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August 31, 2015

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August 31, 2015

Regulatory, Certification Systems Creating Paralysis in Use of Genetically Altered Trees

Aug. 20, 2015 — Myriad regulations and certification requirements around the world are making it virtually impossible to use genetically engineered trees to combat catastrophic forest threats, according to a new ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — A multifaceted farming intervention can reduce food insecurity while improving HIV outcomes in patients in Kenya, according to a randomized, controlled ... read more

Foresight Food Security: From Hunger, Poverty to Food System Approach

Aug. 18, 2015 — Long considered in relation to malnutrition and humanitarian aid, food security policy should be moving towards a much broader landscape and focusing on regular access to food for a population ... read more

Invest ~3.5 Percent GDP in Science, Technology, Innovation for Sustainable Development, Experts Say

July 9, 2015 — Investing up to 3.5 percent of a nation's GDP in science, technology and innovation -- including basic science and education -- is a key benchmark for advancing sustainable development ... read more

IT-Based Concepts for Effective Coordination of Public Authorities, General Population

July 8, 2015 — To get a handle on crisis situations you need volunteers from the general population. A new project investigates how volunteers’ help can be incorporated into the crisis management efforts of ... read more

'Beyond Aid' in Health Care: Is It Time for Scrutiny?

July 7, 2015 — The UK government's investments in private hospital chains in developing countries, in the form of 'beyond aid' approaches, could actually be hindering inclusive development and need ... read more

Should Drinking Water Be Centralized or Decentralized?

June 30, 2015 — A Canadian civil engineering graduate evaluates claims that more centralized US-style regulation of drinking water would improve outcomes for Canadians. The paper finds limited support for these ... read more

Interest in Child-Specific Nurse Practitioner Programs Dwindling Despite Strong Job Market for Graduates

June 29, 2015 — While the number of graduates from family or adult nurse practitioner programs continues to rise, student applications to pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner programs are falling, a new study ... read more

Most of America's Poor Have Jobs, Study Finds

June 25, 2015 — Sociologists evaluated 129 existing methods for defining the 'working poor' and propose one method as a unified definition. Their estimate is that 10 percent of all working households are ... read more

Linking Climate Change to Natural Disasters Influences Charitable Aid

June 16, 2015 — When natural disasters strike, the media, charities, and science organizations appeal to the public for aid to the victims and to communicate the causes of these events. Increasingly, as scientists ... read more

World Spends More Than $200 Billion to Make Countries Healthier

June 16, 2015 — The world invested more than $200 billion to improve health in lower-income countries over the past 15 years, a study concludes. Global health financing increased significantly after 2000, when the ... read more

Development Assistance for Health Has Increased Since 1990 for Low-Income Countries

June 16, 2015 — Funding for health in developing countries has increased substantially since 1990, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, maternal health, and newborn and child health, and limited funding for noncommunicable ... read more

Asian Economic Integration Means Huge Challenges for Trees, Farmers and Food Supply

June 8, 2015 — Ten Southeast Asian nations will form a single economic bloc at the end of 2015. Agroforestry, forestry and agricultural policies, implementation and law enforcement are lagging behind. The gap ... read more

Study Connects Credit Default Swaps to Mortgage Delinquencies

May 26, 2015 — The first empirical investigation has been released by investigators connecting credit default swaps to mortgage defaults that helped lead to the 2007-2008 financial ... read more

Study Identifies Barriers to Intimate Partner Violence Services

May 19, 2015 — Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence, and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis ... read more

May 14, 2015 — An anti-poverty program tested extensively on three continents has produced sustained gains in individuals' income, wealth, and well-being, according to a study. The program provides very poor ... read more

World Population-Food Supply Balance Is Becoming Increasingly Unstable

May 11, 2015 — Globalization of trade is creating instability in the food distribution system, according to results from an environmental scientist's study. The study assesses the food supply available to more ... read more

How to Build a New Global Health Framework

May 7, 2015 — Can a true, robust global health framework be created to help prevent tragedies like Ebola while at the same time allow countries to meet everyday health needs? Global health and law experts say it ... read more

Can the Ebola Outbreak Rejuvenate Global Health Security?

May 7, 2015 — The west African Ebola epidemic has rekindled interest in global health security, but it has also highlighted a troubling lack of political commitment to public health, and it is far from clear ... read more

Worm Index Closely Associated With a Nation's Human Development Index

Apr. 30, 2015 — With the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2000 coming to an end in 2015, and the new Sustainable Development Goals now in the works to establish a set of targets for ... read more

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