Health & Medicine

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Why some Kenyan villagers take AK-47s to fetch water

On the border with South Sudan, is a Turkana village called Loblono, in Northern Kenya. These Turkana people have survived for centuries in one of the harshest landscapes on earth, the dry-as-a-bone desert that also stretches across South Sudan and Somalia. They live a nomadic lifestyle based on herding cattle, chasing the rain and the grasslands that sprout from the desert when it’s wet. The Turkana have always been in conflict with neighboring tribes, like the Poquot and the Taposas. But, in recent years, dwindling water supplies have exacerbated the conflict on this smallest of scales.

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The fight is on over e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarette ads are on TV. New York City is restricting e-smoking in the same way as it restricts tobacco smoking. And government data indicates that 10 percent of high school students have tried e-cigs. Now, researchers are racing to figure out how they will impact public health.

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Mexico's lawmakers are trying to reduce the appetite for sugary, fizzy drinks with new law

If Mexican legislators get their way, it will soon cost a bit more to purchase junk food and soda. Several proposals to raise taxes on junk food and sugary drinks are moving forward as part of a bigger tax reform bill. The new taxes are seen as a way to address soaring obesity rates in Mexico and to raise much needed tax revenues.