Global Health
1 Polio is a proxy for chaos

The polio virus, as it is frustratingly inclined to do, has rebounded again despite the ongoing, determined effort aimed at worldwide eradication. Like the game whack-a-mole, polio is popping up again in locations that we thought had gotten rid of it for good – like Israel or eastern Europe.

Global Health
1 Endangered species: Guinea worm

A flurry of reports lately have celebrated the potential end of one of the world’s most horrific human parasites, the Guinea worm. Here’s the latest such from The Guardian: Guinea worm disease is reaching the end of its days. The parasitic infection, which has sickened millions, mostly in Asia and…

Global Health
0 A(nother) polio emergency, perhaps the final one

The world is close to eradicating polio but this infectious disease has a tendency — like the whack-a-mole game — to pop up just when you think you’ve got it put down. The polio eradication campaign has been quite successful, getting rid of endemic polio in all but three countries:…

1 The Dilemma in the Gates Foundation’s Malaria Mission

The Seattle Times’ science reporter Sandi Doughton today provides an excellent, detailed description of the Gates Foundation’s strategy for fighting malaria. Malaria hovers over AfricaFlickr, by ACJ1 Basically, it’s a do-or-die strategy — which is what has some malaria experts elated and others worried. As the Times’ headline says, Bill…