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Health and Health Care in South Africa — 20 Years after Mandela

In the 20 years since South Africa underwent a peaceful transition from apartheid to a constitutional democracy, considerable social progress has been made toward reversing the discriminatory practices that pervaded all aspects of life before 1994. Yet the health and well-being

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Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Stroke

Plain old snoring can get a little annoying, especially for someone listening to it. But when a snorer repeatedly stops breathing for brief moments, it can lead to cardiovascular problems and potentially be life-threatening. It’s a condition known as sleep

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Rural health risks?

People living in rural areas of the country appear to be more likely to die from preventable causes compared with people in more urban locations, says a CDC report. Read more

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Heart disease and cancer risk may be linked

People with heart disease also have a higher risk of developing cancer, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in November 2019. Researchers evaluated data from 12,712 people from the Framingham Heart Study who did not

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Endocrine Society Guideline: Older Adults Should Be Regularly Screened for Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk

Measuring waistline, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood fats, and blood sugar during doctor visits can detect heart disease and diabetes earlier, according to a Clinical Practice Guideline issued today by the Endocrine Society. The guideline, titled “Primary Prevention of CVD and

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Study Finds Dopamine, Biological Clock Link to Snacking, Overeating, and Obesity

The pleasure center of the brain and the brain’s biological clock are linked, and high-calorie foods — which bring pleasure — disrupt normal feeding schedules, resulting in overconsumption, according to a study recently published in Current Biology. Researchers led by Ali

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A future for the world’s children?

A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission Published: February 18, 2020 Executive Summary The health and wellbeing of children now and in the future depends on overcoming new challenges that are escalating at such speed as to threaten the progress and successes of the

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The History of “Essential” Hypertension Has Much To Teach Us About Obesity

Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD, DSc (hon), FRCPC I spent the first 10 years of my professional life studying and treating hypertension. As a bit of a history buff, I dug out old books on hypertension and went back to

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Non-communicable diseases and climate change: linked global emergencies

In the annual University College London–Lancet Global Health Lecture in April, 2019, we called for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to be regarded as a global emergency and we compared the spread of NCDs to climate change, a global emergency of unprecedented

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