Breastfeeding longer may contribute to later success, study finds

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A new study from Brazil shows that children who breastfed longer had higher IQs, and overall improved socioeconomic status. While grabbing big headlines as a simple solution to child development, some question the focus on IQ as an accurate measure of the known lifelong effects of…

Progress toward global gender equality slow and fragile, U.N. says

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Advocates and leaders from around the world are at the United Nations in New York City to press for equal gender rights by 2030. Massive change is needed – now – if there is hope to achieve the goal, said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Achieving gender…

Activists launch campaign to fight power of richest 1%

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Some heavy-hitting activists have joined the fight against the power held by the global 1 percent. ActionAid, Greenpeace, Oxfam and Civicus launched a new campaign that calls attention to the negative impact the world’s most powerful have on the environment and global poverty. Much like the…

New tool to measure confidence in vaccination launched

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As the Disneyland measles outbreak in the United States demonstrated – if not the two-to-three million child deaths from easily preventable diseases or the ongoing murders of polio vaccine volunteers in Pakistan – there’s often a tragic and sometimes deadly cost to loss of public confidence…

The Uber partnership with U.N. Women that wasn’t

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A partnership between the U.N.’s women’s agency and Uber fell apart as suddenly as it seemed to come together. Less than a fortnight after the U.S.-based taxi service issued a statement touting its goal to employ women, U.N. Women announced it was not collaborating with the company.…

South Africa donates comedian to fill American satire void

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The United States and cable network channel Comedy Central are looking south – all the way to Africa – for the person to replace an iconic satirist. Five months after making his debut on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah will now take the host seat occupied by…