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​The return of polio in Turkey: Syrian refugees in Istanbul

​The return of polio in Turkey: Syrian refugees in Istanbul | International Health | Scoop.it
Over the past weeks and months, I have often dealt with Turkey's overt and covert involvement in Syria's not-so civil war next door. The country at the moment is home to at least 720,000 Syrian refugees.
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Polio Spreading at Alarming Rates, World Health Organization Declares

Polio Spreading at Alarming Rates, World Health Organization Declares | International Health | Scoop.it
Alarmed by the spread of polio from conflict zones in three continents, the agency on Monday issued a new alert on the disease, a paralyzing virus once thought to be nearly eradicated.
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Local Crowd Attacks Aid Workers at Guinean Ebola Treatment Center

Local Crowd Attacks Aid Workers at Guinean Ebola Treatment Center | International Health | Scoop.it
A crowd of Guineans enraged by an Ebola outbreak that has killed 86 people across the country attacked aid workers at an Ebola treatment center.
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World Briefing: Guinea: Government Bans Bat Soup to Halt Ebola Outbreak

World Briefing: Guinea: Government Bans Bat Soup to Halt Ebola Outbreak | International Health | Scoop.it
The action came after the West African nation’s first Ebola outbreak, which has killed 63 people.
    
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Only by understanding and adapting to indigenous norms can successful epidemiology work in dangerous environments. Former failure to involve anthropologists and medical ethnographers  had resulted in clash of cultures and inability to stop further outbreaks of Ebola. 

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Egypt battling hepatitis C epidemic

Egypt battling hepatitis C epidemic | International Health | Scoop.it

Egypt battling hepatitis C epidemic
After being unemployed for three years, 26-year-old Emad Hassan was offered a job at a local bank on the condition that he take a blood test.

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UK wants you to tweet the color of your vomit

UK wants you to tweet the color of your vomit | International Health | Scoop.it
In order to track norovirus, UK authorities would like people to get as graphic as possible with their unhealthy tweets. Read this article by Chris Matyszczyk on CNET News.
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A Map to Predict the Spread of a Pandemic

A Map to Predict the Spread of a Pandemic | International Health | Scoop.it
By studying how connected different cities are—as opposed to how distant they are—scientists are modeling how a disease outbreak works and predicting where a new one would spread.
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Program to identify Saudi genes and help fight diseases | Arab News — Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more.

Program to identify Saudi genes and help fight diseases | Arab News — Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more. | International Health | Scoop.it

Second Deputy Premier Prince Muqrin launched the Saudi Genome Program at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh on Sunday to find cures for diseases afflicting Saudis. “Around 100,000 genomes will be targeted during a period of five years.” He said researchers would analyze the data to identify Saudi variances in genomes. 

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Innovate or die: what it takes to transform global health

Innovate or die: what it takes to transform global health | International Health | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurs are changing the lives of millions in the developing world, but it is often a lonely and frustrating journey. Ken Banks shares his tips for success for would-be innovators
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Paul Farmer: Investigating the root causes of the global health crisis | TED Blog

Paul Farmer: Investigating the root causes of the global health crisis | TED Blog | International Health | Scoop.it
Co-founder of Partners in Health, Paul Farmer explains why Rishi Manchanda's TEDBook, The Upstreamist Doctors, is compulsory reading...
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A Disease Ecologist and His Discontents - Percolator - The ...

A Disease Ecologist and His Discontents - Percolator - The ... | International Health | Scoop.it
For more than a decade, that idea has been developed by Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. An expert on Lyme disease, Ostfeld has intensively studied the forested landscapes ...
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Few people become environmentalists out of love for the lowly dung beetle and its waste management. But what if nature, at its most diverse, did something wholly unexpected for humanity? Something that appealed beyond the REI set; that touched people who rarely see more greenery than a weedy park. What if, for example, it protected us from disease?

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The drugs don’t work

The drugs don’t work | International Health | Scoop.it
At least he has a good bedside manner IF IT burns when you urinate, then you probably have a urinary-tract infection (UTI). Until recently, a short course of oral...
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Cost of alcohol credited for drop in serious violence in England and Wales

Cost of alcohol credited for drop in serious violence in England and Wales | International Health | Scoop.it
Fewer people sought A&E treatment as a result of violence last year, study finds, and fall in binge drinking may be a reason
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Google Flu Trends' Failure Shows Good Data > Big Data

Google Flu Trends' Failure Shows Good Data > Big Data | International Health | Scoop.it
Bad data is bad data, even if there's a lot of it. That's where OCCAM comes in.
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Where Does Human Plague Still Persist in Latin America?

Where Does Human Plague Still Persist in Latin America? | International Health | Scoop.it
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases is an open-access journal publishing peer-reviewed research on the world\'s most neglected tropical diseases, such as elephantiasis, river blindness, leprosy, hookworm, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness...
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Research Sheds New Light On Heritability of Disease - Science Daily (press release)

Research Sheds New Light On Heritability of Disease - Science Daily (press release) | International Health | Scoop.it
Research Sheds New Light On Heritability of Disease Science Daily (press release) The study integrated computational methodology with experimentation to address and prove underlying genetic causes of type 2 diabetes.
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Getting close and personal

Getting close and personal | International Health | Scoop.it
“THERE is no treatment.” This is the conclusion of an Egyptian papyrus, written around 3000BC, that is the oldest known description of the scourge that is now...
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Vietnam fears stronger virus strains amid bird flu resurgence - Thanh Nien Daily

Vietnam fears stronger virus strains amid bird flu resurgence - Thanh Nien Daily | International Health | Scoop.it
Thanh Nien Daily Vietnam fears stronger virus strains amid bird flu resurgence Thanh Nien Daily The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu announced bird flu outbreak on a herd of more than 1,500 ducks Wednesday, fueling fears that new strains of the...
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Threatwatch: Chikungunya virus spreads in the Americas - New Scientist

Threatwatch: Chikungunya virus spreads in the Americas - New Scientist | International Health | Scoop.it
Threatwatch: Chikungunya virus spreads in the Americas
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It is the first time the mosquito-borne virus is known to have spread in the Americas. Eight years ago it spread beyond Africa, where it originated, to Eurasia .
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Measles Cases Triple in U.S., Vaccine Refusal Here and Elsewhere to Blame - Wired Science

Measles Cases Triple in U.S., Vaccine Refusal Here and Elsewhere to Blame - Wired Science | International Health | Scoop.it
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Researchers at University of Pittsburg create digital database of infectious diseases - The Washington Post

The University of Pittsburgh project details cases dating back 125 years and could help fight diseases.
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Modern humans are still carrying Neanderthal viruses

Modern humans are still carrying Neanderthal viruses | International Health | Scoop.it
Neanderthals and Denisovans may be long gone, but their viruses continue to live on inside our bodies. The geneticists who discovered these ancient viruses aren't sure if they're bad for us, but they could make us more susceptible to certain cancers.
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