Author Archives: Sara Gorman

Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors


Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More

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Want to end AIDS by 2030? Engage the private sector


In July 2014, UNAIDS released a report suggesting that the end of AIDS is in sight. The report boldly proposed that AIDS could be eliminated Read More

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Does Fear-Based Messaging Help Public Health Campaigns?


A recent, well-publicized paper in Pediatrics cast considerable doubt on a tool public health practitioners value highly: informational messaging campaigns. The paper, based on a Read More

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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 Read More

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


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 Read More

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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 Read More

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


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 Read More

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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. Read More

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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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