Tag Archives: Disease

Extra virgin olive oil: why it’s healthier than other cooking oils

The benefits of extra virgin olive oil might just make it worth the extra cost. Bruno D Andrea/ Shutterstock Richard Hoffman, University of Hertfordshire It’s common advice for people watching their waistlines or looking to eat healthier to beware of the amount of oil they use while cooking. But that doesn’t mean we should cut oil entirely from our diet. …

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Tackling ageing may be best way to prevent multiple chronic conditions from developing in older people

Targeting the biological causes of ageing could be one method for better treating multimorbidity. oneinchpunch/ Shutterstock Janet M. Lord, University of Birmingham and Carolyn Greig, University of Birmingham Over half of UK adults over the age of 65 live with two or more long-term health conditions – commonly known as multimorbidity. People living with multimorbidity not only have a shorter …

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Top Kenyan scientist shares the joys and challenges of creating life-saving vaccines

Rift Valley Fever virus, 3D illustration. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock George Warimwe, University of Oxford Professor George Warimwe should be a household name in Kenya. He’s a leading scientist who has created a life-saving vaccine against Rift Valley Fever. He is also leading policy-changing work on Yellow Fever vaccines. Warimwe has now been awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize for his work …

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Individual dietary choices can add – or take away – minutes, hours and years of life

Eating more fruits, vegetables and nuts can make a meaningful impact on a person’s health – and the planet’s too. kerdkanno/iStock via Getty Images Plus Olivier Jolliet, University of Michigan and Katerina S. Stylianou, University of Michigan Vegetarian and vegan options have become standard fare in the American diet, from upscale restaurants to fast-food chains. And many people know that …

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What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

It’s a matter of scale. Edward A. "Doc" Rogers/Library of Congress via AP

It’s a matter of scale. Edward A. “Doc” Rogers/Library of Congress via AP Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Texas A&M University The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This is a landmark event. As an epidemiologist listening to the steady stream of conversation around the coronavirus, I’m hearing newscasters and neighbors alike mixing up three important words my colleagues and …

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