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Lychee fruit can kill underfed kids

Indian scientists confirm that toxins in the lychee fruit can cause fatal brain damage in underfed children.

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Our favorite Hub Originals from 2015

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2015. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged Read More

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Why Tortillas May Hold The Key To Healthier Babies

In the U.S., pastas and breads come with a dose of folic acid, a B vitamin that prevents severe neural tube birth defects. But it’s Read More

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Relative deprivation and risk factors for obesity in Canadian adolescents

Publication date: March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 152 Author(s): Frank J.


Malawi Experiencing Food Shortages After Fertilizer Grant Program Scaled Back

Reuters: In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hope and hunger “…Drought and floods have hit the maize crop, exposing the fragility of gains which had seen Malawi’s rates of malnutrition slashed in the past two decades. That progress was partly rooted in a fertilizer grant for small-scale farmers. But now the government,…More


Relationships of physical activity and sedentary time in obese parent-child dyads: a…

Research suggests physical activity is linked to obesity.


Weekly links February 5: the future of the World Bank, education reforms, nutrition evidence,…

The latest Journal of Economic Perspectives has two papers on the role of the World Bank: Clemens and Kremer on its role in facilitating international agreements to reduce poverty; and Ravallion on the role as a knowledge bank. Clemens and Kremer have a nice list of policy areas where developing countries have dramatically changed policies following World Bank involvement and conclude that “While it is impossible to quantify the Bank’s policy influence in a precise way, our judgment is that Bank donors are getting a tremendous amount of policy influence with their limited funding. This influence comes both through deals that link Bank finance to policy reform and through the Bank’s soft power. For this reason, allocating more resources to the Bank would be desirable.” The JEP also has a nice summary by Larry Katz of Roland Fryer’s work. The wonkblog on how much evidence there is (or is not) behind nutrition guidelines, and how evidence interacts with public policy demands – and of the difficulties of using RCTs in this context but also the dangers of veering towards nutritional nihilism Finally, if you wonder why your emails don’t get replied to, here is PhD comics


Provider, father, and bro – Sedentary Māori men and their thoughts on physical activity

Māori (indigenous peoples of New Zealand) men have a disproportionate prevalence of lifestyle-related illnesses and are targeted for national physical activity initiatives.


Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment (SPACE): rationale and study protocol…

Young children are prone to low levels of physical activity in childcare.


Fortified rice raises risk of hookworm infections

Cambodian children fed rice with added micronutrients were more at risk than those fed plain rice, finds study.


Shaping the discourse: What has the food industry been lobbying for in the Trans Pacific…

10.1080/09581596.2016.1139689<br/>Sharon Friel


Unrelenting drought forces Ethiopia to appeal for international aid

After months of denying that there is a problem, Ethiopia has finally made an appeal to international donors to address what some are calling its worst drought in a half-century. At least 10 million people need help despite massive improvements in the decades since the last famine that grabbed international headlines and spurred the LiveAid


Are studies underestimating the effects of sanitation on child nutrition? –…

Should child growth replace diarrhoea as the primary child health outcome for sanitation trials? We appreciate Derek Headey’s comment in relation to our trial1 that the window of opportunity to plausibly affect growth faltering is from in utero up to 24 months, and therefore that sanitation trials should focus growth assessments in children with exposure to the intervention who are younger than 24 months. Ongoing sanitation trials in rural Kenya (NCT01704105), Bangladesh (NCT01590095), and Zimbabwe (NCT01824940) have chosen to enrol target children in utero precisely because of the recognition that child stunting and environmental enteric dysfunction can begin before birth.


USAID Announces Additional $97M In Emergency Food Aid To Ethiopia; U.N. SG Ban Calls For More…

Agence France-Presse: Millions of Ethiopians facing worst drought for decades: U.N. “Ethiopia is struggling from its worst drought for 30 years with millions in dire need of life saving aid, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday…” (Boulo, 1/31). Associated Press: U.S. pledges $97M to combat Ethiopia’s drought “The U.S


Number Of Zimbabweans Needing Food Aid To Double Or Triple In 2016, Social Welfare Minister…

Bloomberg Business: Zimbabweans Needing Food Aid May Triple This Year, Minister Says “The number of Zimbabweans who will need emergency food aid this year may have doubled or trebled from last year, Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said. The southern African nation is facing its worst drought in almost two decades, withering crops and killing…More


Governments Must ‘Take Lead’ On Ending Childhood Obesity

Newsweek: Ending Childhood Obesity is a Global Challenge Sania Nishtar and Peter Gluckman, co-chairs of the WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity “…[O]nly a concerted whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach can hope to stem the rise in obesity. … [G]overnments must show leadership because the sectors involved are much broader than just health. … [The WHO’s…More


News in the Humanosphere: Drought causes widespread malnutrition in Papua New Guinea

People are dying of malnourishment and disease in remote, drought-stricken communities in Papua New Guinea, which will need food aid for the next few months to prevent more deaths…The latest data suggests that as many as 700,000 people in PNG are in critical need of food assistance, according to the World Food Programme. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1SMlm0G)


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