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Health & Medicine

A 'tsunami of disease' slams Brazil's health system

The triple-whammy of mosquito-borne illnesses — the Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya — has pushed Brazil’s universal healthcare system beyond its already stretched capacity at a time when there is little money to shore it up. In the state of Pernambuco, the scope of the epidemics is stunning: Reported mosquito-borne illnesses rose from 20,000 in 2014 to 150,000 in 2015.

Science, Tech & Environment

Bilingual babies practice lip-reading long before monolingual counterparts

You’re in a crowded restaurant. You can’t make out what your companion is saying. So your eyes start to drift to your dining companions' lips, to make out what they're saying over the din. That’s because when speech is hard to hear, lip-reading provides extra clues for comprehension. It turns out we all learn this skill as infants. And bilingual infants do it the more than others.