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Celebrating One Year and Many Victories

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability (S4S), we are jumping for joy as we celebrate the first anniversary of our organization. In merely one year, what b...

Newly-Discovered Smallpox Vials More Dangerous Than Thought

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Earlier this month, scientists found decades-old vials of the smallpox virus in the storage room of a lab near D.C. At the time, it was unclear if...

Forgotten Vials Of Deadly Virus Found

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week —...

Scientists Urge Delay In Destroying Deadly Virus

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 05.06.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than three decades after the eradication of smallpox, U.S. officials say it's still not time to destroy the last known stockp...

Is measles vaccination the biggest unrecognized success in global health?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

During an interview with CNN this week, Dr. Hans Rosling - iconic co-founder of Gapminder and professor of global health at the Karolinska Institutet ...

On Names, Faces, and Mottos of My University

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I declare unequivocal admiration for our institution, I am troubled, nonetheless, by some longstanding issues that I cannot seem to reconcile revolving on a name, symbols, and a motto.

The Moral Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Justice, But It Will Not Happen on Its Own

Larry Brilliant, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Larry Brilliant, M.D.

The arc of history will not bend towards justice without you bending it. Public health needs you to ensure health for all. Seize that history. Bend that arc.

Flu Me Once

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least complacency, and perhaps the annual return of influenza has induced that response. Perhaps that's why we seem to be dismissive of this germ, and overlook what a serious illness it can be. But that tendency is at our peril.

Andrea Stone

Scientist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Says U.S. Is Unprepared For Bioterrorism

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

One of the nation's preeminent scientists is speaking out for the first time about what he says is the government's failure to coordinate preparations...

Ryan Grim

Embattled Biodefense Firm Threatened To Sue HuffPost

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat on the Senate subcommittee for contracting oversight is calling for an inspector general's investigation into a biodefe...

Smallpox Scare At Virginia Historical Society Triggered By Old Piece Of Skin

Wall Street Journal | Posted 11.16.2011 | Weird News

A museum dedicated to Virginia state history was briefly transformed into a science laboratory when federal health inspectors became concerned that a ...

U.S. Will Save Last Smallpox Stockpiles, Just In Case

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 07.17.2011 | Healthy Living

GENEVA — The United States has proposed that the last known stockpiles of the smallpox virus should be retained for at least another five years ...

Experts Debate Destroying Last Smallpox Virus

AP | By MARIA CHENG | Posted 07.13.2011 | Home

LONDON -- Smallpox, one of the world's deadliest diseases, eradicated three decades ago, is kept alive under tight security today in just two places &...

Would you Destroy Smallpox?

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 06.14.2011 | Home

Smallpox is officially on the chopping block. But whether it will actually be destroyed or not, remains to be seen. The World Health Assembly decid...

Risky Today, Gone Tomorrow? Where Do Our Fears Go When the Oil Stops Leaking?

David Ropeik | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

Sooner or later, the leak will stop and we'll move on. It makes sense to worry most about what threatens you now, but it's a lousy way to assess the risks we really face.

Remembering smallpox eradication

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

This week the World Health Assembly marked the 30th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox with a statue recognizing Edward Jenner, developer ...

Redefining "Impossible" When It Comes To Maternal Mortality

Liya Kebede | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Liya Kebede

The same elements that wiped out smallpox -- national commitment, coordinated, focused efforts and sufficient funding -- can make maternal mortality a thing of the past.

A Level-4 Biolab Grows in Boston: Pathogens Welcome

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

We are in the grips of a military-industrial complex for whom projects such as the Boston Biolab are as much meat and potatoes as any multi-billion dollar weapon system, no matter how dubious the need.