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Ending Gender-Based Violence Key to Health and Well-Being

Friday, March 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Similarly, the reproductive and sexual health needs of survivors from rape and sexual violence – to reduce the risk of HIV and STIs, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe terminations, and long-term reproductive complications – are often unmet, stigmatised and under-reported.

New Tuberculosis Drugs May Become Ineffective: Study

Friday, March 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - New antibiotics that could treat tuberculosis may rapidly become ineffective, according to new research published by the Lancet ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.

Menstrual Hygiene Project Keeps Girls in School

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DHAKA, Mar 23 (IPS) - Breaking taboos surrounding menstruation, a project to distribute sanitary napkins to girls in one district of Bangladesh has had a positive impact on school dropout rates – and should be replicated in other parts of the country, experts say.

Disabled Caribbeans Find Freedom in Technology

Thursday, March 23, 2017

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 23 (IPS) - Visually impaired Kerryn Gunness is excited about the possibilities offered by a new free app that would serve as his eyes and enable people like him to enjoy greater independence.

Sweetened Research, Sugared Recommendations

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 22 (IPS) - In 2015, Coca Cola's chief scientist was forced to resign after revelations that the company had funded researchers to present academic papers recommending exercise to address obesity and ill health, while marginalizing the role of dietary consumption. Coca-Cola, the world's largest producer of sugary beverages, had provided millions of dollars to fund researchers to downplay the links between sugar and obesity, tooth decay and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

No Water, No Life – Don’t Waste It!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - During the final exams of Spanish official high school of journalists, a student was asked by the panel of professors-examiners: If scientists discover that there is water in Planet Mars, how would you announce this news, what would be your title? The student did not hesitate a second: "There is life in Mars!" The student was graduated with the highest score.

Three Times as Many Mobile Phones as Toilets in Africa

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Mar 21 (IPS) - Though key to good health and economic wellbeing, water and sanitation remain less of a development priority in Africa, where high costs and poor policy implementation constrain getting clean water and flush toilets to millions.

Smiling Towards Development

Monday, March 20, 2017

ROME, Mar 20 (IPS) - Previous indications of national prosperity have focused on income, poverty, health and, above all, Gross Domestic Product, but on March 20th, World Happiness Day commemorates what is perhaps becoming the new way to measure welfare: happiness.

Children Tapped to End Child Marriage in Indonesia

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

JAKARTA, Mar 14 (IPS) - The Indonesian government is tapping children as advocates against child marriage in this Southeast Asian country where over 340,000 girls get married before they reach 18 years old every year.

A Structural Theory of Aging

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ALICANTE, Spain, Mar 14 (IPS) - Wikipedia has much to offer under "aging". Highly recommended are the 10 points by the world's oldest living man, 114, Walter Breuning.

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