Vitamin makes A list
On average, death rates worldwide in children under 5 have dropped by about two per cent a year from 1990 to 2010, and some of the steepest drops have been in the poorest regions. Vaccines, AIDS medicines, vitamin A supplements, better treatment of diarrhea and pneumonia, insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria, and more education for women are among the factors cited.
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A new survey by Food Minds found that 86 per cent of respondents support the overhaul of food and front-of-label packaging that calls out calories and beneficial nutrients; 74 percent favor nutrition education to help identify "good" vs "bad" foods; and 58 per cent support banning advertising of "unhealthy" foods to children.
At 50, we do not expect to act or feel as we did at 20 — nor at 80 as we did at 50. The same is true of societies. What will it be like to live in societies that are much older than any we have known? We are going to find out because the ageing of the human race is one of the surest predictions of this century.