The foundation for child health starts at the floor

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Architect Peter Williams sees design as a way to help improve the lives of the most vulnerable people on the planet, arguing that there is a strong connection between better home design and improved health. Williams grew up in a home with a dirt floor in…

Global hunger rates down, but 850 million still suffer

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Fewer people in the world suffer from hunger. That is the good news. The bad news is that some 850 million people wrangle with hunger and 2 billion suffer from what is considered hidden hunger. Those are the top-line findings from the 2014 Global Hunger Index,…

U.N. comes up short, must cut food aid for Afghanistan and Syria

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The United Nations needs nearly twice as much money as it has on hand to feed people in Afghanistan and Syria. The U.N. will have to cut rations, affecting about 7.9 million people, the World Food Programme announced this week. The WFP needs $8.5 billion for…

Visualizing how Syria’s war undermines health

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Ongoing conflict in Syria dominates the headlines as the Islamic State (ISIL) advances. The hysteria over this newest terror threat is obscuring the continued suffering of innocent civilians. The war destroys lives not only through the bombs that rip through neighborhoods, but also through its destabilizing…

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…

Nick Kristof Q&A on the new book: A Path Appears

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The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is in Seattle today, to participate in a social media-oriented event hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote innovations in global health and to celebrate some examples of progress already made. He will also speak at…