10 global health issues to watch in 2015

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By Margarite Nathe, special to Humanosphere  Summary: Mobile tech. Global health security. Cancer. We’ve got our eyes on 10 topics that will shape 2015 for many of us—especially the health workforce. No one could have predicted that Ebola would dominate global health headlines in 2014. We…

This superhero takes on violence against women in India

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The fight against sexual violence in India has a new ally – a comic book superhero.  Priya, a gang-rape survivor, teams up with the Goddess Parvati to put an end to gender-based crimes in India. The aim is to reach the young generation of Indians and…

Venezuela’s woes bring Latin America poverty reduction to a halt

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After years of substantial improvements in Latin America’s poverty rates, a new report shows that since 2012 rates have stalled and that the number of people living in extreme poverty has increased. About 28 percent of the people in the region live in poverty, totaling about…

Visualizing Haiti’s new and improving health landscape

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By Lauren Hashiguchi, special to Humanosphere Five years after a massive earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the crowded capital of Haiti, killing between 160,000 and 200,000 people and displacing more than 1.5 million people to tent camps, there are signs of improvement. Many have criticized the international community’s…

U.S. suspends major contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan over misconduct

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The largest non-profit contractor for the United States government in Iraq and Afghanistan was suspended from receiving future contracts. The United States Agency for International Development, USAID, announced late Monday that International Relief and Development, IRD, was guilty of “serious misconduct,” based on a review of…

LEGO ditches Shell over oil drilling in Arctic

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The opening scenes of “The Lego Movie” introduces the audience to main character Emmet Brickowoski, an average construction worker who lives in a world where “everything is awesome.” The upbeat pop tune, sung by Tegan And Sara featuring the comedy trio The Lonely Island, sets the…

On deflated footballs and public attention

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Opinion The two biggest stories in New England right now are Boston’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics and a bunch of under-inflated footballs used by the Patriots. The cover story for the Portland Press Herald on Thursday was about deflategate and its effect on the…