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Cancer’s visible and invisible histories

The New York Times featured a piece on cancer in eastern Africa this past weekend. In the article "As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan" reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. and photographer Charlie Shoemaker report that pharmaceutical companies...

What’s in a biscuit?

The reasons for the increase in the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in sub-Saharan African countries are complex, as much recent research has shown. So-called ‘lifestyle’ factors (including dietary change) may play a less central part than was previously thought. But...

Reframing NCDs and injuries

The Lancet Noncommunicable Disease and Injury Poverty Commission (NCDI Poverty Commission: www.ncdipoverty.org) was set up in late 2015 and is due to report later this year. Set up to ‘reframe’ understandings of NCDs and injuries around the vulnerabilities of the...

Metabolic Thinking

What do spoons taste of? What can cohort studies tell us about the drivers of obesity? How do drugs and bugs interact with their hosts in metabolism – and what exactly is a host? These were some of the many questions raised (if not completely answered) in...

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