In a matter of weeks, I'll be stepping away from nearly eight years of working to promote global health. I hardly knew how absorbed I'd get in this ...
While channel surfing between cable news programs or perusing news articles on the internet, you are likely to come across stories about the latest pu...
My Top three ways to save your pets and save the world. At my clinic I see a different person nearly every 20 minutes. I am often impressed by my cli...
There's a pretty high likelihood that, at some point in their lives, my daughters will be sexually active. When that day comes, I couldn't live with myself if I had done anything to increase the risk that they'll die from it. That may not be the way some parents think of their actions, but that is the reality.
When it comes to preventive care, how does your state measure up? Today the United Health Foundation released a report that compares all 50 states based on access to health care, immunizations, and chronic disease prevention.
Today I was humbled and honored to be among global vaccine experts and officials from all 26 African "meningitis belt" countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate one of Africa's biggest public health achievements -- the introduction of a vaccine, MenAfriVac.
At month's end, African health and finance ministers will meet in Ethiopia for the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Alongside technical experts and policymakers, their focus will be expanding access to vaccines, knowing 1 in 5 African children still don't receive all necessary immunizations.
Vaccines are among the most effective and inexpensive ways to fight infectious diseases and help people stay healthy. While there are a few people in affluent societies and troubled corners of the world who distrust vaccines, the history cannot be more clear: vaccines work.
The effectiveness of vaccines in a population operates just like donning sunglasses in New York. A certain percentage of the population must be wearing them for celebrities to be safe from their adoring fans. In the same way, a certain percentage of the population must be vaccinated for us to be safe from adoring germs.
I hope that as we enter the age of Zika, we can learn from our experience with rubella, that although the development of a vaccine to prevent the tragedy of CZS will prove life-saving, it's almost inevitable that eventually, someone somewhere will blame this miraculous substance for causing one or another of the world's ills.
As the world scrambles to speed up the development of a Zika vaccine, new data released in Health Affairs shows that in addition to saving lives, vaccines are also an excellent investment in the economic health of communities.
So what's a proud NFL fan do to prevent being a flu statistic? The same as the losing team fans should do! Common sense should prevail:
I think we need to change the phrase "breed like rabbits" to "breed like humans," as no other species on this planet even comes close to the human reproduction rate. As our population grows, available land shrinks and more and more people are forced to live in crowded, urbanized environments, a situation ripe for the easy spread and emergence of infectious agents.
For much of the United States, winter means cold weather, snow, sleet and friendly reminders to get flu shots. Indeed, vaccinations remain an importan...
Consider two people circumnavigating the globe at the equator from the same starting point but moving in opposite directions; the two points furthest apart converge at the end where the journey began; so too here with anti-science zealotry on left and right: They merge together in a bond of extremism. Nowhere can this circle of delusion be seen better than with the emergence of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause devastating brain damage in newborns.
In most countries where vaccination targets are not being met, large populations and weak vaccine programs have led to large numbers of unvaccinated children. Nigeria, like others, is beset by healthcare data quality issues due to a lack of governance, technical knowhow and infrastructure.