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Uniting to Stop the Worms

David Addiss, MD, MPH | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
David Addiss, MD, MPH

'Uniting to Stop the Worms' may sound like a science fiction film headline, but intestinal worm infections -- known as soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) -- are all too real. They impair the lives of a billion people worldwide living in areas with poor sanitation.

Combatting Ebola and Infectious Disease Long-Term

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

It may seem premature to address our capacity to deal with these challenges long-term when the immediate needs in West Africa are so great, but the long-term action may be needed sooner than we think and the short-term solutions could well be the first bricks in the that foundation.

Half A Million Cancer Diagnoses A Year Are Due To Obesity

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living

* Almost a quarter of cancers in America are obesity-linked * High BMI linked to bowel, kidney, breast and other cancers ...

5 Ways We're Making Progress In Curbing Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact

While the work is far from over, the world has made some strides in prioritizing women's rights and safety this year. International Day for the El...

Dallas Hospital Where U.S. Ebola Patient Died Setting Up Fund For Victims In West Africa

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact

The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola at a Dallas hospital on Oct. 8, is hoping to use the Liberian national's tragic death to benefit t...

David vs. Goliath?

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

We hope that we can all fully recognize and support the hard work by citizen and civil society leaders which is still very much needed to ensure these promises truly make a difference.

Antibiotics in Our Food: Chemical Warfare We Cannot Win

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Given current concern about the Ebola virus, it's surprising that the public isn't more alarmed about "superbugs." Superbugs are infectious bacteria that have mutated to adapt to antibiotics that were designed to kill them, making the drugs ineffective. And a major cause of the resistance problem is antibiotics administered to farm animals.

Democrats Who Abandoned Obama Will Lose

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The polls for Tuesday look grim for weak-kneed and squeamish Democrats who have not stood up for Obama--or the substantial achievements of his party--over the last six years.

In Southern Malawi, Reaping The Benefits Of Investing In Adolescent Girls

UN Women | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Mercy's parents are farmers who struggle to make ends meet. The eldest of six siblings, Mercy often went to bed hungry because the youngest had to eat first. She began the relationship hoping to ease the financial strains on her family. But instead, Mercy became pregnant.

Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though no one can reasonably argue that infectious diseases pose no concern or risk of spreading, as a nation, we must investigate the rational science of transmission and avoid acting on fear, baseless speculation, and apparent political expediency.

Global Epidemics Need Global Leadership

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

It can only be hoped that as we work to contain the Ebola epidemic at its source in West Africa -- which is the only way it will be contained -- the world will learn that we must spend the political and financial capital needed to prepare for future epidemics that will surely come.

Battling Breast Cancer in Resource-Poor Countries

Oleg Chestnov | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Oleg Chestnov

Recent years have seen great public health successes for women, such as the halving of deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. But these gains are threatened by breast cancer.

World Polio Day Cuts Through the Clutter

John Hewko | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
John Hewko

Amid a calendar jammed with scores of so-called awareness days, World Polio Day -- observed on October 24 -- is among the most significant and important of this year.

Food Justice for Babies

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Where babies live largely influences what babies eat. Barriers to fresh food means barriers to first food. This matters because what we eat as infants and toddlers sets the stage for later health outcomes, including heart disease, obesity and cancer.

Lack of Courage and Common Sense are Ebola's Greatest Ally

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Seriously -- after all the time that has passed since the outbreak of the virus in West Africa earlier this year, why are guidelines for health care workers only being developed and distributed now?

Sorting Out the 911s

Bill Couzens | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

These two smokers in the parking lot understandably are concerned about Ebola impacting their lives yet comforting themselves with the very thing that very likely will kill them.

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.

Rethinking Community Service: You Can Fight Ebola by Joining Online Mapping

Dannia Guzman | Posted 12.13.2014 | College
Dannia Guzman

It turns out that there is a simple way each and every one of us can help. That is through a humanitarian mapping global collaboration.

Ebola, AIDS, and Plague Inc.

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

As we face a plague that could spread with the scale and devastation of AIDS, Congress is once again playing partisan and petty politics.

Ebola: Cutting-Edge Science Offers Hope for Containing the Most Severe Acute Health Emergency in Modern Times

Margaret Chan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Chan

While many difficult scientific issues remain to be resolved, one thing is clear: WHO and its scientific and industry partners are making sure that no stone is left unturned, that no international standards for safety and quality are compromised.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

Ebola and Life-Threatening Diseases: Should You Take Untested Medicines?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

If a condition, even Ebola, threatens your life, be courageous, be informed, and be prepared to make a decision that could help you survive.

This World Heart Day, Create Heart-Healthy Environments Where You Live, Work and Play

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Dr. Sidney C. Smith Jr. didn't have just one a-ha moment that turned him into a crusader against heart disease. He had too many to count. Frequently, they fit the same pattern: Someone is rushed to the hospital with a heart attack after a buildup of fatty deposits called plaque has blocked a coronary artery.

Let's Stop Assuming People Know What Mental Health Is

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Mental health is not having a problem. It's how you address all of the challenges in your life. It's how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline.