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Contagion

Apocalypse When? The End of the World in Pop Culture

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When I would complain about some trivial disappointment as a child (or even a teen -- and, really, disappointments at that age never feel as trivial as they are), my mother would say, "Well, it's not the end of the world." Fortunately, she didn't live to see contemporary pop culture.

Movie Review: World War Z

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ahhh yes, the zombie apocalypse -- that moment when the dead rise and, by biting the living, turn them into zombies as well. Some theorize that Patient Zero was Ronald Reagan.

Pretense and Defense of Our Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.

The Cultural Rebound Effect of a Meme: How Tunisian Politics Got 'Harlem Shaken'

Yousri Marzouki | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Yousri Marzouki

The Tunisian Harlem Shake incident comes on the verge of an unprecedented political crisis in this country.

From Rome With Love? The Three Issues to Watch for Italy and Global Markets

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

The possible loss of eagerly anticipated labour reforms, financial restrictions and market contagion provide shorter term sources of turmoil. However, existing reforms are likely to continue, market retrenchment is healthy and to be exploited for longer term opportunities.

Water, Water: Cornfield Creek Diary

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

I have a different relationship with water since moving to Cornfield Creek, off Maryland's Magothy River. I moved here after three decades of city living, which involved -- among other things -- not thinking about water very much.

How A Friend’s Divorce Could Cause Your Own

Vicki Larson | Posted 10.12.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

We marry in a great public display of love and commitment. Divorce, however, is a totally private and personal event. But, is it really?

Patient Zero: Why Health Care for All, Via a Nationalized Single-payer System, Is a National Security Issue

Scott Mendelson | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Scott Mendelson

So now that the Affordable Care Act is set in stone, the next step is the provision contained which allows individual states to choose how best to implement the law.

Your Republican Friends Are Going to Love Lockout

Jason Bailey | Posted 06.13.2012 | Entertainment
Jason Bailey

What's striking, when watching Lockout (aside from what a terrible, lunk-headed movie it is), is how frequently and explicitly it flaunts its anti-Democrat -- and anti-Obama -- point of view.

Flu Season and Fiction: What Downton Abbey and Contagion Tell Us About Facing Reality

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 05.08.2012 | Home
Leslie Gerwin

Life at Downton was only nominally disrupted; the wedding was reluctantly postponed perhaps in part because there might be a shortage of healthy servants to attend to their guests. Alas, the wedding became a moot issue when the prospective bride suddenly succumbed to the disease.

Contagion And The Conflict Between Religious Beliefs And Immunization

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.27.2012 | Religion
Bill Moyers

Now seven states are considering legislation to make it even easier for mothers and fathers to spare their children from vaccinations, especially on religious grounds.

Lynne Peeples

Bioterror Death Germs Thrive In Labs, Nature, As U.S. Funding Withers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.10.2012 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. In early October 2001, just da...

5 Health-Themed Movies Of 2011

Posted 12.29.2011 | Healthy Living

Some of the biggest, most-raved about films that came out this year have been about, or were shaped by, a health issue or theme. Some have dealt wi...

Lynne Peeples

Exotic Dangers: Could The Global Pet Trade Import The Next Pandemic?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. Dr. Anthony Pilny had just fin...

Lynne Peeples

Dangerously Unaware: Americans Lack Knowledge About Source Of Global Pandemics

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.14.2011 | Green

Two out of every three Americans worry about the potential for a global disease outbreak. (Thank you, "Contagion.") Yet, alongside this result fr...

Are Haiti's Cholera Victims Warren Buffett's "Girls in the Convertible?"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.31.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Are Fonkoze and Mercy Corps unwittingly helping major stockholders in the reinsurance firm Swiss Re turn Haitian women into Buffett's "girl(s) in the convertible?"

Germany, France Push For Power To Reject Eurozone Budgets

Posted 11.28.2011 | Business

Germany and France stepped up a drive on Monday for intrusive powers to reject national budgets in the euro zone that breach EU rules, as a market...

U.S. Works To Safeguard Itself From European Debt Crisis

Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

(David Lawder and Glenn Somerville) - The United States is ramping up attempts to safeguard its financial system from a worsening of Europe's debt...

Cell Phones: A Biological Part of You

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

Cell phones change economies, communication, education, human brains and inner-human ecology. Treat them with respect -- as biologically part of your hand. Keep them clean.

Matt Damon, John Krasinski Making The Biggest Move Of Their Careers

Posted 12.20.2011 | Entertainment

Matt Damon made his first true splash in Hollywood by winning an Oscar for co-writing "Good Will Hunting," with Ben Affleck, a coming-of-age tale in w...

Contagion Grips 'Flublogia'

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 12.06.2011 | New York
Peter Christian Hall

What, I've been wondering, do the real flu bloggers -- who don't even accept advertising on their sites, lest an ad for Tamiflu sap pop up next to a story on antivirals -- think of Contagion's greedy Alan Krumwiede?

Contagions: Reality More Chilling Than Film Fiction

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

You don't need to look far to find real examples of pandemics and their huge tolls. But some of the deadliest diseases wouldn't be considered the least bit exotic by Hollywood screenwriters or even average Angelenos.

Lynne Peeples

'Contagion' Connections: How Links Among Humans, Animals And The Environment May Be Spawning A New Class Of Infectious Diseases

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green

The first in a series investigating the complex linkages between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. Bronx Zoo pathologist ...

Congress Should Puncture This Cartel

Martha Burk | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

Congress exempted Group Purchasing Organizations from anti-kickback statutes in the 1980s, in what critics say was a direct violation of anti-trust law. In the past three decades there has been no serious effort to correct this gross fleecing of patients and taxpayers.

The Facts and Fiction of On-Screen Medicine

Priya Malhotra | Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago
Priya Malhotra

Although Contagion generated feelings of hypochondria, I found the movie's medical validity very satisfying. And when I say "satisfying," I mean I squealed with delight every time I heard a Microbiology 1650 buzzword.