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Family Planning: An Effective Approach to Cost Containment

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
Family Planning: An Effective Approach to Cost Containment

Vishal Arora Health Policy Columnist This past week, there were mixed reactions regarding recent data from the United Nations numbering the world population at 7 billion.[1]  Some might welcome this announcement as evidence of advancing healthcare technologies and the provision of essential medicines worldwide.  On the other hand, this sharp increase in population size sheds […]

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Is HPV Vaccination Worth the Cost?

| November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments
Is HPV Vaccination Worth the Cost?

The development of vaccination was a significant step forward in the prevention of infectious diseases. However, implementing vaccination in the developing world has proven to be a challenge, largely due to financial costs and administrative burdens. Thus the introduction of several new vaccines is now being accompanied by a critical assessment of the practical barriers to […]

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A Mosaic of Challenges and Hopes: Humans at the 7 Billion Mark

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Mosaic of Challenges and Hopes: Humans at the 7 Billion Mark

  By Carlos Schmidt Aid & Development Columnist According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report on the State of the World Population 2011, human population surpassed the seven billion mark this past October.[1] Although some consider it a crowning achievement of human reproductive success, more people equate it to more challenges in food […]

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Technology in the Time of Cholera, Part II: Using Technology to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent Cholera in Haiti

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
Technology in the Time of Cholera, Part II: Using Technology to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent Cholera in Haiti

By Joy Ming Global Health and Technology Online Columnist This second segment of a two-part series focuses on the recent use of water purification techniques to control and prevent future outbreaks. The earthquake that devastated Haiti two years ago left a trail of destruction that is still visible today.[1] One path of residue is the […]

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An Exercise in Economics: Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Developing World

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
An Exercise in Economics: Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Developing World

Mortality from cervical cancer highlights the striking global disparities in access to healthcare. The second most common cancer among women worldwide, cervical cancer causes 274,000 deaths each year with more than 80% of these deaths occurring in developing countries. Recently, a safe and effective vaccine has been developed for the cancer-causing serotypes of the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV) – the cause of 70% of cervical cancer.

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Using Mobile Phone Networks to Combat Infant HIV

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
Using Mobile Phone Networks to Combat Infant HIV

By Cameron Johnstone Maternal & Child Health Columnist Mobile phones hold great promise for aiding global health interventions. According to a World Health Organization research report, with the number of worldwide mobile phone plans approaching five billion, “the use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives (mHealth) has the potential […]

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DNA Vaccines: Scientific and Ethical Barriers to the Vaccines of the Future

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
DNA Vaccines: Scientific and Ethical Barriers to the Vaccines of the Future

As flu season rolls around once more, DNA vaccines have regained attention in scientific debates. However, the development of a universal flu vaccine has stalled due to a number of concerns including the efficacy, safety, and ethics of conducting clinical trials in developing countries.

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Vaccination Education: Increasing Vaccination Rates through Accurate Information and Primary Care

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
Vaccination Education: Increasing Vaccination Rates through Accurate Information and Primary Care

By Andrew Lea Infectious Disease Columnist In early October, Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachman raised eyebrows after asserting that a “little girl suffered from mental retardation” after “a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous [HPV vaccine].”[1] Although health experts were quick to criticize this point as false rhetoric, Bachmann’s mistrust in vaccinations reflects a larger […]

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Celebrity and Stigma: Exploring Brandon Marshall as a Mental Health Advocate

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
Celebrity and Stigma: Exploring Brandon Marshall as a Mental Health Advocate

This second segment of a two-part series focuses on defining a mental health advocate who can quell the stigma associated with mental illness. Read the first segment here.  The dire need for a stigma-defying mental health advocate is especially critical given that individuals with such illnesses continue to struggle with pursuing and obtaining proper psychiatric […]

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The Only Animal Disease to be Eradicated: A Critical Exploration of Rinderpest and Our Future with Diseases

| October 25, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Only Animal Disease to be Eradicated: A Critical Exploration of Rinderpest and Our Future with Diseases

Disease eradication used to be a somewhat far-fetched idea even after the 1980 eradication of smallpox. It seemed like a one-time nonreplicable incident, simply a historic medical feat. The complicated politics surrounding disease eradication—enforcing water hygiene, reducing stigmatization, establishing a viable healthcare infrastructure system—continue to seem too overwhelming to resolve. Yet, recent events in the […]

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