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,…

With at least 17% of girls marrying before the legal age of 18, Georgia has one of the highest child-marriage rates in Europe, according to the United Nations Population Fund. Often off-the-record, with parents refraining from registering them for several years, child…

Over a 7-year period, Peru managed to reduce the rate of children with stunted mental and physical development by tackling chronic malnourishment.   The country uses a cash incentive program for households in poverty. To receive a $30-per-month stipend, parents must obtain…

Nearly 1/3 of the world’s newborn deaths occur in India where 58,000 babies die annually from superbugs. With that number bound to increase, "India is absolutely in the frontline for the problem of antibiotic resistance globally," says Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the…

The rate of newborns in the US suffering from a syndrome linked to opioid exposure in the womb shot up almost 300% from 1999 to 2013, according to the CDC. Examining available hospital data from 28 states during those years, the researchers found that incidence of Neonatal…