Two thirds of South African women are overweight or obese and their babies are three times more likely to become obese themselves.
Some of the highest coronavirus hospitalization rates in Denver are in neighborhoods near Valverde, a community that was once redlined.
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Neighborhood characteristics like pollution from busy roads, widespread public transit use and lack of community-based health care are putting certain communities at greater risk from COVID-19.
South African police and military enforcing lockdown regulations in Cape Town, South Africa.
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The court says people need to be able to trust the government to abide by the rule of law, make rational regulations, and not intrude on the rights of those subject to the law.
Women and children wait to be treated at a health clinic in northern Burkina Faso.
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In poorer parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, health systems are not designed to care for people with chronic conditions. They are more focused on single, acute diseases.
A researcher performs a CRISPR/Cas9 process at the Max-Delbrueck-Centre for Molecular Medicine in Germany .
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One of the methods researchers are exploring to combat COVID-19 is gene editing: altering the genome of the virus to make it harmless.
A health worker drags an electrocardiograph at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg.
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Gross negligence won't be excused under any circumstances. But standards for reasonable medical care can't be the same as in pre-COVID-19 times.
People receiving food handouts in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Nigerian government must adopt a process that is open in implementing its social assistance programmes.
Wuhan: questions remain over China’s initial response to the coronavirus.
The WHO's legitimacy is at stake – it must answer tough questions on whether it kow-towed to China.
Special steps need to be taken to blunt the impact of school closures, particuarly on girls.
An aerial view of a waterfront slum in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Lagos state government must go beyond food packages as stimulus, and build capacity for poor people.
Women, representing nature, argue the influence of the zodiac with scholars in this undated 17th century engraving.
Fun fact: the term 'influenza' comes from the premodern belief stars influenced disease. Before epidemiologists, there were astrologers.
Gender, race and rank affect occupational stress.
Changes in South Africa's higher education sector have increased the number and intensity of roles academics take on. This has led to a spike in workload and associated stress.
Myiasis is an infestation of organs and tissue caused by the larvae of flies.
Myiasis, a neglected tropical disease, can cause severe clinical outbreaks in humans and animals with potential economic losses in the livestock industry.
Looking south from New York City’s Central Park.
Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of many great North American city parks, understood that ready access to nature made cities healthier places to live.
New York City has closed some streets to traffic to give residents more room to roam during the coronavirus pandemic, Queens, May 13, 2020.
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For centuries, disease outbreaks have forced cities to transform physically and operationally in ways that ultimately benefited all residents going forward.
A healthcare worker collecting a swab for a COVID-19 test from a community member.
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There is hard and persistent work that needs to be planned for, like a kind of ongoing rehabilitation process, to realise the dream of one health system for all South Africans.
A bottle of Covid Organics, a herbal tea that authorities in Madagascar gave to students.
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Authorities around the world can do more to ensure that correct information and messages on the pandemic reach everybody.
Crystal Bulumbara, Esther Bulumbara, Claire Smith and Nell Brown. Barunga community, Northern Territory. July 2019.
Researchers report on how COVID-19 is affecting isolated Indigenous communities. Their voices bridge the urban divide, reveal challenges and describe some unexpected bonuses.
Social solidarity networks have an edge over government: speed, innovation, and local responsiveness.
More effort must go into building synergies between emergent local efforts and the government response.
Children are a high-risk population prone to severe complications from malaria.
On this continent, a child dies from malaria every two minutes. This is an unacceptable reality for a treatable and preventable disease.