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Looking Ahead for Global Health

Michael Møller | Posted 05.22.2016 | Impact
Michael Møller

The World Health Organization estimates that around 198 million people contract malaria, and that over half a million die every year. If we take a step back and digest these numbers, we are looking at over 1,000 people dying every day, most of them children. In fact, the WHO says that every minute a child dies from malaria. How is this acceptable?

Keep a Strong FENSA: Safeguard WHO's Independence From Private Interests

Kavitha Kolappa M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Kavitha Kolappa M.D., M.P.H.

Co-authored by KM Gopa Kumar (Third World Network), Sandeep Kishore (Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network), Tim Reed (Health Action Internation...

Meet a Feminist Hero at the Heart of the Ebola Crisis

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Sarah Beauchamp

Body Team 12, one of the many body teams working to collect victims in Liberia during the Ebola crisis, stands several feet away. Only one member approaches at first, Garmai Sumo, the only female member of the team.

Jason Linkins

As Liberia Earns 'Ebola-Free' Designation, A Look Back On The Lessons Learned

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

This weekend brought some good news for people who like to hear about the outbreaks of deadly diseases being curbed. According to the World Health...

White House Congratulates Liberia On Being Free Of Ebola

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

The White House congratulated the Republic of Liberia Saturday after the World Health Organization declared that the country was free of the Ebola vir...

Free at Last! (But Not Forever)

Adam C. Levine | Posted 05.08.2016 | World
Adam C. Levine

If all goes as planned, sometime today the World Health Organization will officially declare Liberia to be free at last of the deadly Ebola virus, having passed through the requisite 42-day window without a single new case of the disease.

People Must Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis In Syria: No Time to Wait for Governments

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Some 12.2 million people, more than half of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. A similar number have been displaced -- between 6.5 million and 7.8 million -- within Syria, and three to four million have been displaced on to neighboring states.

Avoiding an Antibiotic Apocalypse

Sonia Faruqi | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Sonia Faruqi

Antibiotic overuse merely scratches the surface of the problems posed by factory farms today. Animals are reared in large, windowless warehouses in conditions of extremely close confinement. A broad focus on improvements in animal welfare is urgent and essential. It would result in less antibiotics being needed in the first place.

If We Take This One Step, Bill Gates Says We Could Save 21 Million People From AIDS By 2030

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact

Saving millions of lives from AIDS is most certainly in our reach, according to Bill Gates -- we just have to up the resources aimed at ending the vir...

Saving Lives by Dinnertime: The Balancing Act of Global Health Parenting

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Our two daughters, Jessie and Abby, get vaccines. Not only do they receive their shots on schedule, but they've grown to understand why we've chosen to dedicate our careers to expanding access to immunization -- and they now know why we have to travel long distances, sometimes for extended periods of time, to help ensure that kids get the vaccines they need.

New LED Lights Could Play Huge Role In Ending Malaria

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.24.2015 | Impact

Researchers have pinpointed a potentially impactful weapon in the fight against malaria: LED light. The deadly disease killed an estimated 584,000 ...

WHO Extends Abstinence Or Safe Sex Recommendation For Ebola Survivors

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

Since the Ebola epidemic hit West Africa last year, the World Health Organization has consistently issued health recommendations to prevent the deadly...

Why April Is an Opportunity to Stop People Dying From Pollution

Hugh Evans | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Hugh Evans

If we are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, surely the management of pollution and improvement of air quality in the most densely populated places on earth are part of this story.

A Healthier Way to Buy Groceries Is on the Way

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

The bottom line is that FoodSwitch can help consumers make better, heart-healthier decisions in a quick, easy way. Such scrutiny could push food makers to improve their products, and perhaps serve as a surveillance tool for policy-makers and other regulators.

Is This the Beginning of the End of Glyphosate?

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

With the recent news that the World Health Organization's (WHO's) International Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled glyphosate -- the active ing...

Whoops! 'Safe' Weedkiller Now a 'Probable Human Carcinogen'

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.30.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

DDT was once thought safe, too. Are we going to keep believing chemical companies when they promise a pesticide is safe, only to find out years later it has threatened human lives?

10 Foods to Enjoy Without Added Sugar

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

While we know that sugary drinks such as soda and sugar-sweetened cereals such as Fruit Loops are a main culprit of added sugar, it is often surprising to people when they hear that sugar is also lurking in breads and salad dressings. So what can we eat without too much added sugar?

A Healthy Start: Why Moms and Babies Everywhere Need Safe Water at Childbirth

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

Imagine this: you're in the throes of labor pain and contractions, and you arrive at your nearest hospital to give birth. When you arrive, the hospital is dirty and the bed sheets haven't been washed.

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

The Weirdo Hero: Filmmaker Creates a Movie to Show What Depression Feels Like and to Inspire Those Who Suffer to Seek Help

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Last summer when Robin Williams took his life, it invited public conversation about depression and suicide -- topics that generally are considered tab...

Dear Colleagues: We SUCK!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I'm not saying we are wrong. In fact, we may all be right, about everything. But we are all right about disparate and seemingly-competing bits of the same, whole truth. The result is that nobody can see that whole truth.

Damon Beres

How To Listen To Music Without Destroying Your Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Damon Beres | Posted 03.06.2015 | Technology

Here are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself from permanent, noise-induced hearing loss:

International Women's Day: 10 Top Health Problems for Women

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

Women still face many health problems and we must re-commit to addressing them. Here are ten of the main issues that keep me awake at night.

Breakthrough 15-Minute Ebola Test Approved

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living

(Adds detail, quotes) By Tom Miles GENEVA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has approved the first rapi...

Why We ALL Need to Care About 'Failed Health States'

Stanley M. Bergman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Stanley M. Bergman

Let us not lose this opportunity to save lives right now and countless lives in the future, while also reducing the tremendous economic and security risk that "failed health states," and the threat of pandemic, pose to the world.