Eric Keosky-Smith

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Fizzy drinks can change your brain, warn scientists

Research on rats indicates that protein levels in the brain can be altered by consuming too many sugary soft drinks<p>Fans of fizzy pop have been urged to think before they drink after research suggested sugary beverages could “profoundly” change the brain.<p>Drinking a sweet drink over a long period can …

The world’s most dangerous country is up to 20 murders a day

A United Nations report (pdf) released on Nov. 12 highlights Latin America’s problem with violence. It was the only region where homicides overall increased between 2000 and 2010. But one country has it especially bad: Honduras.<p>The likes of Mexico and Brazil may be better known for their crime and …

Latin America

Speaking a second language delays dementias, even in the illiterate, study finds

There’s more evidence that speaking a second language can delay the onset of dementia later in life — this time in a population where even illiterate people reaped the benefits of being bilingual.<p>Conducted in Hyderabad, India, the largest study of its kind so far found that speaking two languages …

Dementia

8 Things Extraordinary People Give to Others

<i>There is no exercise better for your heart than<br>reaching down and lifting others up.</i><p>Today, as I was sitting on the edge of a cliff at a local park, …

10 Things Happy Couples Do Differently

<i>“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person.<br>And we are finally home.”<br>―Stephanie Perkins</i><p>All intimate relationships are built on a …

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International Development

Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index | Ranking governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition

Guatemala's campaign against child malnutrition shows hunger for change

With recognition from development experts and potential EU funding, Guatemala's zero-hunger strategy looks set to take root<p>It is a big day for the small picturesque village of Pamumus in the mountains outside of Guatemala City. The vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, is coming to visit.<p>Villagers from …

Belize Economy: Population, GDP, Inflation, Business, Trade, FDI, Corruption

Quick Facts<p>Population:<p>0.4 million<p>GDP (PPP):<p>$3.1 billion<br>• 1.5% growth<br>• 2.1% 5-year compound annual growth<br>• $8,220 per capita<p>Unemployment:<p>11.0%<p>Inflation …

Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

THE EVIDENCE GAP<p>Research has demonstrated that when women are economically empowered, entire communities benefit. Yet until now, there has been a …

Boosting Businesswomen in the Bottom Billion

More on:<p>Rule of Law<p>Development<p>Financial Markets<p>Inequality<p>Economics<p>Extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 per day, has declined …