15 years ago, several Amish children from the same family died suddenly without any apparent cause. Researchers suspected mutations of the RYR2 gene—which can cause cardiac arrythmia—but molecular autopsy results were inconclusive. To date, 18 Amish children have died…

Every year fake medicines kill more than 120,000 children in Africa, which accounts for the bulk of substandard and fake medical products detected worldwide, Quartz Africa reports.   7 African countries are showing fresh political will to stop the scourge.  

The DRC’s measles outbreak death toll has passed 6,000, spurring the WHO to call on countries to step up assistance.   It is the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more 310,000 suspected cases reported since early 2019. Complicating the response: The country's…

“God, why? Why my baby?” Nuu Lameko’s baby girl, Lemina, lit up the world with her smile. Then the 10-month-old was one of 5,400 people in Samoa infected with measles. And 1 of 77 who died. The island nation of 200,000 was unprepared for the 300% increase in measles…

The first scientific study of the HIV outbreak in Ratodero, Pakistan shows an urgent need to ramp up efforts to control the outbreak and treat those infected, according to a London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine news release.  

Ethiopia experiences 7X the global prevalence of neural tube defects, which can mean babies born without brains or with protruding spinal cords.     “Probably every other day we see a child that is so bad we can’t help them,” says Tony Magana of Mekelle University School of…

The measles epidemic in Samoa has killed 25 people and infected over 2,000—most of them under age 3, the Samoa Observer reported. Schools are closed, large gatherings banned, and vaccinations mandatory under a new medical state of emergency. Health workers are aiming to…

Last year, 34,000 New York City school kids slept in homeless shelters, enough to “fill a small city.” The crisis has spiraled in the past decade. Less than than 60% of NYC’s homeless kids graduated from public high schools last year. Youngsters Sandivel…

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating its 30th anniversary today, is has led to remarkable strides but not complete success, UNICEF reports.

In 2017, 3,483 civilians were killed in the Afghan war. That same year, pollution was responsible for some 26,000 deaths.  Ancient cars and unchecked development pump toxins into the air. But nearly 75% of the deaths are attributable to household pollution.…