Jason Beaubien http://www.kplu.org en As Death Count Rises, Health Officials Work To Stem Ebola's Spread http://www.kplu.org/post/death-count-rises-health-officials-work-stem-ebolas-spread The World Health Organization is reporting that the Ebola virus has yet to be contained in West Africa. It's one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in decades — with over 500 cases, some 330 of which ended in death. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:20:33 +0000 Jason Beaubien 17243 at http://www.kplu.org CIA Announces Plans To End Fake Vaccination Programs http://www.kplu.org/post/cia-announces-plans-end-fake-vaccination-programs The White House announced that the CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to further its spy operations. The decision comes after leaders from U.S. public health schools brought the practice to light. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 20 May 2014 22:18:32 +0000 Jason Beaubien 16717 at http://www.kplu.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus http://www.kplu.org/post/how-us-hospitals-are-planning-stop-deadly-mers-virus In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.<p>Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/12/311879323/deadly-mers-virus-detected-in-florida">Florida</a>. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. Wed, 14 May 2014 23:03:04 +0000 Jason Beaubien 16573 at http://www.kplu.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus Gene Sequencing Could One Day Make Malaria Easier To Treat http://www.kplu.org/post/new-lab-technique-could-one-day-make-malaria-easier-treat Malaria has proved one of the hardest diseases on the planet to treat. The World Health Organization estimates there are nearly 200 million cases each year, and the parasitic infection is blamed for some 700,000 deaths annually.<p>One reason malaria may be so difficult to treat is that different types of malaria parasites can be streaming through the victim's body at the same time. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:25:38 +0000 Jason Beaubien 16534 at http://www.kplu.org Gene Sequencing Could One Day Make Malaria Easier To Treat The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency http://www.kplu.org/post/comeback-polio-public-health-emergency It is, says the World Health Organization, "an extraordinary event." Polio is spreading to a degree that constitutes a public health emergency.<p>The global drive to wipe out the virus had driven the number of polio cases down from 300,000 in the late 1980s to just 417 cases last year. The World Health Organization has set a goal of wiping out polio by 2018.<p>But this year, polio has been reported in 10 countries, and there are fears the number could rise. Mon, 05 May 2014 23:19:06 +0000 Jason Beaubien 16417 at http://www.kplu.org The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus http://www.kplu.org/post/why-us-worried-about-deadly-middle-eastern-virus <em><strong>UPDATE at 4:17 p.m. Friday:</strong> Saudi Arabia has confirmed 313 cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including 92 deaths, the Ministry of Health <a href="http://www.moh.gov.sa/CoronaNew/PressReleases/Pages/mediastatemenet-2014-04-25-001.aspx">said</a> Friday. Of note, one of the 14 new patients caught the virus while working as a hospital receptionist.</em><p>The latest medical acronym to fear is MERS: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:29:29 +0000 Jason Beaubien 16266 at http://www.kplu.org Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving http://www.kplu.org/post/sharp-rise-mers-cases-may-mean-virus-evolving There's growing concern that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome may have entered a new phase in the way it's spreading in Saudi Arabia.<p>The country has reported a sharp uptick in <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/faq.html">MERS</a> cases over the past week. Since the deadly respiratory virus was first detected in September 2012, a total of 244 cases have been found in Saudi Arabia. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:18:11 +0000 Jason Beaubien 16203 at http://www.kplu.org Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift http://www.kplu.org/post/global-aid-health-hits-record-high-though-total-aid-dipping International development aid has hit an all-time high, despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets. As patterns of international assistance shift, an increasing amount of money is being invested in improving health in the developing world.<p>Donors from wealthy nations, aid groups, U.N. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:10:23 +0000 Jason Beaubien 15780 at http://www.kplu.org Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs http://www.kplu.org/post/save-her-husbands-life-woman-fights-access-tb-drugs One year ago Pavel Rucsineanu was running out of options.<p>Drug-resistant tuberculosis was ravaging his lungs. And the disease had evolved into an incurable form, doctors said.<p>It's like an "infectious cancer," Dr. Tetru Alexandriuc <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/03/186072305/love-in-the-time-of-tb-a-young-family-fights-an-ancient-foe">said</a> at the time. "We have no other medicines" to treat Pavel, the doctor added. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:30:19 +0000 Jason Beaubien 15049 at http://www.kplu.org To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat http://www.kplu.org/post/stopping-microbes-not-missiles-us-plans-next-global-threat Spot the next plague before it arrives. Predict the next swine flu outbreak before it makes headlines. Even detect a biological weapon before it's launched.<p>These are the goals of an ambitious initiative, launched Thursday, to build a worldwide surveillance system for infectious diseases.<p>Spearheaded by the U.S. government, the <a href="http://www.globalhealth.gov/global-health-topics/global-health-security/index.html">Global Health Security Agenda</a> brings together 26 countries, the World Health Organization and several other international group. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:49:58 +0000 Jason Beaubien 13631 at http://www.kplu.org Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide http://www.kplu.org/post/global-cancer-cases-rising-alarming-rate-worldwide As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.<p>There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization <a href="http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2014/pdfs/pr224_E.pdf">reported</a> Monday. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:12:21 +0000 Jason Beaubien 13248 at http://www.kplu.org Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe http://www.kplu.org/post/access-toilets-and-books-improves-life-kids-across-globe The world is in the midst of a porcelain revolution.<p>Nearly 2 billion people have gained access to clean toilets, or at least a decent outhouse, since 1990, the nonprofit UNICEF <a href="http://www.unicef.org/sowc2014/numbers/">reports</a> Thursday.<p>That rise in sanitation <a href="http://www.who.int/topics/sanitation/en/">has led</a> to big health improvements, the agency says, because contaminated drinking water is still a major cause of disease and death for children.<p>But toilets aren't only the reason the world is becoming a better place for kids. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:12:44 +0000 Jason Beaubien 13039 at http://www.kplu.org Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries http://www.kplu.org/post/overweight-people-developing-world-outnumber-those-rich-countries People are getting fatter around the world. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:14:22 +0000 Jason Beaubien 12236 at http://www.kplu.org Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia http://www.kplu.org/post/simple-cheap-health-remedies-cut-child-mortality-ethiopia Poor countries are starting to realize something that richer ones sometimes forget: Basic, inexpensive measures can have dramatic impacts on the health of a country. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:31:12 +0000 Jason Beaubien 12192 at http://www.kplu.org Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013 http://www.kplu.org/post/they-shot-zero-couldnt-squash-polio-2013 <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind numbers, ranging from zero to 1 trillion. </em><p>The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world during one year was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number.<p>But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:58:14 +0000 Jason Beaubien 11725 at http://www.kplu.org They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013