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Time to identify women exposed to intimate partner violence in antenatal settings

By Dr Rishi Caleyachetty Up till now, research on the health impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) has primarily focused on gynaecological and sexual health outcomes (e.g., unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection), psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety) (1) and substance...

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Call to action: Conflict of interest and the infant formula industry

This blog was originally published by the BMJ here. By Tanya Doherty, Lori Lake, Max Kroon, Chantell Witten, Natasha Rhoda, David Sanders Breastfeeding is one of the most cost-effective interventions for improving the health and survival of children, with important short and long-term benefits to families and society. [1] However,...

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Ebola virus disease and breastfeeding: time for attention

This blog was originally published in The Lancet as a commentary here. By Mija Ververs & Akanksha Arya This year’s Global Nutrition Cluster meeting in July, 2019, offered a platform on which to discuss all nutrition-related humanitarian emergencies. Ebola virus disease (EVD) and breastfeeding in DR Congo was an obvious...

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Breastfeeding: Investing is vital to improving human capital

This blog was originally published by Nutrition International here, and is cross-posted with permission from Nutrition International and the author. I recently published a study on the “Cost of Not Breastfeeding: Global results and a new tool” in collaboration with Alive & Thrive. This study estimated the health, human capital...

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Low birth weight: will the new estimates accelerate progress?

Blog adapted from a comment in The Lancet Global Health here Birth weight is an important gauge of maternal and fetal health as well as an important determinant of perinatal, neonatal and postneonatal outcomes. Approximately 80% of newborns who die every year are low birth weight (LBW), under 2500 g,...

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