Understanding Africa’s diverse gene pool can help fight lifestyle diseases

Africa is home to about 16% of the world’s population. That’s 1.2 billion people. But the continent is disproportionately burdened by a double health challenge: infectious diseases and a recent increase in non-communicable diseases. Non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are on the march due to an ageing population, a transition to … Read more Understanding Africa’s diverse gene pool can help fight lifestyle diseases

A third of strokes caused by air pollution, lifestyle diseases in India

As India continue to report 16 lakh cases of stroke every year, health experts have said that at least one third of these cases are caused by mere modifiable lifestyle factors and deteriorating air quality. A study concluded by the city-based Fortis Escorts Heart Institute reveals that lifestyle problems such as depression, chronic anxiety and … Read more A third of strokes caused by air pollution, lifestyle diseases in India

Africa Needs a Fresh Approach to Lifestyle Diseases Research

Non-communicable diseases are often described as lifestyle diseases because they are associated with the excesses of an ageing or privileged population. Not any more. One would be hard pressed today to find someone who has not been touched in some way by these diseases. The list of these diseases is long, the most notable being … Read more Africa Needs a Fresh Approach to Lifestyle Diseases Research