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Plague Plots: Dispatches from Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.05.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can a novel's depictions of healthcare workers in a plague-ravaged land inform our thinking about the lives of those who try to save lives?

Blaming Obama for Ebola? Dysfunctional Politics and Dread Disease

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Did the Democrats lose the Senate over Ebola? Pundits are parsing the exit polls, and they'll no doubt come to contradictory conclusions. But the surreal notion that President Obama's incompetence put America at risk for dread disease fed Republican efforts to cast Democrats as a danger to the nation.

Ebola, HIV, and the Politics of Contagion

Jim Downs | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Downs

That Ebola now compels other Americans to consider the threat of a contagious virus suggests how fortunate they have been. Instead of sounding off an alarm of hysteria, they might just want to listen to how the other half lives.

Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis

Robert Walker | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The immediate task before us is the containment of the Ebola outbreak. For the moment, little else matters. But we still must confront the larger challenge. We must make the repair of public health systems in developing countries a global priority.

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

How Authorities Are Bracing For The Next Ebola

Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living

By Allyn Gaestel for OZY Can the global health system stop Ebola? The answer has more to do with Samuel Kazirharo than you might expect. Kazirah...

Lynne Peeples

The Critical Question We're Not Asking About The Ebola Outbreak

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green

The ebola outbreak in West Africa has the world on edge: Will the virus spill into new communities? Will it cross more borders? Even oceans? How can c...

Are You Suffering From Secondhand Stress?

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

When you're around your positive friend you connect and relate to him or her. When you're around the miserable boss, you're tense because you're picking up on his tension, maybe even trying to understand him, and it doesn't make you feel good.

Apocalypse When? The End of the World in Pop Culture

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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...