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Tag Archives: Malnutrition

How to make COVID vaccines more effective: give people vitamin and mineral supplements

simplystocker/Shutterstock Margaret Rayman, University of Surrey and Philip C Calder, University of Southampton If we’re going to rely on COVID-19 vaccines to bring an end to the pandemic, we need to maximise their effects. But one thing that risks undermining their protectiveness is nutritional deficiency, particularly in the elderly. Older people have weaker immune responses and are known to respond …

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Why living in a poor country means you have bad food choices

It’s not that people in poorer countries want to eat unhealthily – but cost is a huge factor. Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock.com/Editorial use only Derek Headey, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Harold Alderman, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Poor diets are the number one risk factor in the global burden of disease: they account for one in …

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Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences

A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images Alex Broadbent, University of Johannesburg and Benjamin T H Smart, University of Johannesburg Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly …

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