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More than 303,500 women – 99 percent of them in developing countries – died during childbirth in 2015, according to the World Health Organization. In addition, some 2.7 million babies died in their first month, mainly from complications during pregnancy or childbirth.

Maternal-Infant Mortality

“……Hemorrhages, high blood pressure and infections accounted for three-fourths of maternal deaths.….”

Pediatric considerations in radiological emergencies: new recommendations


The reports, Pediatric Considerations Before, During, and After Radiological/Nuclear Emergencies, are available at and

and will be published in the December issue of Pediatrics.

10 brilliant technological innovations to save moms and babies

For many mothers and babies around the world, the first 48 hours after birth are the most dangerous of their lives. For eight years, Saving Lives at Birth—spearheaded by USAID—has challenged problem solvers worldwide to create innovative solutions to make birth safer and save lives.

December 12, 2012: The sixth anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School (28 people dead and 2 injured). :  Timeline

Scorn for Humanity: Adam Lanza kept a spreadsheet of 400 mass murderers, detailing their massacres and the weapons they used

Daily Mail

  • Lanza murdered 20 children, six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary on 12/14/2012 
  • His list had 17 categories, including number of victims and what happened to killer 
  • It went all the way back to 1786 and ended with Derrick Bird’s 2010 massacre 

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting


Hydoxyurea proves safe for African children with sickle-cell anemia


“…..About 300,000 babies are born with the disease each year; about 75 percent of them are in Africa, and about 1 percent in the United States……Hydroxyurea has been used for decades in the United States and Europe. But some early animal studies made researchers fear it would make African children more susceptible to local infections, particularly malaria.
The new study followed 600 children in Angola, Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo who were given the drug for more than two years.
As with children in wealthy countries, taking the drug daily also made it far less likely they would die or need a blood transfusion because of their sickle-cell disease. They were about half as likely to suffer bouts of severe pain, and somewhat less likely to get other infections.
In an unexpected twist, investigators discovered that the children were about half as likely to get malaria while using hydroxyurea as they had been before the trial started. The reasons are not known……”

12/1/1958: A fire at Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago kills 90 students and 3 nuns.




Yemen: No food, no money, but lots of child brides


“…..beggars congregate outside supermarkets filled with goods; markets are filled with produce in towns where the hungry eat boiled leaves; and restaurants selling rich food are a few hundred yards from hunger wards filled with desperation, pain and death...…”


“…..In the midst of this national catastrophe, desperate families are increasingly turning to child marriage: Today, more than two thirds of girls are married off before the age of 18, compared to 50 percent before the crisis began.

Parents marry off their daughters to be relieved of the cost of their care, or because they believe a husband’s family can offer better protection. Families also sell their daughters for dowry payments to cope with conflict-related hardship. Child brides are especially common in parts of Yemen that host large numbers of displaced people…..”

From August 2014 through October 2018, CDC has received information on a total of 404 confirmed cases of AFM across the US; most of the cases have occurred in children.


Confirmed AFM cases reported to CDC: Aug-14 = 21, Sep-14 = 51, Oct-14 = 24, Nov-14 = 15, Dec-14 = 9, Jan-15 = 2, Feb-15 = 2, Mar-15 = 1, Apr-15 = 0, May-15 = 1, Jun-15 = 0, Jul-15 = 2, Aug-15 = 3, Sep-15 = 1, Oct-15 = 4, Nov-15 = 2, Dec-15 = 4, Jan-16 = 1, Feb-16 = 0, Mar-16 = 6, Apr-16 = 1, May-16 = 6, Jun-16 = 9, Jul-16 = 12, Aug-16 = 30, Sep-16 = 44, Oct-16 = 27, Nov-16 = 9, Dec-16 = 4, Jan-17 = 1, Feb-17 = 5, Mar-17 = 5, Apr-17 =3, May-17 =2, Jun-17 = 3, Jul-17 = 2, Aug-17 = 1, Sep-17 = 4, Oct-17 = 0, Nov-17 = 2, Dec-17 = 4, Jan-18 = 0, Feb-18 = 4, Mar-18 = 0, Apr-18 = 2, May-18 = 2, Jun-18 = 7, Jul-18 =6, Aug-18 = 18, Sep-18 = 23

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