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[Comment] Offline: Public health—when ideology trumps science

Politicians call it a “war on diabetes”. With one in five Singaporeans projected to have diabetes (that’s 1 million people) by 2050, the Government of Singapore responded earlier this year with welcome urgency. One can understand why. Today, diabetes costs Singapore S$1 billion. By 2050, that figure will likely have risen to S$2·5 billion. Painful past failures—the “war on cancer” and the “war on drugs”—have not deterred Singapore’s public health leaders. They worry they face an unsustainable future.

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