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Epidemics

All Hell Has Broken Loose in Liberia

Sister Barbara Brillant | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Sister Barbara Brillant

The fear of Ebola threatens to undermine our efforts over the last decade. During the war, you could at least hear the bullets, and you knew when to duck. Ebola is different. It's a silent killer that can spread without people even knowing.

Are Humans Inducing Epidemic Outbreaks?

Anna Clark | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

So far, the consequences of a warming planet have mainly afflicted the poor. Now scientists are discovering that not only does deforestation harm the environment, it may also be directly responsible for the Ebola outbreak.

Rabid Opposition to Ebola: Epidemiology Meets Hyperbole

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is certainly no basis for either fear of, or opposition to, the on-going treatment of an infected American doctor in Atlanta. We may instead all be thankful that in return for the courageous service he was providing in Liberia, Dr. Brantly is now receiving an American standard of medical care himself.

Joshua Hersh

Experts Fret About Deadly Virus' Great Unknowns

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living

ISTANBUL -- With cases of a virulent and highly fatal pathogen on the rise, including the first-known occurrence in the United States, epidemiologists...

Interview With a Zombie: Insights Into Pandemics

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 12.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Kids are back in school sharing their germs, flu season has begun, millions of people have just returned home from the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and...

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

U.S. Airports That Are Likely To Become Hubs Of Pandemics

Posted 07.27.2012 | Travel

After the 2003 SARS and the 2009 swine flu outbreaks, epidemiologists took an interest in how air travel affects the spread of disease. A new study b...

What If We Eradicated All Infectious Disease?

Posted 09.15.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/11/2012 11:13 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's Little Mysteries provides exper...

The False Epidemic of Childhood Bipolar Disorder

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Childhood bipolar disorder used to be vanishingly rare, but has recently become far too common -- in just 15 years, rates have jumped an amazing 40-fold.

Is the Media Flunking an Epidemic Readiness Test?

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 04.24.2012 | Media
Leslie Gerwin

In a serious epidemic, people facing decisions that may have life or death consequences will need to trust their information sources. If health officials and the media lose their credibility, it may be impossible to recover.

Why The Glass Is Half-Full

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Deepak Chopra

The point isn't that you have to believe the positive and ignore the negative. The two sides are intimately linked and inescapable. But you can align yourself with the positive side. The vote is cast at the level of consciousness.

Are Pills Magic?

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

When people feel ill or even fearful of illness, they want relief, and they want it quickly. So we give them pills.

Cholera in Haiti: "a disease of poverty"

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

Cholera is spread through the ingestion of contaminated water. Photo: United Nations By Peter Costantini Ansel Herz has filed three stories so far...

Why Democrats Are Losing on Health Care

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thomas Frank

If universal health insurance goes down to defeat, Democrats will have to live with the shame of having been beaten by arguments that a novice debater would have no trouble putting down.

Matt Damon, ONE and a Tractable Global Problem

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Sauer

Universal access to water and sanitation is still a pipe dream for many poorer countries, especially nations in Africa.