About 90% of child laborers and residents living near tanneries in Bangladesh will die before age 50, according to a new WHO report. Toxic chemicals used to process leather have permeated the air, streets and rivers, and employers do not provide protective equipment.  

2 new WHO reports outline the dire effects of the environment on children under 5. 1.7 million children died before their fifth birthday due to preventable exposure to air pollution, contaminated water, unsafe sanitary practices and second-hand smoke.   The pair of reports…

People have wondered for decades what was causing thousands of children in rural areas of northern Uganda and South Sudan to suffer from nodding syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Scientists now believe it is caused by the body’s immune response to the same parasitic worm…

US teens who use electronic vapor products may also engage in the sorts of high risk behaviors long associated with adolescent cigarette smoking, according to a study released this month in the journal Pediatrics.  

Business students competing in this year’s Kellogg Biotech and Healthcare Competition at Northwestern University had an imaginary budget of $10 million and a not-so-simple challenge: figure out how to convince Nigerian health workers and new parents to apply a potentially…

About 10 in 100,000 babies worldwide are born with herpes, according to the first-ever estimate of the global burden of neonatal herpes infection.   An international team of researchers used prevalence and incidence data among 15- to 49-year-old women and 2010-2015 birth…

A new report reveals that 2/3 of kids ages 2-19 are drinking nearly 7 times the amount of sugary drinks recommended by pediatricians: One 8-ounce drink a day vs the recommended one per week.  

Former President George H.W. Bush’s hospitalization put pneumonia in the news this week. However the kind of care he’s receiving isn’t an option for the many children suffering from pneumonia in impoverished countries, argues Kate O’Brien, executive director of…

Child mortality is falling, but progress has been uneven globally, according to a new study in The Lancet detailing the latest data.The Numbers: In 2015, among the 5.9 million under-5 deaths, ~2.7 million occur in the first 28 days of life 

Ending child labor and slavery by a 2025 deadline is possible—provided governments, NGOs and companies act promptly and collaboratively, argues economist and UN advisor Jeffery Sachs.   There are 168 million child laborers and about 5.5 million enslaved children globally,…