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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…

Supporting Women’s Health, Family Planning Critical To Ending Modern Slavery

Huffington Post: One Way Forward in Ending Modern Slavery: Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at Central European University “Last month, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen.…

Longer Life Expectancy, Population Growth Worry Some Global Health, Development Experts

The Guardian: 2015 challenges: demographic shifts “U.N. predictions put the world population at eight billion in 2025. That’s an extra five billion people on the planet in less than a lifetime (the global population was three billion in 1960). The dramatic growth is driven by more people surviving beyond childhood…

International Community Must ‘Break Its Silence On Menstruation’

Huffington Post: Tackling the Taboo of Menstruation Chris W. Williams, executive director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council “…One of the least discussed, yet most pervasive stigmas in gender equality is female menstruation. In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to sexism that can hold…

Mobile Family Planning Services Reach Low-Income, Rural Populations In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reaching the Unreached with Family Planning in India David J. Olson of Olson Global Communication discusses the impact of mobile family planning services in India. The operation, run by Janani, brings family planning products and services to people who have limited access to…

Successful Rural Health Programs Need Service Integration

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Vaccine Heroes and the Work Ahead Using a small Indian village as an example, Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Gates Foundation, discusses “the importance of working to ensure health services are integrated across vaccines, family planning,…