Jane Badham There is no doubt that we live in a society that has been led to unequivocally believe that fat, any fat is bad for you and should be avoided at all costs - to the point where it has become a mantra for many!

Diabetes - the search for earlier detection and for replacement of lost insulin-producing cells

Izelle Theunissen, MRC NEWS The early bird catches the worm - or so the saying goes. That's also true for spotting type 2 diabetes. Dr Sonia Wolfe-Coote, Director of the MRC's Diabetes Research Group, tells of the Group's research towards finding new technologies for early detection methods and for ß-cell replenishment. Epidemiological evidence suggests that the typical Western lifestyle has a price tag - as more and more people adopt the 'fatty food no exercise' way of life, so the incidence of type 2 diabetes is soaring.

Carotino - munching away at micronutrient deficiencies

Medical research council scientists have developed a novel way to address dietary deficiencies of essential micronutrients - find out about Carotino, the MRC's "Red Palm Oil" biscuit. In 1995 the Nutritional Intervention Research Unit of the Medical Research Council conducted a community survey in a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal to determine the nutritional status of the mothers and their children in the area. This survey revealed a high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies to the extent that the deficiencies of iron, iodine and vitamin A could be considered a public health problem...


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