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IHME Director Discusses Health Metrics In Humanosphere Podcast

Humanosphere: Transforming global health with metrics: Chris Murray Humanosphere correspondent Gabe Spitzer notes Humanosphere founder and lead journalist Tom Paulson spoke with Chris Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, in last week’s podcast. “An institute of health metrics may sound to some like a…

Longer Breastfeeding Associated With Higher IQ, Better Socioeconomic Status, Study Shows

Humanosphere: Breastfeeding longer may contribute to later success, study finds “A new study from Brazil shows that children who breastfed longer had higher IQs and overall improved socioeconomic status,” Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy writes about a study published this week in The Lancet Global Health, noting, “The big news is…

Malaria-Related Brain Swelling Causes Death In Some Children, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing how brain swelling contributes to some malaria deaths in children. New York Times: Brain Swelling Tied to Deaths From Malaria “When children die from a severe form of malaria, swelling of the brain is often…

U.K., Drug Companies Announce $100M Venture Capital Fund For Dementia Research, As U.N. Opens First-Ever Dementia Conference

Financial Times: Dementia research boosted by $100m venture capital fund “Research into dementia is to be boosted by a $100m venture capital fund backed by the U.K. government and several of the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals companies…” (Ward, 3/17). Reuters: Dementia drug research aided by $100 million venture capital fund “…The…

Indian Health Officials To Review Study Findings Showing H1N1 Swine Flu Mutations

IANS/Zee News: MIT swine flu report to be studied: Indian experts “A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) report claiming that the swine flu virus in India may have mutated and become severely infectious needs to be studied thoroughly before being accepted, Indian health experts said on Thursday…” (3/12). Reuters: India,…

Gates Foundation Using Direct Equity Investments To Further Its Goals

New York Times: From the Gates Foundation, Direct Investment, Not Just Grants “…The [Bill & Melinda Gates F]oundation, which has distributed billions of dollars in grants to improve health and living conditions in developing countries, is increasingly expanding its tool kit, using some of its capital to invest directly in…

Indian Prime Minister Launches First Indian-Made Rotavirus Vaccine

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Make in India: Modi Launches New Vaccine Divya Sachdev, project manager at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the launch of ROTAVAC®, “India’s first indigenously discovered and manufactured rotavirus vaccine.” She writes, “The development of ROTAVAC® is testimony to the partnerships and…