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Having the climate cake and eating it, too
Is it possible to solve climate change, reduce poverty and save biodiversity at a single stroke? It might seem like a dream, but this is exactly the issue that is being discussed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali Dec. 3-14, 2007. The key is to include reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation in the Kyoto Protocol so that developing countries can be compensated for saving their forests and woodlands. (2007-11-29)

ILR report connects disabilities, employment and poverty
The Third Annual Disability Status Report, published by the ILR School at Cornell University, reveals that almost 38 percent of people with disabilities are employed, compared with almost 80 percent of people without disabilities. (2007-11-20)

Lessons from Turkey's bird flu outbreak
Rapid responses by Turkey's health authorities and key health personnel were critical in bringing the 2006 bird flu outbreak under control, according to research published in the online open access journal, BMC Public Health. Those involved cite poverty and families sharing their homes with poultry as factors behind the virus' transfer to humans. (2007-11-14)

Why poor kids may make sicker adults
Scientists have known for years that people living in poverty have poorer health and shorter lifespans than the more affluent. Now, Cornell University researchers have identified several key mechanisms in 13-year-olds that may help explain how low socioeconomic status takes its toll on health. (2007-11-07)

John Vercoe Conference
The International Livestock Research Institute is convening a meeting in Nairobi Nov. 8-9, 2007, to address how the rising prices for livestock foods can help rather than hurt the world's poor. The participating experts in animal science, including leading breeders from Africa, Asia and Latin America, will pull together the latest scientific thinking in a range of fields to formulate a new framework for improving smallholder breeding. (2007-11-05)

Distance from transplant center cannot explain racial gap in kidney transplant waitlisting
Why are African-American patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) less likely to be placed on waiting lists for kidney transplantation? It's not because they live farther away from transplant centers, reports a study being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Francisco. (2007-11-04)

Gambling on Russian economic forecasting
The Russian economy is divided, with a thriving middle class driving consumption and growth while those living in poverty are truly poor. A new study published in the inaugural issue of the Inderscience publication the International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies suggests that the divisions will only deepen over the next decade. (2007-11-01)

Highlights from the November 2007 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The November 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest. Below is a summary of some of this month's articles. (2007-11-01)

Now is Africa's turn for a green revolution, global experts say
A renowned group of speakers, including Pedro Sanchez and Jeffrey Sachs, share the promise of fighting hunger in Africa through agricultural productivity at (2007-10-26)

Wide income gap linked to deaths in both rich and poor nations
A wide income gap between the most affluent and the worst off in society is closely associated with higher death rates worldwide, especially for younger adults, finds a study published on bmj.com today as part of a global theme issue on poverty and human development. (2007-10-23)

Journal of the American Dental Association spotlights poverty
The Journal of the American Dental Association joins 234 other international scientific journals today in publishing a global theme issue on poverty and human development, an unprecedented collaborative effort among the world's biomedical publications. (2007-10-22)

9 SAGE journals participate in global theme issue on poverty and human development
SAGE, the world's fifth largest journal publisher, is proud to be participating in a global theme issue on poverty and human development launched today by the Council of Science Editors. (2007-10-22)

Hand hygiene initiative aims to decrease healthcare-associated infection in developing countries
An open-access commentary in the December 2007 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology examines a recently launched a global initiative by the World Health Organization to combat healthcare-associated infection by improving hand hygiene in health care. The commentary is part of the Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development. (2007-10-22)

Educating local physicians key to care of children with cleft deformities in Zimbabwe
A surgical team that traveled to Zimbabwe successfully treated 39 children with cleft lip or palate, and an ongoing relationship with physicians there will help meet the needs of local patients, according to an article that will appear in the November/December 2007 print issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-10-22)

Nutritional and environmental interventions can help decrease child deaths worldwide
Interventions that improve nutrition and environmental conditions can also provide substantial gains toward the goal of reducing child mortality, especially when the interventions prioritize the poor, according to a study in the Oct. 24/31 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on poverty and human development. (2007-10-22)

XDR TB in South Africa traced to lack of drug susceptibility testing
In South Africa, the 2001 implementation of the World Health Organization's antituberculosis program may have inadvertently helped to create a new strain of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. In a new study published in the Dec. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, currently available online, researchers tracked the developing drug resistance of one particular strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis over 12 years. (2007-10-22)

Global theme issue on poverty and human development
Four Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. journals are participating in the Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development, a special worldwide publishing event on Oct. 22, 2007, to raise awareness and stimulate dialogue to address poverty and human development. The Council of Science Editors has organized this unique simultaneous publication event with the participation of key journals throughout the world, including those published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (2007-10-22)

Influenza vaccine causes weaker immune response for rural children
Researchers have found that vaccination against influenza strains seems to be more effective in a semi-urban population than in a rural population of schoolchildren in Gabon, Africa, according to an article in the Dec. 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study suggests that infection with parasites and/or poor nutrition may have an impact on the effectiveness of influenza vaccine. (2007-10-22)

Good outcomes possible for HIV-infected children in Africa enrolled in pediatric treatment programs
Care provided by nurses and other clinicians in primary health care settings in sub-Saharan Africa can result in good outcomes for children with HIV infection. But the death rate is high during the first 90 days of therapy, pointing to a need for early intervention, according to a study in the Oct. 24/31 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on poverty and human development. (2007-10-22)

Which intervention would do the most to improve the health of the extreme poor?
For PLoS Medicine's special issue on poverty and health, the journal asked thirty commentators, including some of the world's most respected global health experts, to name the one intervention that would improve the health of those living on less than $1 a day. (2007-10-22)

Journals collaborate to increase awareness of worldwide problems of poverty and human development
More than 200 medical and scientific journals from 34 developing and developed countries are simultaneously publishing articles on poverty and human development to raise awareness and disseminate research about this critically important global topic, according to two editorials in the Oct. 24/31 issue of JAMA. This Global Theme Issue is coordinated by the Council of Science Editors. (2007-10-22)

Personal safety concerns could thwart exercise targets for the poor
Exercise is strongly promoted for the maintenance of good health -- particularly as regards people on lower incomes, who are generally less physically active. However, new research published in PLoS Medicine suggests that one barrier to physical activity in low-income areas may be that people do not consider their environment safe enough to allow them to walk, cycle or take other forms of outdoor exercise. (2007-10-22)

Which intervention would do the most to improve the health of the extreme poor?
This week PLoS Medicine publishes a special collection of articles that aim to highlight the profound influence of poverty upon health, as part of the Council of Science Editors' Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development. In this tip sheet: Which intervention would do the most to improve the health of the extreme poor?; Executive Director of UNAIDS discusses links between AIDS and poverty; and Can the international framework of children's rights be used to improve child survival rates? (2007-10-22)

Spreading information improves delivery of health, social services in rural India
Providing a structured informational program about entitled health and social services to resource-poor rural villagers in India improved the delivery of these services to the people who may need them, according to a study in the Oct. 24/31 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on poverty and human development. (2007-10-22)

Using information technologies to conduct clinical trials in low income settings
This week PLoS Medicine publishes a special collection of articles that aim to highlight the profound influence of poverty upon health, as part of the Council of Science Editors' Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development. Can the international framework of children's rights be used to improve child survival rates? In this tip sheet: Using information technologies to conduct clinical trials in low income settings; and Improving access to health care in the world's poorest countries. (2007-10-22)

Elsevier journals participate widely in global theme issue on poverty and human development
Today, The National Institutes of Health is hosting the launch of the Council of Science Editors' global theme issue on poverty and human development, to coincide with the publication of related research by more than 230 journals worldwide. (2007-10-22)

WHO EURO region ministerial forum on TB must reach out beyond borders of Europe
The WHO EURO region's Ministerial Forum on tuberculosis on Oct. 22, 2007, in Berlin, must take account of the threat of TB both outside as well as inside Europe if it is to be tackled adequately. These are the conclusions of authors of a comment published in this week's edition of The Lancet. (2007-10-18)

Rice-producing nations call for increased focus on production
The world's major rice-producing nations -- including China and India -- are calling for closer collaboration in efforts to feed Asia's billions of rice consumers in the face of unprecedented new challenges. (2007-10-17)

Revisions to 'College Cost Reduction and Access Act' will create barriers to primary care
Revisions recently made by Congress to the economic hardship definition in the (2007-10-08)

$4 million nursing grant focuses on at-risk premature infants
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has received a $4.1 million federal grant to develop ways to improve the early growth and development of premature infants who have two or more social-environmental risks such as poverty or minority status. (2007-10-04)

Center for Poverty Research to study senior hunger in America
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research has received a major research grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America Foundation to study the economic and demographic causes, consequences and future of senior hunger in America. (2007-09-28)

Asia-Pacific nations urged to study biofuels more carefully
Scientists say there is an urgent need to support the current rush toward major decisions on biofuel policies in Asia and the Pacific with solid research and unbiased information about their potential benefits, impact and risks. (2007-09-20)

Improving the health of 2 billion in energy poverty
Around two billion of the world's population are suffering adverse health effects through lack of access to clean energy, and are exposed to high levels of indoor air pollutants from the inefficient burning of natural biomass fuels. (2007-09-12)

Improving health through energy efficiency and technology in urban areas
Improving energy efficiency and technology of energy use in urban areas and homes has the potential to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions and improve health. These are the conclusions of Dr. Paul Wilkinson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and colleagues, authors of this fourth paper in the Lancet's Series on Energy and Health, titled (2007-09-12)

Huge increase in resources for mental disorders required worldwide
Scarcity of resources for mental health, inequity in access to them and inefficiencies in their use have serious consequences, the most direct of which is that people who need care get none. (2007-09-03)

Launch of UNU-WIDER study: measuring human well-being: key findings and policy lessons
The World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) wil offer new insights that allow for the better design, application, and interpretation of measures of well-being. The research focusses on inter-country assessments such as the well-known Human Development Index. Study contributors will present key findings at the UN Secretariat, New York (2007-08-31)

HIV research in sub-Saharan Africa receives major boost from Wellcome Trust
The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, based in an area of South Africa where over one in five people are HIV infected, is to receive approximately £15 million over five years, subject to a three year review, from the Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest medical research charity. The Centre will use the funding to improve the health status of people in the area, with a particular focus on HIV infection. (2007-08-29)

Increased distance to physician associated with thicker skin cancer at diagnosis
The farther patients travel to reach the physician who diagnoses their melanoma, the more likely they are to have thicker skin cancer at diagnosis, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-08-20)

AIDS not the downfall of African families; MU study finds poverty is the prevailing issue
The media's message is clear: the AIDS epidemic will be the downfall of families in Africa. A new study by a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher calls that an overstatement. Her study shows that AIDS compounds the issue of poverty in households where poverty is already a prevailing issue, especially when a household loses its primary income earner to AIDS. (2007-08-20)

Year-round schools don't boost learning, study finds
Students in (2007-08-11)

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