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Hookworm, a disease of extreme poverty, is thriving in the US south. Why?

Exclusive: in America, the worlds richest country, diseases that thrive amid poverty are rampant, the first study of its kind in modern times shows Children playing feet away from open pools of raw sewage; drinking water pumped beside cracked pipes of untreated waste; human faeces flushed back into kitchen sinks […]

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Meet the nurse who will soon perform surgery on patients alone

Unlike other nursing roles, a surgical care practitioner is involved with the patient every step of the way In the operating theatre, scalpel in hand, Sara Dalby is reminded of snow: When youre making the first incision, its like making a set of footprints in it. Its never going to […]

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Billionaire Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide

Exclusive: Melbourne, Accra and Ulaanbaatar among cities to benefit from funding pledged by former New York mayor to tackle issues from air pollution to obesity Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire bte noire of both the sugar industry and the tobacco industry, famously fought for a ban on the sale of large-sized […]

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Are smartphones really making our children sad?

US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, responded to the campaign. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life […]

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100 best nonfiction books: No 79 The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano (1789)

The most famous slave memoir of the 18th century is a powerful and terrifying read and established Equiano as a founding figure in black literary tradition Black literature begins with the slave memoirs of the 18th century. Equianos Interesting Narrative is the most famous of these, especially once it was […]

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Stop children bingeing on social media during holidays, parents urged

Childrens commissioner says too much time is spent online as she launches five a day campaign The childrens commissioner has warned parents that they must intervene to stop their children overusing social media and consuming time online like junk food. As web use reaches record highs among children, regulate their […]

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Shadow of leprosy falls again as experts claim millions of cases go undiagnosed

Widespread belief that disease was all but beaten may have bred complacency, specialists warn, amid fears that number of cases is 50% higher than reported Millions of new leprosy cases are going undiagnosed and untreated, 15 years after one of the worlds most feared and infamous diseases was declared to […]

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