The term Chips Funga is taking Kenya by storm. It's the name for the popular French fries that club-goers might eat after a night out on the town. But it's also become a slang term for when a man meets a women and takes her home for a one-night stand. There's a related term for when the shoe is on the other foot, too.
China's diet is evolving as the country becomes more economically powerful, and that's suddenly put the country's food safety system under a great deal of strain. Thousands have been sickened, and the Chinese people want answers and, more importantly, solutions.
China's efforts to grow its economy and its manufacturing base are meeting resistance as the country's middle class burgeons. In Ningbo, a plan to build a petrochemical plant was beaten back by protesters in the street who say these plants are affecting their health.
In Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in many places in Africa, hospital patients don't get to leave until they pay their bill. And every day they stay, the bill gets higher. They're prisoners of their medical debt.
For kids in Kenya looking to get a cheap high, glue is the way to go. The dealers aren't necessarily drug kingpins. More often than not, they're mothers, selling glue as a means to put food on the table for and clothes on the back of their own children.
Intestinal parasites are a major problem for India's school children. They make them lethargic, they contribute to missing classes and generally lower their quality of life. Now, a new initiative is seeking to deworm students around the world, to improve their economic and educational prospects.
South Korea has some of the highest suicide rates in the country — and yet people still won't talk about how to get help. But the Seoul government is trying to combat the problem, by changing the atmosphere and environment on one bridge that has proven to be a regular spot of suicide attempts.
Farmers in Sri Lanka are dying. Not because the work is hard, though it is. And not because the cities are pulling people in, with promises of an easier standard of living, though they are. No, farmers in Sri Lanka are dying from Chronic Kidney Disease, and while scientists have linked the explosion in cases to use of agricultural chemicals, but so far nothing is being done.
A German doctor filed a criminal complaint against a Jewish mohel for performing ritual circumcisions in that country — a practice one court found to be illegal. Meanwhile, in the United States Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised its position and recommended circumcision as a beneficial practice for infant boys.
The University of Haifa professes to have the world's only program for training hospital clowns. Its director says keeping kids happy while in the hospital is an integral piece of their recovery. And who could do a better job at that than silly, red-nosed clowns?