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It's Time for Action on Universal Health Coverage

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

We cannot afford to put off action any longer. Experts predict that within the next 30 years, we are likely to face a pandemic like the 1918 Spanish Flu, which could kill as many as 30 million people in 250 days -- and reduce global GDP by nearly five percent, or close to $4 trillion.

Ageless in NYC

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.16.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

If you were in New York City last Wednesday morning, you might have been on your way to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, shopping at Macy's or just...

A Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired

XPRIZE | Posted 12.16.2015 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Joni Blecher When a group of students at the University of Washington saw a fellow classmate struggling with big heavy Braille books to study, i...

Melancholia, Without the Romance

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

On those gray days when my despair is palpable it seems such a high price. But on my good days, oh, those glorious, delicious, good days, of which there are many, you will quite often catch me singing. Out loud.

Ketamine: We Speak to Top Relief Agency Pharmacists About the Effects of International Control

WFSA | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
WFSA

"Any level of scheduling poses a risk that supplies of quality ketamine will not be available when it's needed to treat patients in the field." - St...

Why Educating Older Workers Is Crucial To Maintaining Economic Vitality

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

A new study from the American Psychological Association (APA) is the latest mark in how 21st century longevity must become a driver for profound social and economic change. APA underscores that education for older adults isn't simply a question of economic participation, but of health.

As New Crises Emerge, Let's Not Let Up on the Old Ones

Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD

An estimated 438,000 people will die of malaria this year, versus about 13,000 who will die of Ebola. As health leaders -- including many of us here at WHO -- rightfully debate how to prepare for the next health crisis that may emerge, we should take pains to ensure that we continue to make progress against the diseases we already know much about.

Polio Outbreak In Ukraine Prompts WHO Call To Action

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The World Health Organization is urging Ukraine's health ministry to declare a state of emergency due to a polio outbreak, a mov...

Botox and Us

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.01.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

There is a new 21st century health approach to aging in such areas as skin, vision, hearing and muscle and bone mass.

The Criminalization of People With Mental Illness in America: The Need for a Collective Vision

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Americans deserve a dynamic and engaging approach to mental health care. This includes system change where governmental policy makers on every level are aware of the importance of the promotion of mental health.

Want a Healthy World? Let the HIV Response Lead the Way

Mitchell Warren | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Mitchell Warren

The world has gotten this far because of massive investments in the HIV response. To actually end the epidemic, though, it is imperative that we resist complacency, cutbacks in funding and a sense that, on any level, our work is done.

France Detects First Bird Flu Outbreak In Years

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living

France, the European Union's biggest agriculture producer, reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens on Wednesday, its first ...

Ecopolis Iowa City: Interview with Kamyar Enshayan, Beyond Pesticides: Community Models That Work

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Pesticide use is widespread, and driven by current monoculture cropping systems. Rural Iowans are at highest risk of pesticide exposure; more protective public health policies are urgently needed, and Ecological alternatives to pesticides are practical, effective and can be less costly.

5 Myths About Antibiotic Resistance That Are Putting Us All At Risk

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living

People across the world are alarmingly confused about the role of antibiotics and the right way to take them, and this ignorance is fueling the rise o...

Why We Should Ditch Plastic Bags For Good

Tom Allon | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Tom Allon

It is easier than you think to merely carry a canvas bag in our briefcase or knapsack or purse, to purchase food on our way home in the evenings.

The Path To Cleaner Air In India

Carl Pope | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Another generation all around the world is subjected to truly dangerous levels of pollution in the name of "economics" when delay only makes the final bill higher, not cheaper.

The Problem With the WHO's Great Meat Conspiracy

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jason Johnson

Future reports (and their press releases!) must be more nuanced than meat/sunlight/fresh air causes cancer. Policymakers and, by extension, their constituents, need to be able to trust the WHO as the best source of information available.

From Despair to Hope: Fulfilling a Promise to Mothers and Children in Mandera County

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Marginalization combined with internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism, poor human development and cross border terrorism have trapped so many of Mandera's people in poverty and misery.

Keeping Older Chinese Working

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.06.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

China has officially lifted its one-child policy as part of their 13th Five Year Plan. The issue is whether the colossal demographic consequences on economic growth can find solutions.

Red Meat and Cancer: 6 Expert Nutrition Tips

Catherine Burns | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Burns

In light of all this -- and while we wait for more studies and more research to clarify some of these issues -- what are my recommendations? Ultimately I think the answer is actually quite simple. I would go ahead within these guidelines:

No, Bacon Won't Kill You

Kristin Wartman | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Wartman

Unless you eat bacon by itself for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the hype about bacon killing you is largely unfounded. Of more worthy concern are the thousands upon thousands of chemical additives that lace our highly processed food supply.

News From the WHO on Meat and Cancer Gives Yet Another Reason to Go Meatless Monday

Diana K. Rice | Posted 10.30.2015 | Taste
Diana K. Rice

This week, the Internet was aflutter with commentary on the recently released World Health Organization (WHO) report affirming the connection between ...

Bacon Causes Cancer...and Complacence

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

We can choose to be informed. We can choose to reduce harm to ourselves and the planet by eating less meat. And we can choose not to be complacent about industries that pollute our bodies and our environment.

Fixing the Pneumonia Epidemic

Michael Hodin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Just as public, private, and philanthropic leaders did a brilliant job with childhood vaccination decades ago, so too must we bring the same commitment, dedication, and creativity to adult and "life-course" vaccination.

Tuberculosis Causes As Many Global Deaths As HIV/AIDS, WHO Finds

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

Tuberculosis has joined HIV/AIDS as the top infectious disease killer on the planet, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. TB killed 1.5 ...