Obesity rates soar in developing countries

Fat consumption remains a concern among developing countries.

The extent of the obesity epidemic worldwide has been thrown into stark reality as a report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) puts the number of overweight and obese adults in developing countries at more than 900 million.

 

 

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Why does chemotherapy cost $70k in the U.S., but only costs $2.5k in India?

By rejecting patent applications, developing countries have kept down the costs of much-needed medications.

Gleevec, a leukemia drug, costs $70,000 per year in the United States, but only costs $2,500 in India. Why does that drug cost so much more in the U.S.?

 

 

 

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Global population to hit 7 billion in 2011

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“7 billion and counting”

The global population is expected to surpass 7 billion later this year, up from 6 billion in 1999. An estimated 2.3 billion more people will be added—nearly as many as inhabited the planet as recently as 1950 between now and 2050. The population will reach 10.1 billion in 2100 according to new estimates from the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.

 

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First Practical Artificial Leaf Developed

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The first practical artificial leaf shows promise as an inexpensive source of electricity for homes in developing countries.

Scientists debut development of the first practical artificial leaf, one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy.  The scientists described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The solar cell mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

 

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Internet Shopping Via Text Message

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This Android phone app helps store owners in Colombia track their stock and accounts.

E-commerce startups are targeting emerging economies where cell phones, not browsers, rule.

 In much of the world, shopping online involves browsing e-commerce sites or typing what you want to buy into a search engine. In countries where Internet-connected computers are a rarity, a Seattle-based startup called Slimtrader hopes to offer Internet shopping via text message instead.

 

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The Girl Effect – Creating A Better Future For Girls In Poverty

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600 million adolescent girls living in poverty in the developing world are the most likely agents of change

The treatment of girls in developing countries is a huge, and perhaps the biggest, problem in development.

In the remote communities in Kenya the plight of girls is so moving.  A 13-year-old girl with a baby on her back, who is helping her 60-year-old husband tend goats. Female circumcision (mutilation of girls) is common practice and a standard procedure during puberty. Girls are married right after puberty often to much older men. Girls are less likely to be educated and trafficking in women is rampant. 

 

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Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries

Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries 

The heat source is a pair of headlights. A car door alarm signals emergencies. An auto air filter and fan provide climate control. But this contraption has nothing to do with transportation. It is a sturdy, low-cost incubator, designed to keep vulnerable newborns warm during the first fragile days of life.

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