The classic image of African agriculture is a farmer—usually a woman—turning the soil with a traditional hoe or pounding dried grain with a stick to release it from the stalk. I find myself grabbing my lower back just thinking about such painful work.
This year’s intense summer drought in Scandinavia -- the worst in almost 75 years -- was a striking backdrop for the annual World Water Week held August 26-31 in Stockholm, Sweden. The unusually dry conditions, in this otherwise water abundant region, helped to underscore the critical importance of global water issues and management policies. More than 3,600 experts, decision-makers, and practitioners met to exchange ideas and foster progress toward solving the world’s many water-related challenges.
An estimated 72,000 Americans died due to drug overdose in 2017, with opioids responsible for over two-thirds of those deaths. Although the opioid crisis is clearly a problem, what is less clear is how to best confront the crisis with interventions that target specific groups of people and are also evidence-based.
As Hurricane Florence, a major storm, takes aim at the Carolinas, residents are evacuating from coastal areas and bracing for days of high winds and heavy rain inland. When schools close across the region to prepare to shelter evacuees, child care providers will also close their doors, leaving some to wonder if they will be able to reopen after Hurricane Florence dissipates.
Alcohol addiction is a heterogeneous, chronic relapsing disease and remains a signiﬁcant public health concern, accounting for an estimated 3 to 8 percent of all global deaths. Medical treatments for alcoholism, however, are relatively unexplored. Currently only three medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat alcoholism. Unfortunately, these drugs are far from adequate; they are sometimes ineffective, and patients often have trouble complying with their treatments.
Science has come a long way in determining what the human body requires to be “healthy.” While there are diverse opinions on the specifics, health experts agree that good nutrition plays a significant role in our well-being. What exactly defines “good” nutrition is where we sometimes enter into heated, though well-intentioned, debate.