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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 ...

Bill Gates Can't Do it Alone

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

The ability to provide predictable financing to procure new, life-saving vaccines is the one unique donor role in the complex vaccine process.

How Long Does It Take To Buy a Life-Saving Vaccine?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Procurement challenges and differences on pricing policies continue to vex our efforts to get vaccines to the world's neediest children.

Sick of pneumonia and diarrhea

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

Child survival is up, but according to a new publication in The Lancet this week, the leading killers of children remain the same. You guessed it: p...

Profound Health Impact for Small Change

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

The WHO predicts that none of the health-related Millennium Development Goals that the international community had set itself will be met by 2015. Clearly no less than a paradigm shift will do.

Recognizing the Good Guy Leaders

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

All too often it seems like the good guys get left behind, while the not-so-good guys get the recognition. So I'm pleased to say that today there's r...

Encouraging Indicators in the Fight Against Malaria

Ray Chambers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ray Chambers

Thanks to unprecedented levels of funding and extraordinary collaboration among partners, the malaria community has achieved remarkable progress.

Swine Flu, Climate Change and a Middle-of-the-Night Tantrum

Joellen Raderstorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Joellen Raderstorf

Where is our collective panic about climate change? Our energy consumptive lifestyles do not blink in the quake of devastating floods, receding glaciers and starving children.

10 Things the FDA Can Do to Improve Nutrition Labeling

Hemi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Hemi Weingarten

Wouldn't it be nice if the FDA cleaned up the mess originally created when it brought us the nutrition facts label as we know it today?

The Cell Phone Brain Cancer Debate

Dr. Cara Natterson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Natterson

No one is certain what cell phones do to our brains when we endlessly rest them against our heads. At best, it's nothing. At worst, it's damage that will translate into an enormous spike in brain cancer.

Will We Suffer Two Flu Seasons This Year?

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Christian Hall

In this season of swine flu discontent, the annual shot aimed at quelling "normal" flu may have a bad year.

Gates Says Too Many Kids' Deaths Are Preventable

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Katherine Gustafson

2.2 million kids under the age of 5 die every year from diarrheal diseases. The vast majority of these deaths could be prevented with basic hygiene, water quality improvements and sanitation.

WHO predicts 'explosion' of swine flu cases

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — The global spread of swine flu will endanger more lives as it speeds up in the coming months and governments must boost preparations f...

Swine Flu Vaccine Running Behind Schedule

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON -- A fully licensed H1N1 flu vaccine might not be available until the end of the year, a top official at the World Health Organization said Mon...

Swine Flu Pandemic Has Begun, 1st In 41 Years: WHO

AP | MARIA CHENG and FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — Swine flu is now formally a pandemic, a declaration by U.N. health officials that will speed vaccine production and spur government spe...

Swine Flu Pandemic Is Closer, Says WHO

AP | MARIA CHENG and FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — Swine flu is now formally a pandemic, a declaration by U.N. health officials that will speed vaccine production and spur government spe...

Thank God It's Thursday: Book Expo '09 & The 27s plus The Singular Thomas Dolby

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This year's BookExpo in New York City had its usual small arena of publishers at gussied-up kiosks hawking the latest and greatest by writers known and unknown.

Japan, San Marino Top Life Expectancy League

AP | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says women in Japan have the highest life expectancy in the world with 86 years. WHO says men in San Mari...

Life-Expectancy: Japan, San Marino Top The List

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — Girls born in Japan today are likely to live until the year 2095, some with a good chance of seeing the dawn of the next century thanks...

Hillary and Obama Set to Kill Medical R&D Treaty at WHO Meeting

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Love

Negotiators say that with regard to medical R&D, Obama is following the Bush game plan even more aggressively than was done when Bush was president.

Swine Flu Vaccine To Take Months To Produce, Says WHO

AP | FRANK JORDANS and MARIA CHENG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — The World Health Organization urged drugmakers to reserve some of their pandemic swine flu vaccine for poor countries, but received few...

Swine Flu Not Man Made: WHO

DPA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There is no evidence to support a theory that the new influenza A(H1N1) virus was created in a laboratory, a World Health Organisation official said T...

Swine Flu Could Have Come From-Bio Experiment Lab, Researcher Claims

ABC News | LEE FERRAN and JOSH GAYNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An Australian researcher claims the swine flu, which has killed at least 64 people so far, might not be a mutation that occurred naturally but a man-m...

WHO: Swine Flu Could Infect 2 Billion People If Becomes Pandemic

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The media's coverage of the H1N1 swine flu epidemic has been criticized by many for being overblown, fire-fanning, scare-mongering, overly hyped, and ...

China, WHO Downplay Quarantine Controversy With Mexico

Global Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Following its accusation of China's "discrimination" against its citizens during attempts to contain the far-reaching A (H1N1) influenza, the Mexican ...