21 September 2012
Vol 337, Issue 6101

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COVER A vending machine filled with healthy substitutes for highly processed foods. Affluence paved the way for technology and medicines to combat infection, but even well-off nations have communities that are increasingly plagued by noncommunicable diseases, including cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Addressing this huge prospective burden of long-term disease is a priority in the design of a new generation of preventative strategies, including healthier eating. See our special section beginning on page 1466. Image: Mike Kemp/Getty Images