High-salt diet linked to 1.6 million heart deaths

"Salty diet ’causes 1.6 million deaths worldwide each year’," reports The Daily Telegraph. It goes on to quote a researcher saying this is "nearly 1 in 10 of all deaths from cardiovascular causes worldwide". This scary-sounding headline has a grain of truth in it, but the science it’s based on doesn’t prove that salt is […]

First estimates of newborns needing treatment for bacterial infection show 7 million cases

Seven million babies in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America in 2012 required treatment for bacterial infections including sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia, according to research. Although the authors highlight the lack of data available for the study, they note that their estimate of 680,000 neonatal deaths associated with these infections is consistent with other […]