All articles related to "epidemics":

Predicting global health threats for 2016

Which diseases might plague the world in 2016? Experts say that relatively unheard-of diseases could emerge, such as the Zika virus, which may already be causing birth defects in Brazil and French Polynesia. Or known threats such as…

Stopping tuberculosis requires new strategy

Past decades’ reliance on biomedical solutions has not worked; ‘biosocial’ approach needed For immediate release: October 26, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Unless there is a major shift in the way the world fights tuberculosis—from a reliance on biomedical…

Overcoming the opioid crisis

In response to opioid abuse that has skyrocketed in the U.S. in recent years, communities, clinicians, state and local leaders, and federal officials have been working on several fronts to stem the crisis—but there’s still much more to…

Dealing with parents’ mistrust of vaccines

As the Disneyland measles outbreak continues to make headlines and fuel public debate, health professionals seek more effective ways to convince parents who mistrust vaccines to get their children vaccinated, according to Barry R. Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished…

A cross-disciplinary approach to eradicating malaria

December 17, 2014 –There is an arsenal of cost-effective tools available to combat malaria but getting people to adhere to treatment regimens can be challenging, said Jessica Cohen, assistant professor of global health, at a symposium focused on…

Simple preventive measures may help stem Ebola

December 5, 2014 – The rush to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in the last few months has generated years’ worth of new information about the previously little understood infectious disease, including simple but effective prevention…

Base Ebola quarantine policies on science

Quarantining health care workers returning to the U.S. after caring for Ebola patients in West Africa isn’t a science-based strategy, according to Ashish Jha of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Doing so, in fact, could dissuade these…

Investing in health systems may stem Ebola outbreak

A broad humanitarian response that includes investments in health care staff, medical resources, and health systems is more likely to be effective in halting the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and creating sustainable models for responding to…