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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.
The chances are the pair of hands that helped you into this world and the ones that will help you leave it belong to people you will never know. That is if you were lucky enough to be born where access to healthcare providers is readily available.
Despite a decade of lessons learned from fighting global health disasters like avian flu, SARS, and most recently Ebola, the United States continues to use an ineffective 'crisis-by-crisis' approach to combat health emergencies.
Don't get me wrong. I am very fond of Pope Francis -- his warmth and sunniness, and his dedication to serving the poor. But it is becoming wearying when the Pope, after three years in office, edifies the faithful through off-the-cuff remarks that the media scramble to decipher.
Dilma Rousseff, the first female president of Brazil, was just kicked out of office. The vote passed easily in the Brazilian Senate yesterday--55 people voted in favor of placing her on trial, versus 22 who voted against the trial.
Risk assessment is the science of determining two things: the likelihood of a given occurrence and the degree of potential loss. Let's say I want to d...
An article in the New York Times related how the offhand query of a young graduate student has spurred seasoned medical researchers on viruses to make...
While the danger of the Zika virus has been recognized in Brazil and throughout Latin America, this threat is just beginning to be understood in the U.S.
How would we go about stopping the spread of the Zika virus in the U.S.? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling...
Communities in the US with sanitation, improved housing, and air conditioning are less likely to be exposed to Zika or any other vector-borne diseases, like dengue fever or West Nile virus.
All of us encounter a pesky mosquito from time to time. For most people, it's little more than a momentary nuisance. A nip, a few days of itching, and we move on with our lives. Many people don't get by so easily, unfortunately.
Women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant in the near future should avoid Zika-infected areas, and men who've traveled to Zika-infected area should refrain from unprotected sex. Currently, there are not any treatments or vaccines for Zika, so hang on, we are in for a bumpy ride this summer and beyond.
We are at a point in time, on this World Malaria Day, when it's no longer just hypothetical to think that malaria can be eradicated
The growing number of cases of microcephaly, caused by congenital Zika infection, has been declared a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO). Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned that "everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we originally thought."
During the last two centuries, vaccines have eradicated smallpox, reduced global child mortality rates, and prevented countless birth defects and lifelong disabilities, such as paralysis from polio.