Category Archives: Global Health


An “Epidemic Within an Outbreak:” The Mental Health Consequences of Infectious Disease Epidemics

  Most infectious disease epidemics target the body, and thus epidemic response focuses on preventing the spread of infection and attempting to heal those who have become ill. However, even where pathogenesis disregards the brain, an epidemic can still sicken the mind. A silent epidemic of mental illness often accompanies outbreaks of infectious disease. Here […]

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Celebrating 10 years of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

This post was written by Sam Byfield, a Senior Policy Advisor (LiveLighter) at the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Western Australia), and an Associate of the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. For questions regarding this post please contact sambyfield@gmail.com. On 27 February, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will celebrate […]

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How many scientists and lawyers does it take to regulate a cigarette package?

This week, we have seen yet another example of tobacco industry intimidation tactics being used to stop a government from enacting laws that will save lives and protect the public health. The Irish government announced that it is introducing plain packaging legislation, following through on its goal of becoming the first country in the European […]

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Update on Trends in Policy Reform

Physician-assisted suicide is back in the news this month. On February 4th, a group of doctors and terminally ill patients filed a lawsuit asking a court to legalize aid in dying to terminally ill patients in the state of New York. On February 6th, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on physician-assisted suicide for […]

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Five observations on the Ebola Special Session Resolution

The Executive Board of the World Health Organization recently finished its special session on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and its 136th regular session. Significantly, the Executive Board adopted a resolution, EBSS3.R1 (Ebola Resolution), during the special session. This Resolution makes significant pronouncements and calls for a broad range of actions. However, a […]

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Ebola, Darfur, and Sustaining Our Focus

You thought all was taken care of with Ebola, that the epidemic in West Africa was coming to an end. That’s what has been in our newspapers, the Ebola headlines when we still see them. And looking across the three countries, it is true. Cases in Liberia have plummeted from their heights. More recently, cases […]

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Measles: Where “to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate” Is Not the Question

Soon after the measles outbreak originating in Disneyland became widely publicized in the media, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a “commentary” titled: “I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back.” Yes, The Onion’s content is meant to be humorous and, as Wikipedia describes it, “surreal […]

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Composing Perception in Painting and Prose: A Virtual Gallery

Yesterday the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched an exhibit called The Art of Saving a Life. In collaboration with more than 30 artists, including photographer Annie Leibovitz, and writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the exhibition addresses perceptions about vaccinations through various art forms. Visual artist Vik Muniz in Behind the Scenes explained, “scientists are trying […]

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Death Slipped into Omnibus Spending Bill, a UN Proposal for a Different Future, and the Work Ahead

Few coroners are likely to put “homelessness” as the cause of death. It is too bad, because we could use that level of honesty. The omnibus appropriations bill that Congress passed last month to fund federal government operations and programs through the rest of the 2015 fiscal year (through September 2015) largely left out the […]

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“Participation” means “hands-on”: UK Supreme Court Further Defines Who Can Conscientiously Object in the Context of Abortion

Just two days ago, on December 17, 2014, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court ruled that two Catholic midwives did not have the right to conscientiously object to performing their supervisory duties in cases of abortion. As with many reproductive rights issues, the issue of conscientious objection in the context of abortion is highly polarizing. However, […]

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