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From Cannoli in South Philly to Brain Mapping in Geneva

Kevin S. Weiner | Posted 06.28.2016 | Science
Kevin S. Weiner

As a scientific conference approaches, I always think back to my first science fair: I stood next to my homemade presentation of graphs and tables glu...

Economist Editorial Claims 'Minor Forms' Of Female Genital Mutilation OK

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact

Activists are up in arms over an article suggesting “minor forms of genital cutting” should be permitted. An editorial published in the Economist ...

How To Pay For Healthy Longevity

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.28.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The pharmaceutical industry has become the object of derision over the past couple decades. Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign marked a high-water moment in this swelling critique, as Mr. Gore juxtaposed 'Big Pharma' alongside 'Big Tobacco' as a central part of his populist message.

Let 5-year-old Sherry tell you how handwashing with soap saves lives

Myriam Sidibe | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Myriam Sidibe

Eunice, an expectant mother in Migori County, Kenya For twenty-six year old Eunice from Migori County,Kenya, celebrating her daughter Sherry's fifth ...

Zika Virus: The Race To Develop A Vaccine

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Aiko Stevenson

But, according to the WHO, the Olympics will "not significantly alter" the spread of Zika as it will be held during the winter months when the mosquito responsible for spreading the virus is less active:

The right to health for everyone, no matter where people live or travel

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 06.20.2016 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

World Refugee Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on what are some of the most pressing and basic issues that refugees and displaced people fac...

This Congress Is Undivided On Violence Against Women

Patricia M. Davidson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Women
Patricia M. Davidson

ICOWHI is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting health and well-being of women throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research.

WHO Has Great News For Coffee Drinkers -- With One Caveat

Reuters | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living

LONDON -- There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency will say as it downgrades ...

Is Antimicrobial Resistance On Your Radar Yet?

Michael Møller | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Møller

Antibiotics revolutionized medicine. Professor Alexander Fleming's accidental discovery of Penicillin granted him a Nobel Prize and unleashed the era ...

Thank You, World Health Organization!

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The WHO has long been a leader in matters of public health, from its successes against such dreaded diseases as smallpox to its campaign to control tobacco. Its new Health and Ageing Strategy, passed recently in Geneva, follows in this admirable tradition.

Stepping up the fight to end cholera and chikungunya outbreaks in Mandera County, Kenya

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

"An MSF assisted cholera treatment center in Mandera, Kenya". June 03, 2016 - Photo credit : @unfpaken Mandera's double whammy, the concurrent outb...

A to Z at the World Health Assembly: Discussions Range from Antimicrobial Resistance to the Zika Virus

John E. Lange | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
John E. Lange

The 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva demonstrated once again the central role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in global health. Wheth...

The First Zika Baby Born in the US: Do We Underestimate the Impact of Zika on Women?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Elena Ulansky

Zika is affecting people in the US, and it is just the beginning of a global crisis that is here to stay. It is more then just a virus, Zika is affect...

Ebola, Zika and the Weakness of the Global Health Regime

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

When it first began at the end of December 2013 in a rural village in Guinea, the Ebola virus had been restricted to a few neighboring villages. By Ma...

A Gold Medal in Fear Mongering

Sandro Galea | Posted 06.02.2016 | Sports
Sandro Galea

To call off the Olympics because of the anticipated but false threat of accelerated dissemination of Zika by the relatively few visitors from each country risks substantial economic damage to Brazil's already fragile economy, as well as to the hard-fought dreams of countless elite athletes.

World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get Ready for Plain Packaging

Margaret Chan | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Chan

While plain packaging represents a power tool for tobacco control, it also builds upon other measures that governments have at their disposal to curb tobacco use. It is recommended that plain packaging be used as part of a comprehensive multisectoral approach to tobacco control.

In Areas With Zika, Who Says To Follow Safer Sex Practices Or Abstain For 8 Weeks

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 05.31.2016 | World

GENEVA, May 31 (Reuters) - People returning from areas with transmission of the Zika virus should follow safer sex practices or abstain from sex for a...

The Best Commencement Speech The Class Of 2016 Could Hear

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.29.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Class of 2016, it's worth reflecting on a semantic point for a moment: there's a reason this is called a 'commencement address.' The word commencement means the beginning, not the end. Never before has this been more poignant than it is today.

125 Health Experts Call For Rio Olympics To Be Moved Or Postponed

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 05.27.2016 | Sports

In the face of growing anxiety over the mosquito-borne Zika virus, about 125 experts have signed their names to a letter sent to World Health Organiza...

Nearly 1,000 Killed In Attacks On Health Workers In Past 2 Years, WHO Says

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.26.2016 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 1,000 people were killed in attacks on health centers worldwide over the past two years, almost 40 percent of them in Syria,...

First Mile Headlines, Last Mile Challenges

Terry Babcock-Lumish | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
Terry Babcock-Lumish

This is a pivotal year for global health. After the United Nations (UN) wrapped its ambitious 15-year effort to realize its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), those focused on global health are rightly encouraged by its headline wins.

An Earthquake Strikes? A Flood Hits? Grab the Insulin!

Oleg Chestnov | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Oleg Chestnov

After a disaster, when stress may be ubiquitous and access to medications scant, routine cases of cardiovascular disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes can quickly evolve into life-threatening emergencies.

Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.

These 10 Cities Are Choking On The Planet's Worst Air Pollution

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 05.13.2016 | Green

Urban air pollution is on the rise and, to little surprise, those living in some of the world's poorest cities are breathing in the worst of it. The W...

A Turning Point in the Battle Against Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

It should not be a surprise that the long treatment journey for MDR-TB makes it difficult for patients to continue to successful completion. One in five patients currently interrupts their treatment or are lost to follow up in health services, while for one in ten patients treatment fails.