Global One Health

By Wondwossen Gebreyes | Filtered information on health issues at the interface of human, animal, plants and the environment. Innovative approaches, capacity building and research findings at the global scale are highlighted.

Recent Hurricanes Highlight Toxic Chemical Releases in Vulnerable Communities

Last year was the most destructive hurricane season in recent years, bringing devastation and heartache to people living in parts of the Caribbean …

Hurricane Harvey

CDC to Scale Back Work in Dozens of Foreign Countries Amid Funding Worries

Efforts to prevent infectious-disease epidemics and other health threats were funded mostly through a five-year supplemental package<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to scale back or discontinue its work to prevent infectious-disease epidemics and other health threats in 39 …

Public Health

Iran’s environmental body takes unprecedented step in fight against plastic pollution

TEHRAN — In a bid for public engagement Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) has banned bottled water at the DOE offices and all other …

Recycling
PubMed

Brazil declares yellow fever emergency in Minas Gerais

<b>Brazil's south-eastern state of Minas Gerais has declared a public health emergency following a deadly outbreak of yellow fever.</b><p>At least 15 people have died there since December. Many areas, including the state capital Belo Horizonte, have been affected.<p>A mass vaccination programme is in place in …

Viruses

RSVP - The History of the AIDS Response: Lessons for Global Health

Persian shallot 'could help fight TB antibiotic resistance'

<b>A type of onion could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested.</b><p>Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase the effects of existing antibiotic treatment.<p>They said this could help "reverse the …

Medicine

Ohio State ranked among top 20 institutions for international student enrollment

Ohio State Office of International Affairs in the Enarson Classroom Building. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State is ranked among the …

Big Ten

Malaria stalks Yemen amid collapsing health system

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After enduring three years of war, hunger and disease, Yemenis could now be at heightened risk of catching malaria due to a collapsing health care system, aid agencies said on Thursday.<p>The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that malaria cases rose in …

Malaria

If we want to improve global health, we need to tax the things that are killing us

The world is going through a huge health transition, where the problems of the 6 billion people who live in emerging markets are increasingly the problems of the 1 billion people who live in rich countries. For the first time in history, more people suffer from eating too many calories than too …

Economics

6-year-old boy infected with rabies has died

A 6-year-old Florida boy fighting rabies has died, his father said Sunday.<p>Ryker Roque was being kept under anesthesia in an Orlando hospital in a desperate bid to save him from the deadliest virus there is.<p>The family was trying an experimental technique called the Milwaukee protocol, which has …

Disease

French salmonella baby milk scandal 'affects 83 countries'

<b>More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk in 83 countries have now been recalled because of a salmonella scandal involving French dairy company Lactalis.</b><p>The firm's CEO confirmed the extent of the contamination risk to French media.<p>The products have been subject to a recall since December, …

Salmonella

Avoid Monkeys in Florida Because They Could Give You Killer Herpes

As many as 30 percent of feral rhesus macaque monkeys living in and outside of Florida state parks are infected with a strain of herpes that’s …

Public Health

21-year-old fitness buff's death from flu shows risks, need for vaccination

The flu-related death of a 21-year-old fitness buff from Pennsylvania is a chilling reminder that the virus can kill anyone.<p>Kyler Baughman had a runny nose and a slight cough when he first went to visit his family for the holidays.<p>"We saw him the 23rd for our family Christmas get-together and we …

Public Health

E. Coli Deaths Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Officials Say

At least two people were killed and dozens sickened by E. coli outbreaks in Canada and the United States that the authorities in Canada have linked to romaine lettuce.<p>Health officials in the United States are not yet ready to blame the American outbreak to the leafy green. Still, they say, the …

Public Health

3 more flu-related deaths reported in Dallas County

Three more flu-related deaths were announced Thursday bringing the total to nine for the season in Dallas County.<p>The seventh patient was a …

Public Health

As Zika fades from public consciousness, scientists continue to pursue the virus

While the Zika virus mostly faded from the public’s consciousness last year, it’s still a hot topic among scientists — and for good reasons.<p>After Zika emerged in the Western Hemisphere, it shook the Americas as reports of infections and devastating birth defects swept through Brazil and Colombia, …

Viruses

Anthrax antibodies in defector raises fears North Korea is developing chemical weapons

The reported discovery of anthrax antibodies in a North Korean defector is renewing fears that the regime of Kim Jong Un is developing lethal biological weapons in violation of international law.<p>A South Korean intelligence officer told that nation's Channel A television that one of at least four …

North Korea

Best of 2017: The virus in the cupboard

Each of us is host to hundreds or thousands of kinds of viruses, which come in an almost infinite variety of shapes. Some of your viruses are just …

Viruses

Yemen cholera cases reach one million - ICRC

<b>The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has reached one million, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says.</b><p>At least 2,226 people are believed to have died of the disease since April, although the number of new cases has declined for 14 consecutive weeks.<p>The ICRC said the …

There's a new Ebola epidemic facing African nations: This one involves corruption

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article misidentified the Red Cross organization involved in corrupt activities.</i><p>FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Barely two years after West African nations defeated a deadly Ebola scourge, they are confronting a new epidemic: corruption.<p>In October, …

Disease

Thailand battles drug-resistant malaria strains that imperil global campaign

The latest drug-resistant form of malaria emerged in Cambodia before spreading to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam<p>* Drug-resistant strains emerge in …

Dubai opens $10 million camel hospital

A new hospital in Dubai is entirely dedicated to treating camels.<p>The Dubai Camel Hospital opened last week and cost 40 million dirhams ($10.9 million). According to its director, Mohamed Al Bulooshi, the facility is the first of its kind in the world.<p>“We found that we must care for camels not only …

More than 200 stricken by stomach virus on Royal Caribbean cruise

Royal Caribbean said Saturday that 220 people on board one of its Caribbean cruise ships fell ill with a stomach virus during its voyage.<p>A passenger told WSVN that people began to show symptoms on Wednesday, two days after the Independence of the Seas departed Port Everglades, Fla.<p>Royal Caribbean …

Researchers use sperm to deliver cancer drugs to tumors

Chemotherapy has a lot of terrible side effects and that's partly because the drugs being used to fight cancer also attack healthy cells. Figuring out a way to deliver drugs to tumors without affecting healthy tissue is a challenge and a problem that researchers are trying to solve. One group …

Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

It's a typical hectic morning at Michele Comisky's house in Vienna, Va., when she gets a knock on her front door.<p>"Hi, how are you?" Comisky says as she greets Keisha Herbin Smith, a research assistant at Georgetown University. "Come on in."<p>Comisky, 39, leads Herbin Smith into her kitchen.<p>"Which one …

This Year's Flu Shot Is Not as Effective Against One of The Worst Strains, But You Should Still Get It

Here's what you need to know.<p>This year's flu vaccine may not be as effective at protecting people against one of the most common, nasty strains of …

Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet

The last great hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change may lie in a substance so commonplace that we typically ignore it or else walk all over it: the soil beneath our feet.<p>The earth possesses five major pools of carbon. Of those pools, the atmosphere is already overloaded with the stuff; the …