Author Archives: Sara Gorman

What Do We Really Know About Social Resistance to Vaccines?

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Sara Gorman explores some of the factors behind anti-vaccination movements.  Image credit: RIBI Image Library at Flickr Last year, polio eradication efforts were severely compromised by a rash of killings by militants in Pakistan and Nigeria. Between December 2012 and January 2013, at least 16 polio workers were killed in Pakistan. In early February, more bad news arrived: 9 health workers were murdered in northern Nigeria while working on the polio eradication campaign. Potential explanations and suggestions for future action poured out following the attacks.

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The impact of food price spikes

As we discussed in a previous post, several causes led to a massive spike in food prices internationally in 2008 and again a few years…

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Now we know why old scizophrenia medicine works on antibiotics-resistant bacteria

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In 2008 researchers from the University of Southern Denmark showed that the drug thioridazine, which has previously been used to treat schizophrenia, is also a…

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Number of abused U.S. children unchanged since 2008

The number of U.S. children who were exposed to violence, crime and abuse in 2011 was essentially unchanged from 2008, according to a new government…

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Even After Overhaul, Gaps In Coverage For Young, Pregnant Women

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The federal health care overhaul makes some notable improvements in insurance coverage for young adults. They can now stay on their parents’ health plans until…

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WHO Issues Warning Over SARS-Like Virus

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A new coronavirus that has killed 18 people since last year could be passed between people in close contact, according to the World Health Organization….

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UN: Billions Still Will Lack Sanitation by 2015

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By 2015, almost one-third of the global population will remain without access to improved sanitation – which is U.N.-speak for hygienic toilet facilities. That would…

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New test for H7N9 bird flu in China may help slow outbreak, prevent pandemic

Breaking research appearing online today in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, demonstrates that a recently developed diagnostic test can detect the new strain of…

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Uganda launches largest malaria prevention campaign

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SOROTI, Uganda – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that it is supporting Uganda in the distribution of over 15.5 million…

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PLOS Medicine: Grand Challenges: Integrating Maternal Mental Health into Maternal and Child Health Programmes

Over the last decade, a number of influential organisations have called for the integration of mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders into large scale…

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Birthing centers provide equal or better deliveries, study shows

Low-income women who chose to deliver their baby at a birthing center under the care of a certified nurse-midwife had the same or better birthing…

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Enhanced motion perception in autism may point to an underlying cause of the disorder

Children with autism see simple movement twice as quickly as other children their age, and this hypersensitivity to motion may provide clues to a fundamental…

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Peru Tries to Close Legal Loophole for Pollution Fines

Peru is trying to quash the ability of companies to avoid paying environmental fines by lodging judicial appeals that linger for years, part of a…

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Anti-depressant link to Clostridium difficile infection

Certain types of anti-depressants have been linked to an increase in the risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) finds a study in BioMed Central’s open…

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