The global health community has barely begun to recognize how vaccination can enable a healthy, active aging process. This aha! moment had better come soon, because vaccination isn't just good health policy, it's great economic policy.
This is my call -- from a poor nation to history makers -- to be the generation who can change the course of history. Let's march mercilessly against TB, HIV and malaria. In an age of vaccines, antibiotics and dramatic scientific progress, these diseases can be brought under control.
Last month, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a thoughtful report recommending against studying the anthrax vaccine in children. I might have agreed, had I not spent a year co-chairing an IOM report on protecting the public from a deadly anthrax attack.
We must capitalize upon the historic opportunity to eradicate polio. Success will eliminate an ancient scourge - and it will also demonstrate a global commitment to a future where children receive all of the vaccines they need and deserve.
This is part two of "How to Plan for Your Next Great Adventure." Part one dealt with figuring out your itinerary and finding the right price. In this follow up, we'll take a look at other things to consider (travel insurance and unexpected costs) as you prepare for your trip of a lifetime.
I love being an American. I'm a Texan, an outdoorswoman -- but if you told me I had to give up some rights or change some laws so that my daughter could safely go to school, attend church, or walk home -- I would do it.
Parents' worries about the safety of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine are on the rise. And yet, doctors and scientists aren't more worried. What's going on?
For me, there is no substitute, no equivalent way to connect with the greater human cause than putting two life-saving drops of polio vaccine into the mouth of a 3-year-old child.
Women and girls have been at the center of the HIV prevention research agenda for more than a decade. Women account for half of new HIV infections worldwide, in part because there are too few prevention options that they can control.
Today, we launch Global Mom Relay -- an interactive, online conversation over the next 62 days that features moms, celebrities, experts and others who will shares stories of motherhood and talk about what we can do to improve the health of mothers and children around the world.
Fortunately the majority of children recover from ear infections without any intervention. But about 20-30 percent of the time, they need help fighting the infection.
Can you imagine being the parent whose child contracts one of these illnesses and you know halfway around the world children will survive and perhaps never even come in contact with one of these diseases because of modern medicine?
Perhaps the most insidious obstacle toward HPV vaccination resides in a nasty little parenting decision. When exactly should we vaccinate our boys and girls? The answer is key, because vaccines should be applied at least six months before the first exposure to the virus.
Annually in the U.S. about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and for 4,000 of them, it's fatal. African-American women with cervical cancer are twice as likely to lose their lives to this disease than white women.
One has only to visit Nigeria or India or Pakistan for a few hours to catch a glimpse of beggars who creep along the dirt roads of villages or the filthy asphalt streets of the cities, crawling on their elbows and dragging legs paralyzed due to polio.
There's a growing and welcome awareness that the world's biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well.