Melioidosis is a bacterial infection that quietly causes thousands of deaths each year. Meet the doctor who made it his mission to make the world take notice. Every morning, Prasart Songsorn used to wake before dawn to head out to the fields before the tropical sun and oppressive humidity made...
Rodwan Abouharb, UCL It seems the global campaign to protect human rights has had an unexpected side-effect: governments are changing their preferred methods of getting rid of political opponents. Fear of scrutiny has prompted governments to switch from brazenly killing their opponents to forcing them to “disappear” – leaving their fate...
The World Health Organisation has announced setting up a new global high-level commission to fight non-communicable diseases through bold and innovative solutions and accelerate preventive measures. The WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs is co-chaired by President Tabaré Vázquez of Uruguay; President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka; President Sauli...
 by Sue Palminteri, Mongabay Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have great potential for surveying wildlife, especially species that assemble in large numbers and that are easily disturbed by human presence. Scientists creatively combined high-tech UAVs and computer-vision algorithms with rubber ducks to assess the potential of aerial imagery to count...
Over 1,200 children have died during migration since 2014, the UN migration agency IOM has said. The figures, collected by IOM under the Missing Migrants Projects it launched in 2014, are likely to be much less than the actual figures, the agency has said. Nealy half of these children died as...
The “alarming holes” in the availability, reliability, timeliness and accessibility of data undermines the ability to understand how children and their families are impacted by migration and forced displacement, the United Nations and its associated agencies have said. According to the report, A call to action: Protecting children on the...
Michelle Jones, Anglia Ruskin University Today’s wars and conflicts are increasingly fought among and alongside civilian populations. This means that professional soldiers are ever more likely to encounter children during military operations. Despite international efforts to eradicate the use of children in conflict zones, it is estimated that 300,000 child...
Women should be allowed to have a natural childbirth experience, and the medical staff and midwives should not intervene in the labour unless there are real risks of complications, the World Health Organisation has said in its latest set of advisories. The body said that "increasing medicalization of childbirth processes...
Athia Yumna, SMERU Research Institute Last month, Oxfam released its annual inequality report at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This year’s report, titled “Reward Work, Not Wealth” highlights how the global economy enables a wealthy elite to accumulate vast fortunes while hundreds of millions of people struggle to...
Ultra-processed food, including pot noodles, shelf-stable ready meals, cakes and confectionery, may be linked to cancer, says a new study. The study, by researchers who analysed medical records and eating habits of nearly 105,000 adults found that a 12% increase in cancers of some kind when there was a 10%...

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