We don’t know how to prevent the new leading killer of children

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Being born too early is now the leading cause of death in children around the world. Preterm deliveries were responsible for 1 million out of the 6.3 million deaths of children under 5 in 2013. Its negative impacts stretch further when taking into account the health…

Nigeria publishes detailed data on schools and health clinics

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Want to know where all the health centers are in Apa, Nigeria? There’s a map for that. In fact, the same map has data on water points and schools for that village and more than 700 Local Government Authorities across the country. An internal system designed…

Explaining pneumonia’s big global decline on a tiny budget

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By Nancy Fullman, special to Humanosphere There appears to be a disconnect between the global burden of pneumonia and how much money is spent on attempting to reduce this burden, which Humanosphere recently summed up as: Pneumonia leads in killing children, but not in global health financing. In…

Selling charity: Of Band-Aids and bling

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By Ami Shah, visiting professor at Pacific Lutheran University What drives our willingness to help? Altruism? The desire for good karma? Or bling? That’s right. Bling. Charity, compassion and altruism have become market commodities – things that can be bought and displayed, demonstrating our commitments to…

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…

Hopes for new life dashed in America’s oil boom-town

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The American Dream is alive in North Dakota. The latest frontier in the great American oil scramble attracts people across the country and around the world with the hopes of striking it rich. Stories trickle back home of people making six-figure salaries for jobs involving physical…