Two new studies examine causes, treatment of severe malnutrition

Published on February 2, 2013 at 6:53 AM · No Comments

"Two studies of malnourished children offer the first major new scientific findings in a decade about the causes and treatment of severe malnutrition, which affects more than 20 million children around the world and contributes to the deaths of more than a million a year," the New York Times reports. "Merely giving children a cheap antibiotic along with the usual nutritional treatment could save tens of thousands of lives a year, researchers found," the newspaper notes, adding, "The studies, [conducted] in Malawi [and] led by scientists from Washington University in St. Louis, reveal that severe malnutrition often involves more than a lack of food, and that feeding alone may not cure it" (Grady, 1/30).

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