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…

U.S. lacks commitment to end hunger and undernutrition

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With 805 million people suffering from from chronic hunger, it is obvious to say the problem is immense. Getting that down to zero will require donors to do their fair share. The United States has plenty of room for improvement in that area, finds the latest Hunger…

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…

News in the Humanosphere: Governments make big pledges to end malnutrition

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This action is a reflection of growing attention that is being paid to both micronutrient deficiency and also the public health burdens of obesity. “More than 170 governments pledged Wednesday to do more to prevent malnutrition around the globe, adopting voluntary guidelines to promote healthy diets…