Jason Beaubien http://news.stlpublicradio.org en As Death Count Rises, Health Officials Work To Stem Ebola's Spread http://news.stlpublicradio.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 20:30:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37313 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm http://news.stlpublicradio.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 20:53:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 36530 at http://news.stlpublicradio.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://news.stlpublicradio.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 36137 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency http://news.stlpublicradio.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 35878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mysterious-kidney-disease-slays-farmworkers-central-america Manuel Antonio Tejarino used to be a lean, fit field hand.<a name="_GoBack"></a> During the sugar cane harvest, he'd swing a machete for hours, hacking at the thick, towering stalks.<p>Now Tejarino is slumped in a faded, cloth deck chair outside his sister's house on the outskirts of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.<p>Tejarino's kidneys are failing. He's grown gaunt. His arms droop by his side. In the tropical midday heat, he alternates between wiping sweat off his brow and pulling a sweatshirt up over his bare chest.<p>"I feel like I'm burning," says Tejarino, 49. "My blood pressure goes down. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:19:15 +0000 Jason Beaubien 35723 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat http://news.stlpublicradio.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. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 33699 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide http://news.stlpublicradio.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 01:00:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 33479 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia http://news.stlpublicradio.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 32709 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nelson-mandela-inspiration-world-dies-95 Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.<p>President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.<p>From his childhood as a herd boy, Mandela went on to lead the African National Congress' struggle against the racially oppressive, apartheid regime of South Africa. For his efforts, he spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:54:37 +0000 Jason Beaubien 31987 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 U.S. Military Helps Transport Typhoon Survivors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-military-helps-transport-typhoon-survivors Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Stories of survival are emerging from the Philippines after the devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan. Twenty-three-year-old Marcelo Maloon(ph) was studying nursing in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the storm. And on the day of the typhoon, Maloon took shelter in a hotel with friends.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>From a third floor window, Maloon filmed videos he then posted to his Instagram account, showing debris flying through the air and cars being swept through the flooded street below. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:47:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 31432 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org