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Kenyan group uses old ATMs to dispense free sanitary pads to students

A public-private partnership in Kenya provides female students with free sanitary napkins dispensed from converted ATMs at school. The goal is to provide pads to young women from poor families so they don’t miss school because they are menstruating. Victoria…

Despite war, surrogacy in Ukraine keeps flourishing

Before Russia’s invasion, Ukraine was an international surrogacy hub. Relatively low cost and a favorable legal framework led to thousands of babies born every year thanks to Ukrainian surrogate mothers, many of them for overseas parents. Despite the war and…

Australian-led study issues food security warning over plant breeding skills shortage

Sydney —  Australia’s national science agency warns a lack of scientists specialized in plant breeding could lead to ‘dire’ food security implications around the world. Researchers say plant breeding is a critical science that underpins the global production of food,…

Thousands of children in Gaza at risk of dying from lack of food, medical care

The United Nations children’s agency says the lives of thousands of children in southern Gaza are at risk because of the escalation of the Rafah offensive. “Horrific images continue to emerge from Gaza of children dying before their families’ eyes…

Australia locks down farms as avian influenza spreads

Sydney —  Bird flu continues to spread in the Australian state of Victoria, where more than 500,000 chickens have been euthanized. Strict quarantine zones restricting the movement of birds and equipment have also been put in place. Australian health authorities…

Alzheimer’s drug that slows disease gets backing from FDA advisers

WASHINGTON —  A closely watched Alzheimer’s drug from Eli Lilly won the backing of federal health advisers Monday, setting the stage for the treatment’s expected approval for people with mild dementia caused by the brain-robbing disease. Food and Drug Administration…

African elephants call each other unique names, new study shows

African elephants call each other and respond to unique names, a phenomenon that is rare among wild animals, new research shows. The names can be heard in low rumbles that carry long distances across the savanna. Scientists say that naming…

Service dogs help ease PTSD symptoms in US military veterans, researchers say

Specially trained service dogs helped ease PTSD symptoms in U.S. military veterans in a small study that the researchers hope will help expand options for service members. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides talk therapy and medications to veterans…

Growing community of breast milk donors in Uganda gives mothers hope

KAMPALA, Uganda —  Early last year, Caroline Ikendi was in distress after undergoing an emergency Caesarean section to remove one stillborn baby and save two others. Doctors said one of the preterm babies had a 2% chance of living. If…

UN: More aquatic animals farmed than fished in 2022

ROME —  The total global volume of fish, shrimp, clams and other aquatic animals that are harvested by farming has topped the amount fished in the wild from the world’s waters for the first time ever, the United Nations reported…