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Almost Half Of Deaths In Kids Under 5 Occur In 5 Countries

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Two-thirds of cases due to infectious diseases, researchers report

TUESDAY, May 11 (HealthDay News) -- Infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and blood poisoning account for more than two-thirds of the 8.8 million annual deaths in kids under 5 years of age worldwide, a new report shows. Other leading causes of death for children include birth complications, lack of oxygen during birth and congenital defects. The authors of the report found that infectious diseases caused 5.97 million deaths among kids under age 5 in 2008. ... Read more about Almost Half Of Deaths In Kids Under 5 Occur In 5 Countries

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Wars Less Deadly Than They Used To Be

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* Mortality rates decline even in wartime, report says * 5.4 million Congo death rate figure "far too high" By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - Wars are less deadly than they once were and national mortality rates have continued to decline even during conflicts due to smaller scale fighting and better healthcare, a report said on Wednesday. ... Read more about Wars Less Deadly Than They Used To Be

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UN Chief: Hunger Kills 17,000 Kids Daily

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Rome, Italy (CNN) -- Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every five seconds -- even though the planet has more than enough food for all. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out this sobering statistic as he kicked off a three-day summit on world food security Monday in Rome. "Today, more than 1 billion people are hungry," he told the assembled leaders. Six million children die of hunger every year -- 17,000 every day, he said. ... Read more about UN Chief: Hunger Kills 17,000 Kids Daily

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