Baltimore’s recent events are a call to action in terms of many public health issues, not least of which is lead poisoning. Like Freddie Gray’s childhood home, aging houses throughout Baltimore and Toledo put kids at risk of the cognitive and physical damage from lead (…

How to help children in Malawi where 78 our of 1,000 died in 2012 before reaching age 5 and nearly half of children are stunted? Mark Manary, a pediatrician at Washington University in St. Louis, has 2 answers: Young mothers and peanut butter. The founder of Project Peanut…

Despite the economic and lifesaving benefits of medical research, the US Congress has not made it a financial priority—a myopic mistake in the eyes of Claire Pomeroy, president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. On the HuffPost Blog, she highlights how Alfred Sommer…

Even though the global malaria mortality rate plummeted by 40% between 2000-2013, the battle is far from over, says WHO, marking World Malaria Day (April 25). The disease claimed nearly 600,000 lives in 2013, and children under 5 accounted for at least three-fourths of…

Yet another major study—this one involving 95,000 children and published in JAMA—finds no link between autism and the MMR vaccine. The latest US investigation, which focused on “high risk” children who had older siblings with autism, won’t surprise scientists. But it might…

E-cigarettes use has skyrocketed among US tweens and teens, while use of other tobacco products like hookahs also have increased, according to the CDC and FDA’s recent analysis of the 2011–2014 National Youth Tobacco Surveys. In 4 years, high school students puffing on e-…

Thanks to military involvement, the polio vaccination drive in Cameroon’s Far North Region has surpassed this year’s goals—despite of challenges posed by Boko Haram and the massive influx of refugees from Nigeria. The latest campaign, which took place March 27-29, reached…

A single gene in breast milk plays a role in creating the bacterial universe that lives in a baby’s gut. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, focused on the microbe Bifidobacterium that potentially benefits babies through its ability to prevent infections.

A chief of the Ker Kwaro Acholi cultural institution in Uganda pressed the government to release its findings on Nodding Syndrome, a mysterious and disabling condition that attacked hundreds of children in Northern Uganda. Calling the delay in releasing the findings…

Change is slowly coming to child labor practices in the $1.5 billion US tobacco harvest, IPS reports. 2 tobacco farmer associations and 2 Big Tobacco companies are prohibiting children under 18 from harvesting tobacco, but a proposed law along the same lines failed to pass…