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The World Health Organization's Annual World Malaria Report

Martin Edlund | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Martin Edlund

The holidays came early this year for the global health community, with news that malaria deaths globally are at an all-time low. According to the World Health Organization's annual World Malaria Report, mortality rates from the disease have fallen dramatically to 584,000 annually -- including a 58 percent decline in child deaths in Africa.

Ebola, the News Cycle, and the Affliction of Short Attention Spans

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Real problems, in the real world, are rarely solved by either the excessively afflicted or the unduly comfortable. Real problems, like Ebola, tend to populate the space between cause for panic and allowance for apathy. Real solutions, whatever the headlines, tend to reside there as well.

Battling Breast Cancer in Resource-Poor Countries

Oleg Chestnov | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Oleg Chestnov

Recent years have seen great public health successes for women, such as the halving of deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. But these gains are threatened by breast cancer.

Lessons from Multidrug-Resistant TB on How Evidence can Catalyse Policy Change

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

We need to increase financial commitment by both the public and the private sectors and strengthen the provision of high-quality TB care by all providers to accelerate TB control today.

Ebola: Learning From Past Mistakes

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Philippe Douste-Blazy

The importance of a rigorous, normative approach to the implementation of primary health systems and the building of a cadre of trained public health professionals cannot be overstated. The industrialized countries have an obligation to assist with expertise, crisis management and funding.

Ebola: Cutting-Edge Science Offers Hope for Containing the Most Severe Acute Health Emergency in Modern Times

Margaret Chan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Chan

While many difficult scientific issues remain to be resolved, one thing is clear: WHO and its scientific and industry partners are making sure that no stone is left unturned, that no international standards for safety and quality are compromised.

Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

Claire Fordham | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Claire Fordham

Back home in the United States after three weeks helping fight the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Dr. Suzanne Donovan is flying to Nairobi this weekend -- at the invitation of the United Nations -- to speak about Ebola management to representatives from seven African countries.

WHO: More Cases Of Ebola In Europe Unavoidable

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

By Inmaculada Sanz and Kate Kelland MADRID/LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that Europe would almost certain...

The Fight Against Ebola Is a Fight Against Inequality

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The knowledge and infrastructure to treat the sick and contain the virus exists in high- and middle-income counties. So now thousands of people in these countries are dying because, in the lottery of birth, they were born in the wrong place.

Ebola: A Warning That We Need to Vaccinate Ourselves...From Excessive Fear.

David Ropeik | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

Even just worrying too much, for too long, can be a risk, a BIG one. Worrying, biologically, is stress, and chronic stress (lasting more than several days) raises our blood pressure and heart rate, weakens our immune system, and interferes with normal neurotransmitter production.

Ebola Aid Workers Shocked By WHO's 'Amateurism'

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact

* Calls for reform of U.N. health agency after mishandling Ebola * Hit by cuts, WHO rebuffed calls to play more active role ...

Through Ebola's Eyes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Predictably, this one case diagnosed here in the U.S. has resulted in a media feeding frenzy, rumination, recrimination, and the familiar blend of hyberbole and hysteria that tends to populate those infamous 15 minutes during which any given crisis holds our attention.

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

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.25.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 10.13.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.