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Scientists Create New Index To Track Connection Between Worms, Human Development Indicators

New York Times: Tracking Worms Troubles to Monitor a Country’s Health
“To draw attention to the connection between worms and prosperity, scientists recently created a ‘worm index.’ The index ranks the world’s 25 most populous countries by how big a problem they have with three types of worms … [and] then compares those countries by their rankings in the United Nations human development index, which includes not just income, but years of schooling and years lived in good health. The comparison was published last week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases…” (McNeil, 5/4).

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