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The Zika Virus And Politicized Science

Peter Schwartz | Posted 08.22.2016 | Science
Peter Schwartz

The Zika threat is causing great concern at the Rio Olympics, with some athletes having chosen to avoid the Games altogether rather than risk infection. But among the measures being taken around the world to combat this danger, one is notably absent: the use of DDT.

5 ways to avoid mosquito bites this summer

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living

Mosquito season varies, depending on where you live. But the summer months ― July and August, especially ― include a higher chance of getting dott...

The Olympics Isn't The Zika Virus Nightmare Experts Thought It Would Be

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.15.2016 | Healthy Living

By Paulo PradaRIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - So far, at the Olympics many feared would be the Zika Games, so good. With as many as one million people expe...

Zika, Zika, Zika: Some Simple Tidbits And Tips

Adam Friedman, MD FAAD | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Adam Friedman, MD FAAD

With summer in full swing, increasing concerns about the spread of the Zika virus in the United States are raining on our long-awaited parade. The Zi...

Lawmakers Enjoy Vacation While Zika Spreads To U.S.

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Democrats in Congress called on leaders Friday to interrupt a seven-week vacation and return to Capitol Hill after the first local outb...

Congress Will Go The Rest Of The Summer Without Passing Anything On Zika

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The political conventions, followed by a long summer break, proved a higher priority for Congress on Thursday than funding the nation...

This Charity Is Handing Out Zika Prevention Kits To Homeless

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact

One nonprofit is making sure some of the most vulnerable members of the community are protected from the Zika virus. On Monday, Metropolitan Ministrie...

The Price of Congressional Inaction on Local Response to Zika

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Leana Wen, M.D.

Congress is finally answering the call to address the alarming infectious disease threat of the Zika Virus. However, the level of funding included in their recent votes is not close to enough. The effect will be particularly disastrous for local governments across the country.

Ebola, Zika and the Weakness of the Global Health Regime

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

When it first began at the end of December 2013 in a rural village in Guinea, the Ebola virus had been restricted to a few neighboring villages. By Ma...

Congress Is Using Zika To Show How Terrible Congress Is

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress managed to beat the Memorial Day vacation traffic by fleeing town on Thursday. But what it failed to do before taking 10 days o...

Camping: Not For Sissies

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 04.29.2016 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

A friend in California wrote to me extolling the delights of camping. She went on to proudly describe her ingenuity in preparing a dozen ice cream fil...

Why Mosquitoes Are So Obsessed with Humans -- and Why It Matters

Ashley Vaughan | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science
Ashley Vaughan

All of us encounter a pesky mosquito from time to time. For most people, it's little more than a momentary nuisance. A nip, a few days of itching, and we move on with our lives. Many people don't get by so easily, unfortunately.

The Time Is NOW for Some Mosquitoes to Go

Paul Herscu ND, MPH | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul Herscu ND, MPH

This article deals with only one aspect of prevention of Zika virus caused disease, and is the fourth of a series. For previous writings on the subjec...

How the Private Sector Can Help End Malaria For Good

Deena L. Buford, MD, MPH | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Deena L. Buford, MD, MPH

We are at a point in time, on this World Malaria Day, when it's no longer just hypothetical to think that malaria can be eradicated

Ending Malaria For Good

Dr. Tedros Adhanom | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Dr. Tedros Adhanom

Early in my career, I was galvanized by a disease that ravaged my country and many others around the world: malaria. My personal experiences with malaria in the field as a young public health officer twenty-seven years ago had a profound effect on my trajectory.

The Mosquito and Malaria: Small Insect, Big Bite

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

A future without malaria belongs to those who can dream about it, but more important, to those who create the future they want to see.

Climate Change This Week: Avoiding the Heat, All Weather Solar Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. A Prickly Situation - this cartoonish katydid is found in Yasuni National Park, E...

Ever Overpopulating

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Reese Schonfeld

The ending or decline of malaria is a major cause of the rising population throughout the African continent.

U.S. Officials Warn Zika 'Scarier' Than Initially Thought

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living

By Timothy Gardner and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top health officials expressed heightened concern on Monday about the threat posed to the Uni...

The Rise of Zika

Medical Discovery News | Posted 04.06.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

Have you noticed in the past few years, we seem to be continuously assaulted by microbial menaces? The latest is one that we are beginning to know well is Zika.

Mosquito-Borne Viruses, Zika and Pregnancy

Berkeley Wellness | Posted 04.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Berkeley Wellness

Recently, I got a call from a young woman who is planning her wedding. She and her fiancée have booked a honeymoon in South America, but with outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, she's rethinking her plans.

7 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

Keith King | Posted 03.21.2016 | Travel
Keith King

The biggest thing you want to do is minimize your chances. Because as we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take that'll help.

Deforestation, Disease and Biodiversity in Cameroon

Ravinder Sehgal | Posted 03.01.2016 | Green
Ravinder Sehgal

Every evening at dusk, the fireflies come out and display their green flashing light show. At night the turacos and occasional tree hyrax call with th...

The U.S. Investigates More Cases Of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.23.2016 | Healthy Living

The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babie...

Malaria War: Let's Not Turn the Biggest Success into a Devastating Failure

Mikkel Vestergaard | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Mikkel Vestergaard

At the end of December, with the wrap-up of the UN Millennium Development Goals, the global health community collectively patted ourselves on the back for reducing malaria-related deaths by 60 percent, saving 6.2 million lives and reducing new cases by 37 percent since 2000.