UN Meeting Will Address World's Most Deadly Infectious Disease- Text + Audio + Quiz -24 September 2018
"Tuberculosis, also called TB, is the leading infectious disease killer worldwide. WHO officials report that 10 million people were sickened with TB last year. About 1.6 million died from the disease."
Experts Estimate 400 Million People Have Hepatitis - VIDEO - 1 December 2015
"Viral hepatitis infections kill nearly one million people a year. The majority of cases are in Asia and in African countries south of the Sahara.
A vaccine and treatment for some forms of hepatitis are now available. But they can be costly." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Yosemite National Park closes campsite after squirrels die of plague - 15 August 2015
"The 304-site Tuolumne Meadows Campground will be closed from noon Monday until noon Friday so that authorities can treat the area with a flea-killing insecticide. The substance will be sprayed into rodent burrow holes, according to the California Department of Health (CDPH).
Plague is carried by rodents and other animals, and is spread by fleas...
A total of 42 people have contracted plague in California since 1970, resulting in nine deaths. Until this summer, the most recent three cases occurred in 2005 and 2006, with all of those patients recovering."
Diabetes cases soar by 60% in past decade - Article + Videos - 17 August 2015
"he number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade, Diabetes UK warns...
The inability to control the level of sugar in the blood can lead to blindness and amputations and is a massive drain on NHS resources...
Roughly 90% of cases are type 2 diabetes, which is the form closely linked to diet and obesity."
Top 10 Strangest Mental Disorders — TopTenzNet
"Throughout history, mental disorders have been regarded with fear, bias, and ignorance. Though medicine has drastically improved for the mentally ill in the last century, mainstream society still has a relatively uninformed and biased view against individuals with mental disorders.
This is particularly harmful because every year up to ¼ of Americans fit the criteria for being mentally ill." +Text version (YouTube)
TV 'harms back muscles' "Slumping in front of the television or a computer for hours
at a time may damage important back muscles, according to scientists." (BBC)
"Stomach upsets caused by bacteria from dirty computer keyboards...
Many users, they said, are at risk of becoming ill with stomach bugs dubbed “qwerty tummy” after the first six letters on a keyboard. " (schott.blogs.nytimes.com)
Microbes and trolleys at the supermarket
"In 2004 shopping carts were identified as a source of germs and became a major public health concern. This was primarily because of the media spotlight on a Japanese research study indicating a large amount of bacteria was found on shopping carts. This was confirmed in 2007 when the University of Arizona released a study called, "Research Report on Shopping Cart Bacterial Contamination - Dr. Charles P. Gerba". Now sanitary wipes, for cleaning hands and shopping carts, are seen near the entrances of most retailers." (Wikipedia)
DirtLand | Animal Pavilion | Snack Bar | Space Adventure | WaterWorld
"Discover the many worlds of hidden microbes"
over time- requires Shockwave(PBS) "This activity shows how doctors over this century would have
handled the same afflictions.
All you have to do is complain to the doctor, then see how he or she
Farmers urged to cut antibiotic use- Article + Photos + Video - 8 December 2015
"Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says." (BBC)
Nearly 59 Million Americans Lack Health Insurance: CDC- 01September 2011 (huffingtonpost.com)
"A bill passed in March promises to get health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans who currently lack coverage.
But Republicans who just took control of the House of Representatives last week have vowed to derail the new law by cutting off the funds for it..." (Reuters)
US House passes key healthcare reform bill - 22 March 2010
"The US House of Representatives has narrowly voted to pass a landmark healthcare reform bill at the heart of President Barack Obama's agenda."
+ KEY HEALTHCARE REFORMS + US HEALTHCARE AND WORLD COMPARISONS + VIDEOS (BBC)