A $1 Pill That Could Save Thousands Of Lives: Research Suggests Cheap Way To Avoid U.N.-Caused Cholera
Researchers say a single U.N. peacekeeper may have introduced cholera to Haiti in 2010, touching off the most explosive cholera epidemic of modern times. New research says future tragedies could be largely avoided if peacekeepers took a $1 antibiotic pill before deployment. The U.N. has so far rejected that idea.
Outbreak Deja Vu: Rumor, Conspiracies, Folklore Link Disease Narratives
"All three pandemics -- H1N1, SARS, AIDS -- were rife with rumors that, though created decades apart, had striking similarities. Every disease had a story claiming a government conspiracy or cover-up. Every disease had a list of sure-fire cures and treatments “they” don’t want you to know about. Every disease had false and inaccurate stories about where it had spread to and who was infected." Now we have Ebola.
Ebola Tipping Point? Dispelling Myths And, Possibly, Less Hysteria Over Virus
Paul Farmer writes: An Ebola diagnosis need not be a death sentence...if patients are promptly diagnosed and receive aggressive supportive care – including fluid resuscitation, electrolyte replacement and blood products – the great majority, as many as 90 per cent, should survive.
The True Cost Of A Mother's Death: Calculating The Toll On Children
The vast majority of these deaths are preventable, and physicians and public health practitioners have long known the tools needed to prevent them. And yet, every 90 seconds a woman dies from maternal causes, most often in a developing country.