Monthly Archives: October 2019

Can smaller plates help us to eat less?


Losing weight isn’t easy, no matter what a quick Google search might make you believe. While many common weight loss tips are not backed up by research, using smaller plates had once seemed to be a strategy supported by real science. However, a recent study suggests that the effect of plate size on food consumption might be much smaller than previously thought or may not even exist at all.


China contributes to the global elimination of neglected tropical diseases

Chinese countryside, rural view

October 1st, 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In an article recently published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty, the authors review the great progress achieved in the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in China during the past 70 years. In this Q&A interview, the first author Dr. Men-Bao Qian from the National institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention summarized the progress and potential future targets.


Keeping the momentum on state-of-the-art civil registration and vital statistics systems

Photo – Scaling up investmt plan

National civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems provide necessary population data to monitor national and sub-national development programs as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. A new supplement on CRVS systems in low- and middle-income countries published in Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition presents best practices and recommendations on how to improve CRVS systems globally. Here, the lead organizer of the supplement from the World Bank Group, Samuel Mills, shares an overview of this new research project.


Suicide prevention is a social justice issue

Group of workers holding hands in celebration.

As part of Springer Nature’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are endeavoring to help raise awareness of SDG 3.4.2 – reduce suicide mortality rate. In this blog, Stephen Platt highlights that the socioeconomically disadvantaged are often at greatest risk, and argues that suicide prevention must be treated as a social justice issue. Plus, check out more content we recently made available in support of World Suicide Prevention Day.