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Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

WHO Demands More Health Workers For War Against Ebola

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

By Kate Kelland and Tom Miles LONDON/GENEVA, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing fas...

Health Prescription: Ride a Bike. Better Yet, Ride with Thousands!

Rex Burkholder | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Rex Burkholder

Ciclovias Recreativas, known as Open Streets in the US, are specifically called out as effective strategies to promote physical activity.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Cost To Stop Ebola Outbreak Is Soaring, U.N. Experts Warn | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.04.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- The cost estimate to combat the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa has increased by $529 million since July 31 to $600 million, accordi...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Stopping Ebola Costs As Much As These 5 Things | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

Ebola isn't entering the United States smuggled in by child refugees. But the rapidly spreading and currently incurable disease has killed hundreds of...

128 New Ebola Cases And 45 Deaths In West Africa Reports WHO

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2014 | World

GENEVA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday reported 128 new Ebola cases and 56 deaths in West Africa in the two day...

Kathleen Miles

Health Expert: Ebola Outbreak A 'Perfect Storm' -- There Is No Plan For Controlling It | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

The Ebola outbreak concentrated in West Africa is “out of control,” and the international community has no organized plan to address it, a global ...

Matt Ferner

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalizing Drug Use | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The World Health Organization came out publicly, if quietly, in support of the decriminalization of personal drug use in a report released last week. ...

The World Cup of Antibiotics

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

The results are in for the Finals of the World Cup of Antibiotics. The patients have lost! Having come into the game as the clear underdog in this event, it was hoped that somehow they would be able to make it through and come out ahead of the relentless physician-prescribing practices.

Take the Good Road

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 09.21.2014 | Technology
Devishobha Ramanan

"My first car was a motorcycle." -- Adam Carolla Motorcycles exude an inexplicable desirability. There's a a certain machismo and vulnerability asso...

Female Genital Mutilation Is Un-Islamic, Declares Muslim Council Of Britain

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) strongly condemned the practice of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, as un-Islamic, la...

What Does Age-Friendly Look Like?

John Feather, PhD | Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

These images give us glimpses and provoke feelings of what it might be like to live in a fully-developed, age-friendly community.

Making a Scary Future Without Antibiotics Real

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

Resistance is a hard-to-grasp concept. Even harder, especially in a short clinic visit, is convincing a patient it's better to avoid antibiotics altogether, unless one really needs them.

Why Is the U.S. So Fat? Katie Couric Documentary Fed Up Seeks to Explain

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

The U.S. government plays both sides of the obesity street -- admonishing people to eat right while pushing the foods that make them fat -- because of the USDA's double mission of protecting the nation's health and protecting the health of the nation's farmers.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

World Health Organization Holds Emergency Meeting On MERS Virus

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living

(Updates with WHO news conference postponed until Wednesday) LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) - Health and infectious disease experts met at t...

Joshua Hersh

WHO Downplays Recent MERS Virus Surge | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.08.2014 | Healthy Living

A recent spike in a deadly virus that has swept across much of the Middle East, prompting fears of a global pandemic, was likely the result of a seaso...

The Food System Is Broken: We Need to Involve All Stakeholder Groups in Finding Solutions

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

This food system will not self-correct. We need a new consensus involving all stakeholders on how to make the food systems more responsive to human needs, what this would look like, and how it will be managed.

Three Million Syrians Go Hungry as UN Waits

John Jackson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
John Jackson

The UN has the legal right to cross the border without consent from the regime. Now is not the time to wait for unanimous legal opinion, because unanimity will never come. Now is the time to start the trucks and drive that aid to the millions who need it. But instead, we wait.

A Remarkable Achievement: 80 Percent of the World Now Polio-Free

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

I'm recently back from New Delhi where I attended meetings on global health security, tuberculosis, and HIV -- and very importantly, participated in the World Health Organization's event to certify Southeast Asia free of polio.

On World Health Day, Take Heart in Knowing the Global Fight Is Going Strong

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

When the visionary leaders who created the United Nations got down to business, one of the first subjects they tackled was trying to improve the health of people all around the world.

How Smart Business Can Help Solve 'The World's Largest Environmental Risk'

Alexander Collot d’Escury | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Alexander Collot d’Escury

We all knew air pollution was a major killer. But the latest research from the World Health Organization is shocking. So, what is the role of business in making things better, apart from polluting less themselves and increasing eco-efficiencies?

India Is Polio-Free After 3 Years Of No New Cases

AP | MANIK BANERJEE | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact

SHAHPARA, India (AP) — The scourge of polio ends in India with a lively 4-year-old girl, Rukhsar Khatoon, who became ill as a baby after her parents...

Unlikely Allies

Sandeep P. Kishore, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandeep P. Kishore, Ph.D.

We hope that all developing and developed countries alike will support the valiant efforts of South Africa and Australia in choosing to protect the lives of their people over intellectual property.

India Set To Be Declared Polio-Free

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — India marked three years Monday since its last reported polio case, putting the country on course to being formally declared free o...