The BRICS countries ― Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa ― are a group of emerging economies distinguished by their growing influence in regional and global affairs.

 Last century, the invention of the outhouse helped to eliminate hookworm and other parasites in the United States. Now new research shows that the lowly latrine could be a powerful tool in controlling these diseases, which remain widespread among the world's poorest people.

Gift giving can become tiresome. There is the shopping, and the wondering if your online shipment will arrive in time, or worse, actually going to a mall. There is the wrapping, but remember, not before you fly. Then, of course, there is the deflated feeling that it really doesn’t matter.

Merck Serono plans to double its donation from 25 million tablets to 50 million tablets and will continue a commitment to donations indefinitely, until schistosomiasis has been eliminated in Africa.

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