast food rather than the healthy alternatives, which is increasing their risk of developing diabetes.
Africa’s pharmaceutical industry has mushroomed in the last ten years. But its ability to keep pace with demand is being held back by a number of factors, including a shortage of specialists.
Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
As we mark World Alzheimer’s Day, research shows that tackling non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension could reduce the caseload.