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Global Health
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Rural women lead fight against infant mortality in DR Congo

As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths. But since becoming head nurse at Athenee clinic when it opened in 2013 in the western province of Kongo Central, Empunda has not recorded a single child death.

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What Jason Chaffetz gets wrong and the Pope gets right about poverty

Poverty is back in the headlines thanks to a pair of public figures. The comments illustrate divergent views, and only one is correct. “Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CNN. “So maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest that in health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”

Global Health
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South Korean life spans race past 90 years, while the U.S. falls behind

South Korean women could be the first to live longer than 90 years thanks to a healthy lifestyle and equitable health care. According to a new study published last week, life spans should increase in all 35 of the high-income countries examined if business continues as usual. Sadly, gains are “notably low” in the U.S. – the only country in the study without universal health care.

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