Category Archives: Global Health


Learning from the CDC’s Biosafety Breaches

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come under fire this past month for a series of biosafety problems reported by the country’s top government labs. Last week, the CDC released a report reviewing an incident that occurred in early June that involved the unintentional exposure of CDC personnel to potentially viable […]

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6 THINGS THE US GOVERNMENT CAN AND SHOULD DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]

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Public health in our backyard: How would DC rank if it were a country?

Those of us who work in global health too often forget about the burden of disease much closer to home. In an attempt to remind us of our own public health crises, this post will examine the public health landscape of the District of Columbia (home of the O’Neill Institute), asking the question: how would DC rank […]

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The 2014 World Cup: Scoring a goal for public health?

Beginning today, Brazil will play host to the world’s most-watched sporting event, the football World Cup. 3.7 million Brazilian and foreign tourists are expected to travel throughout Brazil during the World Cup, and nearly half the world’s population is anticipated to tune in for the tournament. Some effects are intuitive: worker productivity plummets, while hungry (and […]

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7 things YOU can and SHOULD do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs

 The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant. Here is a hypothetical illustration. Mr. X. has a sore throat. He buys some […]

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Bolivian Zebras for Road Safety: Saving Lives One Stripe at a Time

Early one morning, as I walked the streets of La Paz, Bolivia, last week, I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into a pack of zebras crossing the street right in front of me. Zebras in Bolivia, you say? Well, not quite. As in turns out, what are known as Las Cebras de La Paz […]

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A massacre, health, democracy, and the unity of rights

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. How many hundreds or thousands died at Tiananmen Square, surrounding areas, and other cities in China? It is said we will never know. But I think we can say this: The number of people the Chinese government killed the night of June 3 through June […]

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The CIA’s Deadly Ruse: Murdered Health Workers and the Return of Polio

In early 2011, a CIA-recruited Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, entered Osama Bin Laden’s compound posing as a Hepatitis B vaccination worker. His real intention was to gather samples of the Bin Laden family’s DNA to aid the CIA in locating the Al Qaeda leader. Although Dr. Afridi was apparently unsuccessful, the CIA’s actions would have […]

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The ACA: Towards “A State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being”

“Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius in representation of the Americas before the World Health Assembly in May 2013. She then added, “[a]s President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some […]

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A nutritionist named Coca-Cola

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by POM Wonderful  gainst Coca-Cola, alleging fraudulent and deceptive advertising of Coca-Cola’s Pomegranate-Blueberry juice. The legal question centered on whether a private party can bring a lawsuit for misleading advertising if a label is compliant with regulations established by a federal agency, here the […]

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