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Scientists Fight Disease With Sweet Potatoes

Researchers have helped reduce a major health problem with a simple sweet potato. A program that helped small-scale farmers in Mozambique grow vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweet potatoes cut rates of children’s diarrhea by 40 to 50 percent, according to a new study. The authors say it is the first time a development program aimed at agricultural production has been shown to improve health as well. Diarrheal diseases are the second most common cause of death for children under 5,...

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