There’s progress on international Ebola vaccines. You may be hearing it here first. From the tone of today’s US media, it comes none too soon. The news was actually released on Wednesday but apparently got lost in American hysteria about the Dallas case. From September 29-30, the World Health Organization consulted with more than 70 experts
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As you may know, PlanetSave posts important health stories as well as the popular science, nature, and climate reports we’re usually known for. (In fact, we’re working toward 500 health posts over these few years!) Today we excerpt from Examiner.com some news that follows up our Ebola story and exclusive interview with public health expert Vince Silenzio
West Africa may even reach 1,000 deaths from Ebola this weekend. That’s just a guess, but not a bad guess, considering the Olympic record of this hemorrhagic virus. At the beginning of July nearly 500 people had died from the disease; two weeks later, the numbers had increased by 20%,; and the most recent confirmed figure,
Did you know that a literally breathtaking 90% of all cancer risks associated with air pollution originate from human transportation? Or that bumper-to-bumper traffic makes the air inside your car 10 times as polluted as ordinary city air? To illustrate the health effects of indoor and outdoor air quality degredation, DistanceLearning.com has come up with
Winter brings darkness and poor air quality to Beijing again this year. A viewscreen in Tiananmen Square produces a synthetic sunrise (China Foto Press/Wang Jinghua). On Thursday, a gray murk of smog displaced the dawn in Beijing. This time, China implemented an unusual and futuristic way for citizens to watch the sun come up. Video.
As I just wrote, one should really be thankful for bicyclists when they see them on the street, and for the minuscule amount of funding bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure gets. No matter if you bicycle or not, these bicyclists and the infrastructure that supports them is good for societal/public health. Now, a new tool from the World
An old disease is making a return with a vengeance. New strains of the tuberculosis bacterium are emerging that are resistant to more than one antibiotic drug, These Multidrug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) strains are spreading at an “alarming rate” in Eastern and Western Europe, according to a recent World Health Organization report. The organization is expected to endorse an action plan to stop the spread from becoming a pandemic which could kill tens of thousands and cost billions in treatment. Meanwhile, super-resistant strains of other kinds of microbes seem to be on the rise as well. Two additional examples of these emerging, antibiotic resistant bacteria are presented.
Millions of people in Bangladesh have been poisoned with arsenic, due to well-meaning efforts of international development groups. [social_buttons] Apparently, this is not a new problem or newly acknowledged problem, but a new report out by the British medical journal The Lancet finds that 77 million people in Bangladesh are exposed to arsenic in their