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Nigeria's universities | Salt and the body

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2019


Editor's note

With about 465 higher education institutions including universities, polytechnics and education colleges, Nigeria’s higher education system is the biggest on the continent. But, when compared to other emerging economies like South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, Turkey and Brazil, Nigeria is lagging behind when it comes to academic performance and research output. David Mba explains why and what can be done about it.

South Africa led the world in taking steps to reduce excessive salt intake. Its efforts seem to be having an effect. But Alta Schutte and Michél Strauss set out why campaigns should be adjusted to fit in with new scientific findings, some of which are challenging long-held beliefs about how salt affects the body.

Nontobeko Mtshali

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