Jason Beaubien http://wkms.org en Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients http://wkms.org/post/facility-sets-extreme-precautions-treat-ebola-patients Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath. The worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded continues to spread in West Africa. And medical workers in Sierra Leone have responded by expanding an extraordinary field hospital. It opened less than a month ago, but it now has the largest Ebola isolation unit ever built, with 64 beds. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 42234 at http://wkms.org Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa http://wkms.org/post/ebola-wreaks-economic-woe-west-africa In eastern Sierra Leone, health officials have set up the world's largest treatment for the Ebola virus. It's getting new patients every day, in an outbreak that's killed over 600 people in West Africa. Businesses in the area are suffering, and people are finding it difficult to earn a living. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 42172 at http://wkms.org Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa Second Surge Of Ebola Strikes West Africa http://wkms.org/post/second-surge-ebola-strikes-west-africa Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>An Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now the largest and most deadly outbreak of that virus ever recorded. The first cases were confirmed in Guinea in March. Health officials thought they had a handle on this. They did not. A rash of new cases popped up in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. So we're going to talk about this with NPR's Jason Beaubien, who's been following the story. Hi, Jason.<p>JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>INSKEEP: What's going on?<p>BEAUBIEN: Basically it looked like this outbreak was going to be like other outbreaks. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 41588 at http://wkms.org As Death Count Rises, Health Officials Work To Stem Ebola's Spread http://wkms.org/post/death-count-rises-health-officials-work-stem-ebolas-spread The World Health Organization is reporting that the Ebola virus has yet to be contained in West Africa. It's one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in decades — with over 500 cases, some 330 of which ended in death. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 41388 at http://wkms.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm http://wkms.org/post/thriving-towns-east-africa-are-good-news-parasitic-worm People trying to grow food and support their families on the shores of Lake Malawi are not only causing serious environmental problems, they're also causing a surge in a debilitating disease.<p>Thriving towns along the lake are changing the ecosystem in ways that are allowing a parasitic worm to flourish, researchers <a href="http://www.cell.com/trends/parasitology/abstract/S1471-4922(14)00038-5">reported</a> last week in the journal <em>Trends in Parasitology</em>.<p>The intestinal disease, called <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/schistosomiasis/">schistosomiasis</a>, won't kill you, but Wed, 28 May 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 40897 at http://wkms.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus http://wkms.org/post/how-us-hospitals-are-planning-stop-deadly-mers-virus In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.<p>Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/12/311879323/deadly-mers-virus-detected-in-florida">Florida</a>. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 40566 at http://wkms.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency http://wkms.org/post/comeback-polio-public-health-emergency It is, says the World Health Organization, "an extraordinary event." Polio is spreading to a degree that constitutes a public health emergency.<p>The global drive to wipe out the virus had driven the number of polio cases down from 300,000 in the late 1980s to just 417 cases last year. The World Health Organization has set a goal of wiping out polio by 2018.<p>But this year, polio has been reported in 10 countries, and there are fears the number could rise. Mon, 05 May 2014 22:47:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 40353 at http://wkms.org The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat http://wkms.org/post/stopping-microbes-not-missiles-us-plans-next-global-threat Spot the next plague before it arrives. Predict the next swine flu outbreak before it makes headlines. Even detect a biological weapon before it's launched.<p>These are the goals of an ambitious initiative, launched Thursday, to build a worldwide surveillance system for infectious diseases.<p>Spearheaded by the U.S. government, the <a href="http://www.globalhealth.gov/global-health-topics/global-health-security/index.html">Global Health Security Agenda</a> brings together 26 countries, the World Health Organization and several other international group. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:07:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 38685 at http://wkms.org Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide http://wkms.org/post/global-cancer-cases-rising-alarming-rate-worldwide As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.<p>There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization <a href="http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2014/pdfs/pr224_E.pdf">reported</a> Monday. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 38491 at http://wkms.org Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia http://wkms.org/post/simple-cheap-health-remedies-cut-child-mortality-ethiopia Poor countries are starting to realize something that richer ones sometimes forget: Basic, inexpensive measures can have dramatic impacts on the health of a country. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37746 at http://wkms.org Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia