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THE GATES FOUNDATION INVESTS IN THE FUTURE HEALTH OF CHILDREN
In late June the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $436 million in funding for global health (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/GlobalHealth/Announcements/Announce-050627.htm). Among the 43 projects, a number involve vaccines, including novel delivery systems (heat stable vaccines and delivery via the oral or nasal mucosa), single versus multiple dose vaccines, neonatal vaccination, and new immunisations. Other projects include the development of crops, such as bananas, cassava, and rice, which would be enriched in vitamins A and E, zinc, and iron, and developing new ways of preventing insects from transmitting diseases, such as malaria. I have been amazed at the world dominance of Word and Microsoft, particularly as a former fan of WordPerfect. That said, every time I buy a computer at work, I feel like I have invested just a tiny bit in the future health of children.
FAILURE TO THRIVE
Failure to thrive (FTT) is a perplexing disorder. The diagnosis is often in the eye of the beholder, laboratory …
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