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Young People Lead Grassroots Vaccination Campaign As Polio Spreads Across Borders

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact

Nikzad is on an ambitious mission. And he's not alone. Thousands of young polio vaccinators, just like him, are taking on polio in Afghanistan, aim...

Malaria Is The 'Greatest Success Story In Global Health': Nonprofit

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact

A decade ago, up to 45 percent of all hospital admissions in Africa were caused by malaria, according to USAID. Today, the continent is in a dramat...

Your Doctors Are Worried

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

In a nuclear war involving as few as 100 weapons anywhere in the world, the global climate and agricultural production would be affected so severely that the lives of more than 2 billion people would be in jeopardy.

Love Is the Engine -- Knowledge Is the Power

Bill Couzens | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Bill Couzens

Knowledge is power -- it is the power in all our choices, from the food we choose to put on our tables to who we vote for in our local and national elections. Less Cancer must be everyone's priority, and I am grateful to the many people who have joined the fight.

Don't Want to Die? Support a 1 Percent Jethro Knights Life Extension Tax

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Most people don't read scientific journals, but if they did they'd know the transhumanist field of life extension is repeatedly making major scientifi...

New WHO Report Provides Road Map for Effective Vaccine Introductions

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

In the mid-1990s, when I started working with the World Health Organization (and at that time, the Children's Vaccine Initiative, a pre-cursor to the ...

On World Health Day, Take Heart in Knowing the Global Fight Is Going Strong

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

When the visionary leaders who created the United Nations got down to business, one of the first subjects they tackled was trying to improve the health of people all around the world.

Using New Media to Make Effective Impact

Olivia Davies | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Olivia Davies

Social Media may not be the usual avenue for accessing help, but it offers more than one lifeline to those suffering from mental health problems.

14 Ways To Make Sanitation Sustainable

Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact

What has more impact, new technology or behavioural change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our...

This Weird-Looking Headband Actually Relieves Migraine Pain

Agence France Presse | Catherine Boitard | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business

A small technology company based in southern Belgium is set to take on the giant US market with its crowning achievement: an anti-migraine headband. T...

Leaving the Next Generation an Empty Bag: The Big Mop-Up

Bill Couzens | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

If cancer is preventable (meaning its prevalence can be reduced by making lifestyle and/or environment changes, excluding hereditary cancers), then how and why are we still struggling to reverse the increasing incidences of cancer?

When Government Bureaucracy Proves To Be More Than Annoying -- Perhaps Even Fatal

Paul Alexander | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Why is Bexsero unavailable in America? One reason. The Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved it. Not because it isn't safe and effective -- it is in common use in Europe and much of the English-speaking world -- but because the FDA has become so immobilized by a stupefying bureaucracy.

2013 Global Emergencies Stretched Resources 'To The Limit': Report

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact

Last year was the worst year for humanitarian crises in two decades, and international aid organizations are feeling the strain. Dr. Richard J. Bre...

Thinking About Cutting Back on Soda? Try Monday

Diana K. Rice | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Diana K. Rice

What's that one measly can of soda a day -- your afternoon treat -- really going to do? Quite a bit, according to many leading health organizations.

Postcard From Vienna: Europe's Stance on International Drug Policy

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Europe is a major consumer of drugs, and thus a major driver of the drug market. It is also the home of some of the best examples of evidence-based, people-centered, public health-driven policies and was a leader in the early and large-scale implementation of harm reduction.

Pain Relief Is a Human Right

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Eric J. Hall

Palliative care is a human right, a basic value of human culture. We may not be able to save everyone's life, but we certainly can ease their pain.

The Danger of MIS-Reasoning About Risk

David Ropeik | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

Fluoride causes cancer. Childhood vaccines cause autism. Climate change is a hoax. Where do all these patent mistruths come from?

Dr. Brundtland's Impact on Global Health; We Must Stay the Course

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Dr. Derek Yach

I recently co-authored a piece in the journal Public Health about my esteemed colleague, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of the Wor...

Sad Faces, Sad Futures and a Recipe for Change

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

There is an old adage, "Adults make war and children suffer," and so it is more so today than ever.

Older in 2014

Michael Hodin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

in 2014, retiring in our early sixties is neither personally agreeable nor fiscally sustainable. Can you really play golf and receive a pension check for 30 years?

The Power of Data to Build a Healthier You

Pieter Nota | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Pieter Nota

The emergence of wearable sensors and digital tools that measure heart rate or the number of steps taken provides one part of the solution -- but not always enough to deliver the change required.

Beijing Air Pollution At Dangerously High Levels

AP | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing's skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season's first wave of extremely dangerous pollu...

India Set To Be Declared Polio-Free

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — India marked three years Monday since its last reported polio case, putting the country on course to being formally declared free o...

Ciclovia: Open Streets Throughout Latin America

Rex Burkholder | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Rex Burkholder

A confident young participant in San Francisco de Porro. Ciclovia is a Latin American phenomena originating over 30 years ago in Bogotà, Colombi...

Catalyzing the Landmark G8 Commitment

George Vradenburg | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

After the G8 event, it seems that the world is finally getting serious about beating a disease that has been rightly identified as the 21st century's "ticking-time bomb."