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The End of Illness

After seeing David Agus on the Daily Show, and receiving The End of Illness as a birthday gift from some work colleagues (thanks guys!), I was looking forward to some new insights from this book.  I wish I could say that it lived up to its promises (and my expectations): Can we live robustly until …

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The Girl Effect

When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. (United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population 1990) Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher levels of schooling among mothers. …

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The Girl Effect

As a follow-up to Mountains Beyond Mountains, I’ve just started reading Nicholas Kristof’s and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky, a book whose main premise is that the education and empowerment of girls and women is the key to combating poverty and extremism.  And the introduction chapter is simply named: The Girl Effect. Adolescent girls are …

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