Cause-of-death study shows progress – albeit unequal– and big red flags

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A massive cause-of-death study finds that we are living about six years longer than we did in 1990, that child deaths have plummeted thanks to greatly expanded immunizations, among other things, and that non-communicable diseases like diabetes are gaining prominence as top killers largely because of…

The documentary that has the Kenyan government riled up

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A documentary by Al Jazeera on Kenya’s death squads exposed the country’s extrajudicial killings and has the Qatar-based news organization under scrutiny in Kenya. The Kenyan government launched an investigation after the program premiered (watch above). It also issued public condemnations of the documentary. “The documentary…

USAID leader announces departure

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It’s official. Dr. Rajiv Shah, U.S. Agency for International Development administrator for roughly five years, is leaving in February. His departure marks the end of a period notable for significant reform efforts, the launches of high-potential initiatives and the exposure of scandals in Cuba. “It was…

Cirrhosis: It’s not just for heavy drinkers anymore

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By Amy VanderZanden, special to Humanosphere More people around the world are dying from cirrhosis of the liver than ever before, according to a new study on global causes of death published this week as part of an ongoing project known as the Global Burden of…

New initiative aims to end philanthropic neglect of Latin America

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A select group of philanthropists, business leaders and government officials are attempting to fill a big gap in the humanitarian universe – the chronic neglect of Latin America. “I remember back when I was in my early 30s, I heard (former German Chancellor) Helmut Schmidt speak…

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…