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Study Links Maternal Height To Children’s Health Outcomes

Malnutrition suffered during a woman’s childhood “can adversely affect the health of her children, Harvard researchers said Tuesday,” following the release of their study in developing countries, which “found that the shortest women were substantially more likely to have children who died at an early age, who were underweight or who failed to thrive, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical [Association]” (JAMA), the Los Angeles Times’ blog “Shots” reports.

Reuters Examines Uneven Economic Growth, Welfare Programs In India

Reuters reports on the recent efforts by India’s government to expand welfare programs throughout the country: “Since helping the Congress party win re-election last year, welfare has fast become the government’s knee-jerk answer to policy dilemmas as it tries to ease food inflation, help growth trickle down to the poor, and win hearts and minds in” the country, the news service writes.

Also In Global Health News: Developing Countries’ Drug Demand; GHI Event; Kenya’s HIV/AIDS Treatment; Zimbabwe’s 30 Years Of Independence; TB Project

Demand For Drugs In Developing Countries Will Continue to Grow, Report Finds “Drug sales may grow at least 5 percent worldwide in each year through 2014 as increasing demand in developing countries offsets price drops tied to generic competition, according to [the research company] IMS Health Inc.,” Bloomberg/Business Week reports.…

Also In Global Health News: Poverty In India; Measles Outbreak In Zimbabwe; Malaria Drugs In Uganda; Zambia’s Cholera Outbreak; Proposed British Foreign Aid Law

More Than 410M People Living In Poverty In India, Estimates Show Estimates released on Sunday show there are more than 410 million people living on less than $1.25 per day in India – “100 million more people living below the poverty line than in 2004,” Reuters reports (Majumdar/Neogy, 4/18). The estimates…

Opinion: After Health Reform, U.S. Should Focus On Responding To Global Health Needs

“Now that the Obama administration has delivered on health care in the United States, we should think about families around the globe who suffer from malnutrition and lack access to basic maternal and child health-care services, including family planning,” Thomas Lovejoy of Population Action International and Jim Harkness, president of…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Perspective Offers Ethical Case For Pursuing Polio Eradication A Lancet perspective piece examines the ethical case for pursuing polio eradication, ahead of an anticipated announcement by the World Health Assembly next month to endorse an aggressive strategy to stop polio transmission. “In a world of limited and finite resources there…