Most of the tiny patients confined to the children's ward at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, are weak, malnourished and dehydrated. They've suffered attack after attack of diarrhea and, in some cases, are clinging to life. Five-month-old Sohag, who is lying on green plastic sheeting in a bed four times her size, had suffered
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diarrhea for seven days before she was admitted. Her weight had dropped to 2.75 kg, just over one-third of that expected for her age, and she now seems to be little more than a distended stomach,...