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Could polio soon meet the same end as smallpox?

Despite the recent murders of 16 health workers associated with anti-polio efforts in Pakistan, eradication of the disease appears "tantalizingly close," writes Jeffrey Kluger. "Just 25 years ago, polio was endemic to 125 countries and would paralyze or kill up to 350,000 people -- the overwhelming majority of them children -- each year. Now the disease has been run to ground in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, and in 2012, it struck only 215 people worldwide," Kluger writes. Time.com (1/3), Time.com/LightBox (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story



Ban Ki-moon & envoy voice sorrow & offer aid in wake of deadly stampede in Cote d'Ivoire http://j.mp/VjoCQp"

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"The US Food and Drug Administration has now given fast track approval to the drug to treat MDR-TB. MDR-TB is among the most frightening diseases on the planet -- and can be very, very expensive to treat."

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  • Malaria resistance in Asia stokes fears for Africa
    In Thailand, growing resistance to the most effective treatment for malaria could portend "a global 'nightmare' in which millions of people could lose their lives," writes Ian Williams. Resistance was first detected along the Thailand-Cambodia border. "We have to beat this resistance, win this race and eliminate the parasite before it's too late. That's our challenge now," said Dr. Francois Nosten of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit at Thailand's Mahidol University. NBC News/World News blog (1/1), ThinkProgress.org (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • UNICEF spotlights "underreported" news stories from 2012
    UNICEF Canada has released a list of the top 10 "underreported child survival stories" from 2012, including gains in drowning prevention in Asia and treatment of meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa. "Generally, we tend to focus on politics and on the political movings and shakings of the world. But the reality is: these are the stories of the majority of the people of the world," said Meg French, director of international programs at UNICEF Canada. CTV.ca (Canada) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Would "Green Gold" earn enough for miners?
    Activists in Colombia are leading a drive for more responsible small-scale gold mining, which typically uses mercury and pollutes the landscape. The "Green Gold" practice uses leaves from balsa trees instead of mercury; it takes longer, but preserves the environment without presenting health risks. PRI's The World (Boston) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Nigerians at risk amid guerrilla war
    Nigerians living in the northeastern town of Maiduguri say they are "trapped in between the Boko Haram and the security forces," according to activist Hauwa Yerima. The actions of government forces are putting at risk local support, says Muhammad Abdullahi, provincial director of religious affairs. The Washington Post (12/30), Reuters (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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