Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, Fall

Analyzing Economic Reform Policies in Africa
More than a decade of economic reform has brought little improvement to the lives of Africa's poor. Economists in the Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program are attempting to find out why. Structural adjustment is a common phrase among economists...
An International Perspective on American Health Care
Every year, health care executives from around the world come to Cornell for a weeklong conference. And every year, they return home amazed that the world's wealthiest nation still has not been able to ensure basic health care for all its citizens. ...
Baby Boomers to Inherit Record Amount
The "baby boom" generation stands to inherit the biggest bounty ever--more than $10 trillion--an average of $90,000 each (in 1989 dollars), according to a new study that updates a study two years ago with current figures. "These inheritances will have...
Child Care in a Changing World
Modernization has changed the structure of households, the role of women, and the way people care for children. International researchers are attempting to determine how specific care arrangements affect the social and cognitive development of children...
China Study Shows Diet-Disease Connection
T. Colin Campbell, Chen Junshi, and their colleagues gathered information on the nutritional, metabolic, hormonal, environmental, reproductive, demographic, and socioeconomic characteristics of 6,500 individuals living in counties in rural and suburban...
Endowments for Faculty Support, Program Support, and Student Aid Are Priority Needs
From the very early years of the college, concerned alumni and friends have provided for the college's future by endowing scholarships and funds. In 1923 the New York State Federation of Home Bureaus established a scholarship award in honor of Carrie...
Infant Growth Charts Need Revision
Infants whose growth falls below WHO reference charts may be unnecessarily put at risk by efforts to boost weight gain. The current World Health Organization (WHO) references on normal growth for infants are faulty, causing undue alarm among health...
Look to the World to Care for a Child
The United States can learn from the child care policies and programs of other countries. But our focus should be more on African and Latin American countries and less on Europe. Child rearing can't reasonably be done in isolation but only as part of...
Rural Development in Africa: In for the Long Haul
Improving the quality of life in rural Ghana can be as easy as digging a well. Easy? That's only the beginning. For international aid projects to be successful, they must engage the input and commitment of the entire community. The African nation of...
Study Looks at Three Types of U.S. Child Care
A team of international researchers is attempting to arrive at how child care options are affecting the development of children. As a model for their project, the researchers are using a U.S. day care study carried out by Marion Potts. Conducted in Broome...
The Cruel Weapon - Food
Using food as a weapon for political purposes has devastating consequences for innocent people and isn't even effective as a strategy, says Michael C. Latham, professor of nutritional sciences and director of the Program in International Nutrition. ...
To Your Health: A Plant-Based Diet
College researchers have been conducting in China the most comprehensive diet-disease study ever undertaken. The findings suggest that a radical rethinking of diet may be key to disease prevention. In every industrialized country, affluence is associated...
Vitamin A for Moms Helps Nursing Infants
Providing vitamin A supplements to lactating mothers in developing countries significantly improves the vitamin A status of their nursing infants, potentially reducing the otherwise high risk of blindness and even death, according to a Cornell study....

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