Eyeglasses Are Boosting Test Scores in Baltimore

The gap in reading proficiency between poor and wealthy students might have an easier fix than we thought. Researchers at John Hopkins University knew poorer children were less likely to have access to eyeglasses than wealthier children, so they screened several hundred second and third graders and gave eyeglasses to students who needed them. The results? Reading proficiency notably improved over the course of a year compared to the students who didn’t need eyeglasses.

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Branden Harvey
We Could See Tuberculosis End In Our Lifetime

Since the year 2000, global efforts to fight tuberculosis have reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 percent, saving about 53 million lives — that’s a little more than the populations of California and Pennsylvania combined. In many parts of the world, however, progress has stalled, and many gaps remain in TB prevention and care. As a result, tuberculosis kills more people than any other infectious disease. It’s even the leading killer for people with HIV. But there are people doing good work to end TB for good: Ministers from 75 countries met in November and committed to ramping up on actions to end the disease by 2030. The group has promised to increase multisectoral action, track progress, and build accountability. With this collective effort, tuberculosis could be out the door in our lifetime.

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Branden Harvey