12 Aug, 2019

High cost of healthy food to blame for malnutrition

Variations in food prices around the world may help explain regional differences in malnutrition and obesity, with poorer populations missing out on healthy foods including eggs and dairy products because of their high cost, a study says. …

08 Aug, 2019

El Departamento de Educación Federal Quiere Frenar la “Trama Fraudulenta de Ayuda Estudiantil” en que Padres Ceden La Custodia a Través de Tutelas Dudosas

Actualización del 31 de julio, 2019: El gobernador de Illinois J. B. Pritzker dijo el miércoles que ha ordenado a sus funcionarios que investigaran el agujero legal que permite a familias acomodadas ceder la tutela de sus hijos para intentar conseguir ayuda financiera para gente necesitada. …

05 Aug, 2019

Apartment life for families means living at close quarters, but often feeling isolated too

Newer high-rise developments in Australia’s inner-city areas are increasingly home to parents raising young children. In the 2016 Census, family households represented nearly half of apartment residents. Close to one in ten children aged 0-4 live in apartments in Australia. …

01 Aug, 2019

Mosquito-killing drug ‘reduced malaria in children’

Experts have broadly welcomed a study that found repeated mass administration of the drug ivermectin could reduce malaria cases in children under five by a fifth, but caution that more analysis is needed. …

29 Jul, 2019

Fracking Companies Lost on Trespassing, but a Court Just Gave Them a Different Win

A week after the West Virginia Supreme Court unanimously upheld the property rights of landowners battling one natural gas giant, the same court tossed out a challenge filed by another group of landowners against a different natural gas company. …

25 Jul, 2019

Four steps to make your lawn a wildlife haven – from green desert to miniature rainforest

If you could ask British insects about the habitats they prefer, they’d probably tell you that you can’t improve on grassland that’s rich with wildflowers. For farmers, though, grassland is said to be “improved” if it has been treated with fertiliser and sown with fast growing grasses. …

22 Jul, 2019

Q&A: AWaRe tool targets smart antibiotic use

Inappropriate use of antibiotics is one of the leading drivers of drug resistance, so what can doctors do to ensure they don’t perpetuate the problem? In June, the World Health Organization launched its AWaRe tool, a simple system that classifies antibiotics into three categories. These categories — Access, Watch and Reserve — are meant to help healthcare providers and policymakers to decide which antibiotics they should prescribe freely, and which ones they should restrict.

18 Jul, 2019

Ill Nuclear Workers’ Benefits Petitions Have to Be Reviewed Within 6 Months. Some Have Languished About a Decade.

Ten years ago, a security guard at Los Alamos National Laboratory submitted a petition to the federal government seeking compensation and benefits for his fellow lab workers who were sick with cancer and believed that radiation at the lab was to blame. …

15 Jul, 2019

Total eclipse, partial failure: Scientific expeditions don’t always go as planned

For centuries, astronomers have realized that total solar eclipses offer a valuable scientific opportunity. During what’s called totality, the opaque moon completely hides the bright photosphere of the sun – its thin surface layer that emits most of the sun’s light. …

11 Jul, 2019

Q&A: ‘Put patients before profits’ to beat drug resistance

As bacteria become increasingly resistant to the world’s existing armoury of antibiotics, effective new drugs are desperately needed. But an increasing number of pharmaceutical companies are abandoning the unprofitable quest to develop novel antimicrobials. …

08 Jul, 2019

In Montana, a Tough Negotiator Proved Employers Don’t Have to Pay So Much for Health Care

Marilyn Bartlett took a deep breath, drew herself up to her full 5 feet and a smidge, and told the handful of Montana officials that she had a radical strategy to bail out the state’s foundering benefit plan for its 30,000 employees and their families. …

04 Jul, 2019

Early days, but we’ve found a way to lift the IQ and resilience of Australia’s most vulnerable children

What happens in our first three years profoundly influences the rest of our lives. Children who encounter extreme adversity in those early years – including prolonged exposure to physical or sexual abuse and living in a highly stressful family environment – are likely to suffer major impairments to their development that can lead to lower educational achievement and workforce participation, involvement in risky behaviours including criminal activity, and lifelong health problems. …

01 Jul, 2019

In Pennsylvania, It’s Open Season on Undocumented Immigrants

QUAKERTOWN, PA — From the time they first flirted at a party, Anne and Ludvin Franco were inseparable. It did not matter that Anne, a waitress, was Pennsylvania Dutch going back generations, while Ludvin, a cook, had grown up in the scrublands of eastern Guatemala. …

28 Jun, 2019

Biodiversity helps coral reefs thrive – and could be part of strategies to save them

Coral reefs are home to so many species that they often are called “the rainforests of the seas.” Today they face a daunting range of threats, including ocean warming and acidification, overfishing and pollution. Worldwide, more than one-third of all coral species are at risk of extinction. …

25 Jun, 2019

How complexity science can get aid working

Ben Ramalingam’s new book, Aid on the Edge of Chaos, challenges development practitioners to step back and ask: “Is there a better way to deliver aid and humanitarian assistance?” My answer is simple — there has to be! …

19 Jun, 2019

Meet the ocean creatures that use a mesh of mucus to catch their food

All animals must eat to survive. If you’ve heard the term “grazer” before, it may bring to mind familiar farm animals, such as cows or sheep munching on pastureland. But the ocean has its own suite of grazers, with very different — even bizarre — body forms and feeding techniques. Instead of teeth, one group of these invertebrates uses sheets of mucus to consume huge quantities of tiny plant-like particles. …

17 Jun, 2019

Court to Big Fracking Company: Trespassing Still Exists — Even For You

Seven years ago this month, Beth Crowder and David Wentz told natural gas giant EQT Corp. that it did not have permission to come onto their West Virginia farm to drill for the natural gas beneath neighboring properties. …

13 Jun, 2019

Why suburban parks offer an antidote to helicopter parenting

Well-designed suburban parks could be an antidote to helicopter parenting. As well as giving kids much-needed time outdoors being active, suburban parks offer kids opportunities to decide what activities they do, new research shows. It’s an ideal opportunity for parents to let go of their task-focused daily agendas, even if just for a little while. …

10 Jun, 2019

Q&A: ‘There is a silent rejection’ of large health interventions

A community organisation in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is challenging how health organisations typically go about their work in poor parts of the world. “The dominant paradigm has been that we need to develop these solutions [in] elite environments and then transport them into the communities,” says Vishwajeet Kumar, founder of the Community Empowerment Lab. “I have a very different take.” …

06 Jun, 2019

Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.

By late 2016, many of the nation’s 25,000 chicken farmers said they had grown bitterly frustrated by the administration of President Barack Obama. Under Obama, top officials had promised to help farmers by tightening regulations on meat processing companies, which for decades had been growing bigger and more powerful. The industry consolidation extended to beef, dairy and pork as well as poultry, but the Obama administration was particularly concerned about the effects on farmers who raise chickens on contract for giants such as Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride. …
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