Thursday, August 27, 2015
  1. The UN at 70

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    The UN at 70


     outlines three reforms needed to enable the institution to meet twenty-first-century challenges.

    UN Flag UN Photo/Flickr

    Next month's meeting of world leaders at the United Nations' headquarters in New York will mark the organization's 70th anniversary. But, though the UN remains the best bargain on the planet, it must be upgraded in three key ways if it is to continue to play its unique and vital global role. READ MORE

  2. How Safe Substances Become Dangerous

    Henry I. Miller

    How Safe Substances Become Dangerous


     criticizes a recent decision by a WHO agency to label a common herbicide as carcinogenic.

    Farmer weed crop International Institute of Tropical Agriculture/Flickr

    The recent decision by the IARC to label the commonly used herbicide 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic to humans" is based on a mistaken application of toxicology. If substances like 2,4-D are made unavailable, American farmers will be forced to resort to other methods to control weeds – none of them as safe or efficient. READ MORE

  3. The Dangers of the Milk-Sharing Economy

    Sarah A. Keim

    The Dangers of the Milk-Sharing Economy


     worries that a single-minded focus on breastfeeding is fueling risky behavior.

    Baby with bottle ohocheese/Flickr

    Whether to ensure an infant’s survival following the death or illness of its mother, or as part of a wet-nursing arrangement, sharing breast milk has long been acceptable, if not lifesaving. But, over the last 5-10 years, a new kind of milk-sharing economy has emerged – one that magnifies certain risks to recipient infants. READ MORE

  4. Local Innovation for Local Problems

    Muhammad Hamid Zaman

    Local Innovation for Local Problems


     encourages policymakers in the developing world to promote a culture of research at home.

    Modern Medicine NVinacco/Flickr

    When it comes to finding solutions to problems like the proliferation of fake or low-quality drugs, policymakers in the developing world are more likely to look abroad than at home. This is a big mistake, as local innovation is likely to be central to any successful effort to address the problem – and many others as well. READ MORE

  5. Polio’s Last Stand

    Seth Berkley, ET AL

    Polio’s Last Stand

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    &  laud Nigeria's success in stamping out the disease as a precedent for other health efforts.

    Polio vaccination UN Photo/Flickr

    Nigeria has not has a single case of wild polio in the last 12 months. This important achievement provides grounds for optimism, not only in the fight against polio, but for global health efforts in general, showing that it is possible to bring modern medicine to the world’s most marginalized and hard-to-reach children. READ MORE

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