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Why This Doctor Believes That Ebola Will Not Be an American Catastrophe

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 10.27.2014 | Science
Dr. Faheem Younus

Calm down, people! Yes, Ebola is devastating, and it may continue to gnaw at Africa and the developing world, but it won't turn into an American catastrophe. Let me explain why I believe we will win this battle.

White House Halts Funding On Risky Flu Studies

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The White House has temporarily stopped funding new research involving the flu and other pathogens in which scientists ...

How Big Pharma Made Us Hypochondriacs

Julie Gray | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

From where I live now, I am thankful that I cannot reach for a spray or lozenge that will make it go away. No -- I'm kidding -- I'd kill for that. But in the absence of that easy fix, I have a new perspective and appreciation for my body and its frailty.

Ebola 101: Managing Our Children's Fears

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Our job as parents is to help our children deal with worrisome information by understanding how they think and process information at this formative time in their lives, and by giving them information they need to manage their thoughts and worries

Ebola and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The discussions quietly occurring in the corridors of the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and in other capitals throughout the world certainly point to grave concern on the part of policy and decision makers about the possibility of a worst-case scenario becoming reality.

The Public and Ebola: What the Polls Say

Paul Herrnson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Media
Paul Herrnson

Polls indicate that Americans consider emerging infectious diseases to be a significant public health priority. Although the public's concerns about AIDS, Ebola and other potential epidemics decreased slightly from 1998 to 2004, a majority of 55% still considered this threat critical, while an additional 34% considered it important.

Ravaging Infectious Disease And A Muted Media

Amy Wu | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Amy Wu

The book poses questions that the public, government officials and especially the press should consider as new infectious diseases emerge. How are the stories of these diseases told within the context of the present, and what are the lasting lessons can be learned from 1918?

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

Emerging Viral Threats: A Global Concern

Franco Nuschese | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Franco Nuschese

One only needs to think for a moment about SARS and HIV-AIDS and try not to shudder. It's not just about health, it's also about how it affects economies and national security. Governments cannot carry the burden of viruses and disease by themselves.

Mysterious New Virus Appears Deadlier Than SARS

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 06.20.2013 | Healthy Living

LONDON -- A mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, docto...

Lynne Peeples

Bats And Man: Our Love-Hate Relationship

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.14.2013 | Green

NEW YORK -- A projected image of baby bats swaddled in blankets earned a collective "awww" from the audience. It apparently came as a welcome reprieve...

Going Viral

Dorothy H. Crawford | Posted 08.10.2013 | Science
Dorothy H. Crawford

Viruses know nothing of sexism, ageism, racism or elitism; they just infect any susceptible person who comes their way. With viruses we must learn to expect the unexpected.

Mystery Illness Kills 2 In Alabama

AP | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A mysterious respiratory illness has left five people hospitalized and two dead in southeast Alabama, state health officials said ...

How to Avoid Avian Flu While Traveling in China

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

This might ruffle a few feathers with the tourism board, but aside from practicing proactive hygiene and other food safety measures, here are my top 10 things to avoid in Shanghai as a traveler during the recent avian flu outbreak

The China I Know

Howard Balloch | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Howard Balloch

It's going to be a very, very interesting China over the next few years. The group coming to power is among the toughest in years. But they are a very smart, very international group of leaders, and I think we're going to see a very different China when we look back ten years from now.

Managing Risks That Endanger Health

Dr. Lynn C. Klotz | Posted 11.17.2012 | Science
Dr. Lynn C. Klotz

The risks of a man-made pandemic are simply unacceptable.

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...

Not in My Back Yard -- And Not in Yours

Dr. Lynn C. Klotz | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Dr. Lynn C. Klotz

Investigations of such deadly pathogens as SARS should be conducted only in highest-security BSL-4 labs, tucked away in remote locations where any accident can be quickly contained.

Dying to Talk: Cellphones and Cancer

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sheila Shayon

A new San Francisco law will require retailers to post information about 'specific absorption rates' on cell phones. This info must be posted "in at least 11-point type -- next to phones."

Haiti: Diarrhea Threatens Infants and "We Are in Reaction Mode Instead of Planning Mode"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Hand washing is non-existent and raw sewage is flowing throughout the camps. Walk anywhere with peril. Human feces are everywhere, even in the ruins of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.

Global Health Diplomacy and the Muslim World: How Haiti Will Heal Us

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Collaborative work is emblematic of the increasingly important field of global health diplomacy and the Muslim world has an enormous role to play in this new conversation.

The Decade In Health: New Bugs, Scary Food, Bad Drugs

usatoday.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

As the decade comes to a close, USA TODAY looks at some of the more newsworthy medical stories of the past 10 years....

U.S. Mortgage Fraud Remains at Epidemic Levels

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pat Choate

Nothing can better send a message to the world that the United States is serious about restoring the integrity of its money industry than by banning from it the prominent people who deceived the nation and the world.

Germs Don't Care If You Are Legal Or Not

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Do you really want to limit vaccinations only to people who have legal documents, or would you rather everyone get inoculated? Remember, those you exclude will likely have some sort of contact with either you, your kids, or the food you eat at some point.