News Archive

Bringing rights into the fight against NCDs - 12/17/2013
A new report out of USC uncovers the ways human rights intersect with the world’s leading cause of death: non-communicable disease. More »
LA officials to regulate e-cigarettes - 12/4/2013
NBC interviewed our director, Jonathan Samet, about proposed regulation of electronic cigarettes. The LA City Council took a big step in regulating the use of electronic cigarettes by voting on Wednesday to treat them the same way tobacco cigarettes are treated. More »
Outdoor air pollution a leading cause of cancer, say UN health experts - 10/16/2013
The specialized cancer agency of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that outdoor air pollution is a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths. More »
Nobel Prize nominee denounces sexual violence in the Congo - 10/8/2013
Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, gynecologist and advocate against sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, called upon the USC community to take action in his talk at the USC Caruso Catholic Center on Oct. 7 More »
Partnerships of Peril: Keeping Food, Alcohol and Beverage Industries Out of Global Health Governance - 9/24/2013
Heather Wipfli, associate director of the USC Institute for Global Health, highlights the lack of consensus regarding the role of private industry in efforts to control the burden of non-communicable diseases. More »
USC researchers to participate in national study of tobacco product regulations - 9/19/2013
Despite decades of efforts to control its use, tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. The University of Southern California (USC) is one of 14 academic institutions designated to receive significant funding to contribute to a new, first-of-its-kind regulatory science tobacco program intended to support tobacco product regulations. More »
Faculty-produced cancer education film to receive prestigious public health award - 9/18/2013
The USC faculty-produced short film Tamale Lesson, which uses narrative storytelling to educate women about cervical cancer screening, will receive an award from the American Public Health Association at its annual meeting in November. More »
American Journal of Public Health releases special collection on abortion commemorating 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade - 8/19/2013
The American Journal of Public Health released a collection of articles and videos in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. More »
Experts convene on using human rights to combat chronic disease - 7/23/2013
A landmark USC conference brought together experts to examine how the fields of public health and human rights can unite to tackle chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. More »
Global health education: a pilot in trans-disciplinary, digital instruction - 5/8/2013
The USC Institute for Global Health and Institute for Multimedia Literacy published an article about their joint 2012 class “New Media for Global Health” in the latest volume of the journal Global Health Action. More »
Years later, psychological effects of Chernobyl linger - 5/7/2013
Nearly three decades have passed since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Now a new report authored by USC researchers has estimated that millions of people may still be suffering from mental and physical health problems related to the 1986 accident. More »
Director of global health finds hope about climate change - 5/7/2013
Dr. Samet spoke on challenges and opportunities in arts and health care and the need for stewardship of the planet at an Earth Day Forum on April 22 at Los Angeles City Hall. More »
GHRR fellow contributes to KPCC segment on condom redesign - 5/3/2013
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of its Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, is offering a $100,000 grant for any organization or aspirant engineer to design a next generation condom to make it more widely-used. More »
USC Institute for Global Health presents at 4th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health - 5/1/2013
Faculty from the USC Institute for Global Health and its Program on Global Health & Human Rights presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, which took place March 14 – 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. More »
Baby Clothes Drive for Uganda - 4/14/2013
Help us collect new and used baby clothes and blankets for new mothers in Uganda! More »
Textbook co-edited by Professor Sofia Gruskin published: Health and Human Rights in a Changing World - 4/14/2013
Health and Human Rights in a Changing World, a textbook co-edited by Professor Sofia Gruskin, director of the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights, was well-received by academics and health leaders after being published March 22, 2013, by Routledge. More »
Local families put their hearts into health at World Health Day LA - 4/11/2013
Dozens of kids and families got their hearts pumping at the fourth annual World Health Day LA on April 6 for a free day of heart-healthy sports activities, health screenings, entertainment and education at the Expo Center. More »
Professor Laura Ferguson Contributes to Improving Children’s Health and Human Rights Globally - 4/10/2013
The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on March 23 that brought the UN one step closer to securing children’s health-related rights across the globe. Laura Ferguson, assistant professor in the USC Department of Preventive Medicine and USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights, played a key role in the technical, political and practical processes surrounding the resolution and other related efforts. More »
Undergraduate team wins USC Global Health Case Competition - 2/22/2013
Competing against their peers, a team of multidisciplinary undergraduates won the USC Global Health Case Competition on Feb. 15 and will represent the university at the international level in March. More »
Multidisciplinary USC Global Health Case Competition connects students to the CDC - 2/13/2013
Back for its second year, the University of Southern California Global Health Case Competition has grown in popularity, with more than 130 undergraduate and graduate students from 11 USC schools participating Friday, Feb. 15. More »
USC Institute for Global Health meets with Ugandan partners - 1/30/2013
The USC Institute for Global Health met with partners in Uganda in late January to facilitate research, foster collaborations and reconnect on existing projects. More »
USC examines decisions of pregnant HIV-positive women - 1/16/2013
A USC-led project headed by Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health, aims to ensure HIV-positive women are at the center of decision-making regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights. More »
Sexual and reproductive health and rights experts launch global research network - 12/6/2012
USC hosted nine international experts from Nov. 27 to 30 to discuss the state of sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world and to launch an international research network. More »
Women in Management talk tackles global leadership challenges—and motherhood - 11/16/2012
In a presentation of stories and experiences collected through 15 years of international work, Heather Wipfli, associate director of the USC Institute for Global Health, shared with women on Nov. 15 the challenges she has faced pursuing a global leadership career. More »
Professor Ferguson contributes to Philippines meeting on children’s right to health - 11/15/2012
Laura Ferguson, of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, traveled to the Philippines in early November for the Asia Regional Consultation on Practical Measures of Implementation of the Child’s Right to Health. More »
Vietnamese human rights officials discuss collaborations with USC - 11/15/2012
Vietnamese delegates visited USC Nov. 12-13 to discuss collaboration opportunities with the university to further their country’s human rights research, policy and training efforts. More »
New York Times columnist urges activism abroad - 11/7/2012
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and renowned global health journalist Nicholas Kristof discussed his push for gender equality and his most recent book at a speaker series hosted by the USC Spectrum, the Program Board Speakers Committee and the USC Institute for Global Health at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Monday. More »
Jonathan Samet via Green Cross: Human impact of Chernobyl disaster - 11/5/2012
USC Institute for Global Health Director and Green Cross consultant Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S. discusses the human impact of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the challenges that will face affected people for decades to come. More »
USC awarded grant to build research hub in East Africa - 10/8/2012
USC, in partnership with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, received a joint planning grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) last month to establish a research and training hub focused on environmental and occupational health in East Africa. More »
USC global health game maintains relevance - 9/26/2012
One year ago, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser and correspondent Juju Chang announced the launch of the 1,000 Days Facebook game — a project spearheaded by the USC Institute for Global Health — at the Social Good Summit in New York. More »
IGH's Center for Storytelling, Activism & Health Director Neal Baer featured in writers magazine - 9/10/2012
The new issue of Written By, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America, West, profiled Dr. Neal Baer, director the Institue for Global Health's Center for Storytelling, Activism & Health, and his advocacy for social change. More »
Institute for Global Health director co-authors largest tobacco use study - 9/10/2012
The world’s largest study of tobacco use to date was published last month in the medical journal The Lancet and included Keck School of Medicine professor, and USC Institue for Global Health Director, Jonathan Samet as an author. More »
Program on Global Health & Human Rights Contributes to International AIDS Conference - 8/15/2012
Program on Global Health & Human Rights staff, along with 24,000 others who attended the International AIDS Conference in July, have returned home from Washington, D.C., to unpack and reflect on their experiences. More »
High School Sleuths Track Mock Disease Outbreak at USC - 7/30/2012
Hundreds of high school students got a taste of college life this month during Summer@USC, a pre-college academic program offered by USC Summer Programs. More »
Jonathan Samet quoted by China Daily on health workers who smoke - 7/18/2012
Jonathan Samet, director of the USC Institute for Global Health, was quoted in the article, "Health workers unaware of dangers of smoking," by China Daily. The article discusses medical workers' misconceptions regarding low-tar cigarrettes. More »
Professor Gruskin contributes to landmark HIV law report - 7/9/2012
Professor Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global health, served as a member of the technical advisory group for a landmark report released July 9 by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, a high-level, independent body of global public leaders and field experts that launched in June 2010. More »
USC global health conference attracts Pacific Rim leaders - 7/5/2012
Dozens of academics from across the Pacific Rim visited USC June 23-26 for the 2012 Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Program Workshop, organized by the USC Institute for Global Health. More »
Biomed Analysis: Time for rights-based women's health - 5/30/2012
We need to revive the rights-based agenda and realign research priorities for women's health, says Priya Shetty for Science & Development Network More »
MPH students interview US Secretary of Health and Human Services at the 65th World Health Assembly - 5/21/2012
Public health students representing the USC Institute for Global Health at the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, interviewed United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on LGBT health and non-communicable diseases. More »
Professor Laura Ferguson finalizes draft for submission to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - 5/17/2012
Professor Laura Ferguson met with the World Health Organization, Save the Children and other partner organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, to finalize a draft General Comment on children’s right to health. More »
Program on Global Health and Human Rights faculty visit Geneva for World Health Organization project - 5/17/2012
Professor Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health and Human Rights, and Assistant Professor Laura Ferguson traveled to Geneva to further their work on the World Health Organization (WHO) project More »
Program on Global Health & Human Rights launches Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at global research forum - 5/17/2012
The Program on Global Health & Human Rights, in partnership with researchers from around the world, launched innovative Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at a global research forum More »
Beijing Olympics Experiment Reveals Biological Link Between Air Pollution Exposure, Cardiovascular Disease - 5/15/2012
Using the 2008 Beijing Olympics as their laboratory, USC researchers and colleagues have found biological evidence that even a short-term reduction in air pollution exposure improves one’s cardiovascular health. More »
USC students to attend 2012 World Health Assembly - 5/14/2012
Public health students at USC will be attending the 65th World Health Assembly next week in Geneva, Switzerland, as delegates for the Union for International Cancer Control. More »
USC Institute for Global Health representatives visit Ukraine for Chernobyl study trip - 5/2/2012
International leaders gathered in Ukraine this month to learn about the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and subsequent healthcare projects led by the global nonprofit Green Cross International. Among them, Jonathan Samet, director of the USC Institute for Global health, and research associate Sonny Patel, met with international heads of Green Cross and visited affected sites. More »
USC Global Health Team Competes at International Level - 4/18/2012
The winners of the first USC Global Health Case Competition received an honorable mention after competing against 22 other teams at an international contest in March. More »
Sofia Gruskin gives inaugural lecture on health and human rights at UNC - 4/16/2012
Program on Global Health & Human Rights Director Sofia Gruskin discussed the crucial intersection of human rights and global health on April 16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More »
USC Global Health Team Makes Final Round At International Competition - 4/16/2012
The winners of the first USC Global Health Case Competition received an honorable mention after competing against 22 other teams at the International Emory University contest in March. More »
Going for the Gold at World Health Day LA - 4/13/2012
Hundreds of locals, volunteers and athletes gathered at the Los Angeles Expo Center on April 7 to promote health and fitness at World Health Day L.A. and to kick off a national Olympics awareness walk. More »
Global Health Case Competition challenges teams from 23 universities - 3/27/2012
Students from 23 universities across the United States and four foreign countries will gather at Emory University March 30-31 to compete in the fifth Emory Global Health Case Competition. Approximately 140 students will work in teams of six, including undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from a variety of disciplines. More »
World Health Day LA Kicks off National Olympics Campain - 3/27/2012
USC, UCLA and WesternU team up with Olympians for local health event More »
Undergrad team wins USC global health case competition, will compete nationally in Atlanta - 3/9/2012
After hours of presentations and deliberations, a team of six multidisciplinary undergraduates won and will now represent the University of Southern California at a national global health case competition. More »
Sofia Gruskin fosters collaboration with Brazilian universities - 3/1/2012
GHHR Director Sofia Gruskin traveled to Brazil in December after being invited by the University of Sao Paulo and the Federal University of Bahia to determine areas for future collaboration. More »
Sofia Gruskin shares insights on human rights, health for UNICEF - 2/29/2012
GHHR Director Sofia Gruskin provided expert commentary for UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's Research Watch More »
Sofia Gruskin published in Global Public Health - 2/28/2012
GHHR Director Sofia Gruskin’s article, titled "Human rights in health systems frameworks: What is there, what is missing and why does it matter?" was published online by the leading journal Global Public Health on Jan. 23, 2012. More »
Jonathan Samet named chairman of Twezimbe Development Foundation board of trustees - 2/10/2012
Institute for Global Health Director Jonathan Samet traveled to Uganda in early January to tour health facilities and discuss partnerships with area organizations. More »
Jane Schmitz published in British Medical Journal - 2/10/2012
Jane Schmitz, clinical assistant professor and research and curriculum advisor for the USC Institute for Global Health, is the lead author of an article published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Jan. 10, 2012, documenting a previously unknown benefit of vitamin A supplementation among preschool children on risk of hearing loss in young adulthood. More »
Equity, Human Rights, and Health: Here, There and Back Again - 1/23/2012
Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health, wrote a commentary for UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's Research Watch regarding the interplay of equity, human rights, health and surrounding questions. More »
Million Moms Challenge featured in Huffington Post - 1/19/2012
ABC News Senior Producer Teri Whitcraft discusses the Million Moms Challenge&emdash;and 1,000 Days Facebook game&emdash;for Huffington Post's new section, Global Motherhood. More »
Article co-authored by GHHR Director Sofia Gruskin published in major health journal - 12/22/2011
The article, “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Public Health Education,” co-authored by Professor Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, was published this month in the Reproductive Health Matters journal. The article addresses the challenges faced in mainstreaming the teaching of sexual health and rights into public health education. More »
BU Today quotes GHHR Director Sofia Gruskin - 12/22/2011
Boston University's BU Today quoted Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, in the article, "Ho Chi Minh Gets with the Program." More »
Tobacco Control journal publishes tobacco/NCD article by IGH directors - 12/22/2011
Tobacco Control, an international peer review journal, published an editorial written by USC Institute for Global Health Director Jonathan Samet and Associate Director Heather Wipfli. The article, "Moving beyond global tobacco control to global disease control," draws parallels between the global tobacco control movement and the increasing effort to control non-communicable diseases. More »
The Daily Courier quotes IGH Director Jonathan Samet on cell phone cancer risk - 12/22/2011
In the article, "Smart meters are the latest electronic devices generating debate about possible health risks," The Daily Courier quoted USC Institute for Global Health Director Director Jonathan Samet from a report he contributed to regarding cancer risk and cell phone usage. More »
The Weekly features the 1,000 Days Facebook game - "Facebook game takes aim at malnutrition in children" - 12/22/2011
USC's The Weekly published a spotlight on the game in the article, "Facebook game takes aim at malnutrition in children." More »
China Daily quotes IGH Director Jonathan Samet in tobacco article - "Funding for tobacco control 'inadequate'" - 12/22/2011
The article, "Funding for tobacco control 'inadequate,'" compares tobacco control funding in the United States to the funding China, and how smoking rates have been affected. More »
ABC News features 1,000 Days Facebook game - 12/12/2011
Gaming For Change: A New Game That Informs And Entertains More »
1 in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030 - 11/17/2011
The International Diabetes Federation predicts that at least one in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030, according to its latest statistics. More »
UK doctors call for ban on smoking in cars - 11/17/2011
The British Medical Association is calling on the government to ban smoking at all times in cars, a step that would go beyond regulations elsewhere. More »
"Healthy" habits linked to childhood obesity in China - 11/1/2011
Teenage boys from well-off Chinese families who say they are physically active and eat plenty of vegetables but few sweets are more likely to be overweight, according to a study led by researchers at the Ke More »
IGH Director Samet speaks at USC Global Conference 2011 - 10/20/2011
Jonathan Samet discusses issues surrounding global challenges to health care at the USC Global Conference 2011 in Hong Kong. More »
Senators push for tobacco ban on players during World Series - 10/19/2011
A group of senators is urging Major League Baseball to use the World Series as a chance to step up and change a fairly recognizable scene at baseball stadiums: a group of players in the dugout chomping on chew and spitting tobacco juice. More »
IGH Director Samet Honored for Work on Health Effects of Air Pollution - 10/12/2011
Jonathan Samet, the Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine, has been honored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for making significant contributions to cleaner air in the Southland. More »
How to Make an Impact on Hunger - 10/12/2011
In honor of World Food Day on Sunday, October 16, highlighted five creative ways to make an impact on hunger in your community and around the globe. More »
Dr. Phillipe Douste-Blazy: Global Health Innovator - 10/6/2011
Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, "Douste" to his friends, is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General in charge of Innovative Financing for Development and the unpaid Chair of UNITAID. More »
Student Honored for Dedication to Volunteer Work - 10/4/2011
USC PharmD student Parth Parikh has won the Pharmacy Times/Walmart RESPy award given to students who demonstrate a commitment to volunteer service, a high level of professional and public health-related activities and a dedication to advancing the profession. More »
USC Develops Life-Saving Game - 9/28/2011
Heather Wipfli, Associate Director of USC's Institute for Global Health, discusses 1000 Days, IGH's nutrition-focused Facebook game. More »
Fighting Cervical Cancer With Vinegar and Ingenuity - 9/26/2011
Maikaew Panomyai did a little dance coming out of the examination room, switching her hips, waving her fists in the air and crowing, in her limited English: “Everything’s O.K.! Everything’s O.K.!” More »
Bolivia plans to tax beer to encourage milk - 9/23/2011
Bolivia's government has a message for beer drinkers: Get milk. More »
What kills us varies by country - 9/21/2011
Noncommunicable diseases, a group of illnesses that includes heart attack, stroke, lung disease, cancer and diabetes, kill far more people worldwide than infectious diseases, birth-related events, malnutrition and accidents More »
Leaders vow to cut deaths from chronic disease - 9/20/2011
World leaders have pledged to take wide-ranging action to prevent millions of deaths from cancer, diabetes, and heart and lung disease by tackling the key causes - smoking, excessive drinking, lack of exercise and unhealthy diets dominated by fast food. More »
Washington Post Live holds event on global health for noncommunicable diseases - 9/19/2011
Last week, Washington Post Live, the division of The Post that organizes forums and debates, invited some of the people who are at the U.N. this week, as well as other key thinkers on global health, to a discussion about curbing the rise of NCDs. More »
China's unhealthy habits drive chronic diseases up - 9/15/2011
During a recent weekday lunch, middle-aged Wu Zhixin had a plate of shredded pork noodles glistening with oil and washed it down with a paper cup of vodka-like alcohol. Then she lit a cigarette. More »
Women's cancer reach 2 million - 9/14/2011
Two million women were diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer last year, according to global figures. More »
Sofia Gruskin, Prominent Researcher on Public Health and Law, Joins Keck School of Medicine of USC - 9/13/2011
Global health pioneer Sofia Gruskin, J.D., M.I.A., has joined the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) with her appointment as professor of preventive medicine at the USC Institute for Global Health, and a joint appointment in the USC Gould School of Law. More »
Memo from the Dean: Appointment of Sofia Gruskin, J.D., M.I.A., as Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine (PDF) - 9/13/2011
Memo from the dean of the Keck School of Medicine announcing the appointment of Sofia Gruskin as Professor of Preventive Medicine. More »
Diabetes "massive challenge" as cases hit 366 million - 9/13/2011
The number of people living with diabetes has soared to 366 million, and the disease kills one person every seven seconds, posing a "massive challenge" to healthcare systems worldwide, experts said on Tuesday. More »
Dying for a burger? Why are trans fats still legal in the UK? - 9/10/2011
The trans fats in junk food are responsible for the deaths of around 7,000 people a year in the UK – and teenagers are most at risk. Elsewhere, these toxic substances are banned. So why are they still legal in this country? More »
No respite for refugees facing famine - 7/20/2011
More than 10 million people are in need of food aid in the Horn of Africa and most of them are in Somalia. But for those who leave Somalia for Kenya's refugee camps, life may not be much better. More »
HIV Treatment In Africa Brings Near-Normal Lifespan - 7/19/2011
Now researchers are showing that the life expectancy of already-infected African patients getting HIV treatment almost matches that of their uninfected countrymen. More »
Latest Figures On Obesity Paint An Uglier Picture - 7/19/2011
Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with the latest analysis of its own nationwide survey data, collected by telephone since 1984. More »
'Triangle Of Death' In Horn Of Africa; Famine Grips Southern Somalia - 7/18/2011
As the United Nations escalates its dire warnings about what's happening in the Horn of Africa, declaring today that drought and famine in southern Somalia threaten millions of people, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from a refugee camp in Kenya that an area straddling Somalia, Ethiopia and northern Kenya has been dubbed "the triangle of death." More »
CIA's Fake Vaccination Drive Angers Public Health World - 7/13/2011
t's a conspiracy plot straight out of a spy novel: on Monday, the Guardian reported that as part of the Osama Bin Laden capture effort, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set up a fake vaccination clinic in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to collect DNA from Bin Laden's children. More »
FDA reveals bigger, graphic warning labels for cigarette packages - 6/21/2011
Nine new graphic cigarette warning labels showing cancerous lesions and other impacts of smoking were unveiled Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration, part of the agency's sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco and tobacco products. More »
Foreign Aid Won’t Eliminate Poverty - 6/15/2011
Current foreign aid programs don’t address underlying causes of poverty. Pro or con? More »
A Doctor Who Must Navigate a Contentious Divide - 6/6/2011
Dr. Samet, a University of Southern California physician and epidemiologist, found himself at the center of debate again as chairman of a World Health Organization committee ruling on the health effects of cellphone use. More »
Plate icon to guide Americans to healthier eating - 6/2/2011
The food pyramid has been dismantled in favor of a simple plate icon that urges Americans to eat a more plant-based diet. More »
European food outbreak soars; mystery deepens - 6/1/2011
The number of people hit by a massive European outbreak of foodborne bacterial infections is a third bigger than previously known and a stunningly high number of patients suffer from a potentially deadly complication than can shut down their kidneys, officials said Wednesday. More »
Cellphone Radiation May Cause Cancer, Advisory Panel Says - 5/31/2011
A World Health Organization panel has concluded that cellphones are “possibly carcinogenic,’’ putting the popular devices in the same category as certain dry cleaning chemicals and pesticides, as a potential threat to human health. More »
Video: Spotlighting the NCD Problem - 5/23/2011
Rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been rising in all countries. NCDs are chronic diseases - such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes - and globally, these diseases account for 60% of deaths worldwide. Nearly 80% of the world's chronic disease-related deaths occur in low- and middle- income countries. More »
Mental illness rampant in Somalia - 5/20/2011
Hassan Qasim lies shackled to a wall in a hallway with 25 other patients at a clinic for the mentally ill in Somalia. More »
Ronald McDonald's midlife crisis - 5/17/2011
The 48-year-old spokesclown has fallen flat in new ads this year, according to Ace Metrix, a group that tracks TV advertising. More »
Federal grants help Keck promote health - 4/26/2011
USC’s Keck School of Medicine isn’t scared by the fierce competition for federal research grants. More »
MPH grad Sonny Patel interviewed by Swiss Television on Chernobyl disaster - 4/14/2011
MPH grad Sonny Patel interviewed by Swiss Television on Chernobyl disaster More »
Should Ban On Transplants Of HIV-Infected Organs Be Dropped? - 4/11/2011
If you're infected with HIV, you're no longer automatically ruled out for an organ transplant. More »
Researchers find superbug gene in New Delhi water - 4/7/2011
A gene that can turn many types of bacteria into deadly superbugs was found in about a quarter of water samples taken from drinking supplies and puddles on the streets of New Delhi, according to a new study. More »
Drug-Resistant Germs: Your Day Has Come - 4/7/2011
If you haven't already run into trouble with an infection that's resistant to antibiotic attack, consider yourself lucky. More »
DomRep concerned about increase in malaria deaths - 4/5/2011
Dominican health authorities launched an education campaign Tuesday to fight an increase in malaria deaths. More »
WHO: No short-term risk from contaminated food - 3/21/2011
Short-term exposure to food contaminated by radiation from Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant poses no immediate health risk, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said Monday. More »
Effect of radiation on humans still harbors mysteries - 3/21/2011
Japan's alarm over radiation found in spinach and milk has also raised questions, given that little is known about its effect on the human body. More »
Japan's Nuclear Nightmare a Wake-Up Call for US - 3/21/2011
As the horrifying nuclear catastrophe in Japan threatens to contaminate an entire nation with radiation, now is the time for the United States to reassess the safety of nuclear power here at home, particularly given that 23 nuclear reactors in the U.S. use the same "Mark 1" reactor and containment design as Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. More »
Fukushima, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl: Putting It All In Perspective - 3/20/2011
The situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi facility is prompting many comparisons to the two prior crises that have become cultural touchstones for what can go wrong at a nuclear power plant: Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. More »
FDA advisers: Menthol cig ban would benefit health - 3/18/2011
Removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health because the minty flavoring has led to an increase in smokers and makes quitting harder, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Friday. More »
Tobacco cos: Menthol cigs don't pose greater risk - 3/17/2011
Menthol cigarettes are no riskier than regular cigarettes and shouldn't be regulated any differently, the tobacco industry told a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel Thursday. More »
Venezuela officials: 1 death in swine flu outbreak - 3/17/2011
Venezuelan health officials believe swine flu killed one person and have diagnosed 12 other people with the virus, the country's health minister said Thursday. More »
Helicopters Pour Water On Stricken Nuclear Reactor - 3/16/2011
Japanese defense crews on Thursday began pouring water from helicopters onto the damaged reactor No. 3 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. More »
At Their Own Risk: What Will Happen To The Fukushima Workers? - 3/15/2011
The anonymous workers who remain at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant — Japanese officials now say there are 180 — fight against lengthening odds to prevent large amounts of radiation from leaking out. More »
Cigarette displays to be banned in English stores - 3/9/2011
The cigarette packs piled into prominent displays behind store counters and supermarket checkouts in England can't be missed. They occupy prime retail real estate, helping to keep addicts hooked and quitters tempted. More »
China promises to improve public hospitals - 3/9/2011
Top Chinese officials promised Wednesday to improve public hospitals and cut their dependence on drug sales for income - a major driver of high health care costs. More »
Ex-Starbucks Exec Helps Develop Global Eye Banks - 3/8/2011
Now, a Seattle-based nonprofit is applying lessons learned in the coffee business in its efforts to bring sight to as many people as it can. More »
President Obama Appoints USC Professor Jonathan Samet To Key Administrative Post - 3/1/2011
President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint University of Southern California Professor Jonathan M. Samet to the National Cancer Advisory Board More »
White House Sweats, and He’s the Cause - 2/27/2011
White House Sweats, and He’s the Cause More »
Honduras law lets police be called on home smokers - 2/21/2011
The last refuge is vanishing for besieged smokers - at least in Honduras. A new law that took effect Monday says family members can call in the police on people who smoke at home. More »
Voice of America Broadcast on Operation Medical Libraries - 2/21/2011
Voice of America (VOA) broadcast aired in Afghanistan in early 2011 and shared with VOA Urdu Service, which broadcasts to Pakistan. More »
India brings hope to stalled fight against polio - 2/20/2011
Deep in the floodplains of the Kosi River, the polio virus has stubbornly hidden. And it is here where the long-stalled global fight to eradicate the crippling disease might be on the verge of a badly needed victory. More »
Hard times again at Haiti nursing home - 2/19/2011
In Port-au-Prince's crowded encampments, about 20 percent of elderly quake victims are going hungry a year after the disaster, according to a survey by HelpAge International, a network of non-profits that helps disadvantaged elderly people across the globe. More »
UN: Cholera eases in Haiti but rural deaths high - 2/18/2011
Haiti's cholera outbreak appears to be diminishing nationwide but the death rate in rural areas remains alarmingly high, the United Nations said Friday. More »
China on alert for leather protein in milk supply - 2/17/2011
China has warned dairy producers that inspectors are on alert for fresh milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine and another toxic substance extracted from leather scraps, state media said Friday. More »
Dwarfism may hold key to fighting cancer and diabetes, and living a long life - 2/17/2011
Growth hormone is touted as an anti-aging remedy, but scientists studying a group of short-statured Ecuadoreans might beg to differ. More »
Zimbabwe launches Valentine's Day blood drive - 2/14/2011
Zimbabwe launched a blood drive on Valentine's Day in an effort to ease dire shortages at the national blood bank. More »
2 Haitian children die from cholera in DomRep - 2/4/2011
Two Haitian children have died from cholera after a pastor tried to cure them with a ceremony at his church instead of taking them to a hospital, Dominican health officials said Friday. More »
Max Carlson talks about Bhopali - 2/4/2011
Sam Rubin talks to director Max Carlson at Sundance about his documentary Bhopali More »
'Fat cancers' also hitting developing nations - 2/3/2011
"Fat cancers" usually associated with wealthy countries are becoming more common in the developing world, too, according to new reports. More »
Study: Global obesity nearly doubled since 1980 - 2/3/2011
The global prevalence of obesity has almost doubled since 1980, while some inroads have been made in dropping global cholesterol and high blood pressure rates. Those are the findings of three papers published in the Lancet, looking at global heart disease risk factors between 1980 and 2008. More »
Spreading Clinical Pharmacy Skills Abroad - 2/2/2011
Hovik Mekhjian and Parth Parikh, USC students in the doctor of pharmacy program, have begun an outreach project that educates pharmacy students in India about clinical aspects of the profession, a facet not currently emphasized in that country’s programs. More »
IMF predicts faster global economic growth in 2011 - 1/25/2011
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that the global economy will grow faster this year than expected. More »
Haiti Cholera outbreak expected to claim more lives, relief officials say - 1/11/2011
International relief and health officials say cholera remains a major threat in Haiti, where 1 million people are still living in camps after last year's devastating earthquake. More »
Global health fund freezes some Ivory Coast aid - 1/11/2011
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said on Tuesday it was freezing disbursement of grants to the Ivory Coast and taking measures to safeguard its stocks and funds due to political instability. More »
Africa's Epidemic of Disappearing Medicine - 1/11/2011
The global system for public health donations has a crippling accountability problem. More »
Obesity Poses a Heavy Problem for Developing Cities - 1/11/2011
As people move to cities at this unprecedented pace and scale, they face altered lifestyles, behaviors and economic circumstances, many of which are contributing to a global health crisis of obesity. More »
Govt Vows to Improve Sanitation and Water - 1/10/2011
The Indonesian government is committed to improving the country’s living conditions as part of its efforts to prevent illnesses and death caused by unsanitary conditions, which often affects the poor, a minister says. More »
China Tobacco Industry foils efforts- report - 1/6/2011
China's tobacco industry is foiling efforts to control smoking and Chinese leaders must give stronger support to measures to control tobacco use, an international panel of experts said in a report on Thursday. More »
CAMBODIA: Winning the Battle Against Schistosomiasis - 1/6/2011
Health officials in Cambodia are making inroads in their battle against schistosomiasis, a chronic and debilitating disease commonly known as snail fever. More »
Reuters Examines Foreign Aid's Prospects In New Congress; Foreign Policy Looks At Clinton's State Dept. Staff Memo - 1/5/2011
Reuters examines how the efforts of "budget-minded lawmakers [in the new U.S. Congress who will] seek to curb costs without undercutting military operations" could impact U.S.-backed aid programs, including those in Afghanistan. More »
Mexico's other enemy: Obesity rates triple in last 3 decades - 1/5/2011
(CNN) -- Sizing up the magnitude of Mexico's obesity problem is as simple as visiting a clothing manufacturer. At Arush, a clothing factory in Mexico City, the changing demand has modified production. Buyers, including Mexican giant retailers like Soriana and Liverpool, are increasingly asking for "large" and "extra large" sizes, which have all but replaced production of "small" and "medium." More »
2010 in review: key health issues - 1/5/2011
2010 was a year of public health challenges stemming from a series of natural disasters. But it was also a year when a long-term collaboration culminated an affordable vaccine to eliminate one of Africa's biggest health problems. More »
America’s overall health improving in some areas, declining in others - 1/5/2011
The nation’s overall health has improved slightly, according to a new report, but rising rates of obesity, children living in poverty and diabetes continue to be worrisome for states’ health. More »
Diseases we can stop, but don't - 12/12/2010
The Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health gives short shrift to the fight against seven major neglected tropical diseases. More »
After HIV pill news, now comes the tricky part - 12/1/2010
Last week, the National Institutes of Health announced a major advance in HIV prevention. The results of a study showed that a once-daily pill containing drugs used to treat HIV can also help prevent HIV infection -- a new approach called "pre-exposure prophylaxis." More »
Guidelines for Global Health Training Eliminate Pitfalls - 12/1/2010
ith the growth in global health training programs around the world, it has become increasingly vital to ensure these programs are ethical and accomplishing their intended goals: to improve global health and not become part of the problem. More »
Global Health Watch: AIDS funding won’t stem skyrocketing HIV infections - 12/1/2010
In South Africa, which has 5.7 million people living with HIV. more than any other country in the world, 5 million more people will be infected in the next two decades even if the government increases its AIDS funding, according to a new report to the government. More »
Global health spending under pressure of U.S. debt - 11/30/2010
On the one hand, the worst economic crisis in recent memory hasn't quelled generous government and private donors from giving record amounts to improve global health. On the other hand, that growth in funding is beginning to taper off, cut by more than half between 2008 and 2010. More »
Financing Global Health 2010: Development assistance spending - 11/30/2010
Financing Global Health 2010: Development assistance and country spending in economic uncertainty shows the continued rise in development assistance for health globally and provides a comprehensive picture of the total amount of health funding flowing from aid agencies, governments, and private donors to developing countries. More »
More than 600,000 people killed by 2nd-hand smoke - 11/26/2010
Secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, according to a new study. More »
Passive smoking 'kills 600,000' worldwide - 11/26/2010
The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 600,000 deaths every year. More »
Anti-UN Violence In Haiti Stopping Medical Supplies - 11/17/2010
The United Nations says that protests against UN Peacekeepers are keeping critically needed medical supplies from reaching areas struck hardest by the cholera outbreak. More »
Climate Change Debate Within Kiribati - 11/17/2010
During international negotiations, Kiribati’s delegates portray their country as being on the front lines of climate change, saying that within the century, the atolls could be contending with dangerously high seas. But there’s actually some disagreement about that within Kiribati itself. More »
Cholera reported in Florida as Haiti death toll climbs - 11/17/2010
Haiti reported more cholera deaths Wednesday as chaos reigned in this country's second-largest city and cases among people who had traveled from Haiti were reported in Florida and across the island in the Dominican Republic. More »
Global Recommendations on Physical activity for Health - 11/17/2010
WHO developed the Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health with the overall aim of providing national and regional level policy makers with guidance on the dose-response relationship between the frequency, duration, intensity, type and total amount of physical activity needed for the prevention of NCDs. More »
Hidden cities: new report shows how poverty and ill-health are linked in urban areas - 11/17/2010
Novel analytical approach allows policy makers to provide services where they're most needed More »
Cholera Vaccine In The Caribbean: A Hypothetical Lifesaver - 11/17/2010
The official count of cholera deaths in Haiti has surpassed 1,000 and authorities predict the disease will spread to other Caribbean countries. More »
Unveils Proposed Graphic Warning Labels for Cigarette Packs - 11/10/2010
Federal drug regulators on Wednesday unveiled 36 proposed warning labels for cigarette packages, including one showing a toe tag on a corpse and another in which a mother blows smoke on her baby. More »
Mobile phones may diagnose STDs - 11/9/2010
A research project in Europe aims to let people self-diagnose sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and syphilis by using their mobile phones. More »
PepsiCo and GE Are Innovating in India - 11/9/2010
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi calls emerging markets her company's "biggest learning labs" for delivering new products and services, write columnists Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu More »
Africa: Coke's Last Frontier - 10/28/2010
Sales are flat in developed countries. For Coke to keep growing, Africa is it More »
GSK to donate a billion tablets a year for neglected diseases - 10/19/2010
Today the World Health Organisation will launch its first report on progress in combatting the neglected tropical diseases that undermine the health of the poor and wreck their life chances. GSK will donate drugs costing £12 million a year, but other companies need to do more More »
HIV/AIDS: Global Fund looks to private sector to fill funding gap - 10/14/2010
With its coffers running at least US$1 billion short, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is looking to the private sector to fill the funding gap. More »
WHO: 1 billion suffer from hidden tropical disease - 10/14/2010
The World Health Organization estimated Thursday that 1 billion of the world's poorest people suffer from neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, rabies and leprosy that remain concentrated in remote rural areas and urban slums despite being mostly eradicated from large areas of the world. More »
RI receives pressure on tobacco - 10/13/2010
Indonesia has come under international censure for its inaction to curb the alarming surge in its number of smokers, with elementary school children seeing the most exponential increase in tobacco consumption. More »
'Western' diseases spread to developing world: experts - 10/13/2010
Chronic illnesses like obesity and diabetes, generally seen as "Western", are making worryingly rapid inroads in the developing world, health experts warned at a meeting in Berlin this week. More »
South Africa to test all HIV patients for TB - 10/13/2010
Health officials in South Africa said Wednesday they recommend screening all HIV patients for tuberculosis and want automatic TB tests for HIV patients to become normal procedure within five years. More »
Improving medical education in Africa - 10/13/2010
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is among the U.S. medical schools and universities involved in an initiative to invest $130 million over five years to transform African medical education and dramatically increase the number of health workers. More »
South Africa to test all HIV patients for TB - 10/13/2010
Health officials in South Africa said Wednesday they recommend screening all HIV patients for tuberculosis and want automatic TB tests for HIV patients to become normal procedure within five years. More »
Life-saving learning around the drinking pot - 10/13/2010
What started as a gathering of educated scientists in Uganda has turned into a social event that is changing the health behaviour of people in poor, rural communities. More »
U.N. says 300,000 Pakistan malaria cases - 10/12/2010
A U.N. health agency said Tuesday nearly 300,000 suspected cases of malaria have been logged in Pakistan's flooded regions, slightly above the seasonal average. More »
Kenya’s health sector ailing - 10/12/2010
Kenya trains three times the number of health professionals it requires, yet the country faces a shortage of medical staff as they seek employment abroad, according to experts. More »
Africa: $130 Million From United States to Train Doctors in a Dozen Countries - 10/11/2010
The United States will donate $130 million to African medical schools to improve medical education on the continent, the Obama administration announced last week More »
Hunger index shows one billion without enough food - 10/11/2010
One billion people in the world were undernourished in 2009, according to a new report. More »
Tiny East Timor declares war on leprosy - 10/10/2010
East Timor is one of two places worldwide - the other is Brazil - where the disease is still widespread enough to be considered a public health threat. More »
Parasite disease rises in Sudan - 10/8/2010
The number of cases of a potentially fatal parasitic disease has increased six-fold in southern Sudan. More »
Zimbabwe's health services need $700 million - 10/8/2010
Zimbabwe's health minister says the southern African country needs $700 million to restore health services shattered by a decade of political and economic turmoil. More »
Hungary's Sludge Could Be More Toxic Than Feared - 10/8/2010
The environmental group, Greenpeace, is warning the reddish sludge pouring through three counties in Hungary carries 'surprisingly high' levels of arsenic and mercury. More »
New York City Wants to Ban Food Stamps for Soda - 10/8/2010
The latest public health push: the New York City and state health departments are asking the feds for a waiver that would let them bar the use of food stamps to buy sodas and other sugary drinks. More »
Hungary: Toxic red sludge has reached the Danube - 10/7/2010
The toxic red sludge that burst out of a Hungarian factory's reservoir reached the mighty Danube on Thursday after wreaking havoc on smaller rivers and creeks, and downstream nations rushed to test their waters. More »
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation backs ABC - 10/6/2010
ABC News will in December launch a year-long health series called "Be The Change: Save A Life," which will focus on diseases and health conditions that disproportionately affect the world's poorest people. More »
Lead poisoning spikes in Nigeria, aid group says - 10/6/2010
An international aid agency says 400 children have died from lead poisoning in northwestern Nigeria and contamination has spread to two more villages. More »
Data firm IMS: 17 countries now emerging markets - 10/6/2010
Drug data firm IMS Health now considers 17 countries to be "emerging markets" for prescription drug sales. More »
US apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with STDs in the 1940s - 10/1/2010
The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study in which people in Guatemala were intentionally infected with sexually transmitted diseases. More »
Diabetes is on the rise in Africa - 9/30/2010
Experts predict that diabetes is set to become a huge health issue in Africa in coming years. The WHO and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimate that the diabetes population will double over the next 25 years in Africa. More »
Malawi rules out circumcision for AIDS prevention - 9/16/2010
Malawi will not officially promote male circumcision as an HIV-prevention strategy, two officials said Wednesday, citing a lack of evidence to support the practice. More »
USC professors spread fitness to Uganda - 9/9/2010
Professors from the Keck School of Medicine have packed their bags and headed to Uganda to encourage fitness and promote health. More »
Legislators get in-house health scheme - 9/9/2010
A sh102m health promotion programme was officially set in motion yesterday with a launch of a gym at Parliament. More »
Bicycles offer a lifeline in rural Zambia - 9/8/2010
In rural Zambia, a bicycle is one of the most important possessions someone can have. More »
Viterbi School, Makerere University (Uganda) and IBM Sign Collaboration Agreement - 9/7/2010
The three institutions intend to work together towards the goal of fostering a world-class collaborative institute, which will be called Joint Institute for Mobile Innovations (JIMI). More »
WHO wants faster, more flu vaccine production - 9/6/2010
The vaccine used to contain the recent swine flu pandemic was effective, but health authorities will need to ramp up the speed and volume of production during the next global outbreak, a World Health Organization official said Monday. More »
Cholera outbreak in Cameroon 'worst in 20 years' - 9/6/2010
UNICEF says more than 300 people have died in the West African nation of Cameroon from the country's worst cholera outbreak in 20 years. More »
Some donated malaria drugs being stolen in Africa - 9/1/2010
Millions of free malaria drugs are sent to Africa every year by international donors. New research is now providing evidence for what health workers have long suspected: some of the donated medication is being stolen and resold on commercial markets. More »
Diabetes now tops Vietnam vets' claims - 8/31/2010
Diabetes now tops Vietnam vets' claims More »
Chain-smoking Greeks face tough ban - 8/31/2010
Greece is set to impose a tough smoking ban starting Wednesday that will outlaw lighting up in all public indoor areas and prohibit most tobacco advertising. More »
UN experts conclude polio surveillance in assessed Afghan areas is effective - 8/30/2010
Based on findings, areview team concluded that ongoing transmission of wild poliovirus in the “reviewed’ areas is very unlikely to be missed More »
Austria reports 2 cases of superbug gene - 8/27/2010
Austria's health ministry is reporting two cases of a new gene that allows bacteria to become a superbug. More »
Chilean miners told to keep slim to squeeze out - 8/25/2010
Just 35 inches (90 centimeters) around the waist — that's how skinny Chile's 33 trapped miners have been told they need to be to squeeze through the escape tunnel, the health minister said Wednesday. More »
Ebola treatment shows promise in early tests - 8/23/2010
Experimental drugs show potential in fight against Ebola virus More »
In face of egg recall, FDA calls for more authority - 8/23/2010
Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg said Monday her agency is limited by law to a mostly reactive stance on food safety and argued that it needs a more "preventive approach." More »
Survivors of Pakistan floods face growing health problems - 8/23/2010
The misery of Pakistan's flooding, which has already displaced millions, is showing up in the form of communicable illnesses, the United Nations said Monday. More »
Ten ideas to change the world - 8/23/2010
How you can make a difference More »
Kenyan court sentences 2 TB patients to 8 months - 8/21/2010
A court has sentenced two tuberculosis patients who skipped their medications to spend eight months in prison to avoid spreading the deadly disease among the public, a senior health official said Saturday. More »
Transforming Kenya one bridge at a time - 8/20/2010
Transforming Kenya one bridge at a time More »
Risk of disease rises amid deadly Pakistan floods - 8/17/2010
Risk of disease rises amid deadly Pakistan floods More »
Senate passes bill to make school lunches healthy - 8/17/2010
Senate passes bill to make school lunches healthy More »
Tap water in south China town contaminated - 8/17/2010
Tap water in south China town contaminated More »
Cancer is the world's costliest disease - 8/16/2010
Cancer is the world's top "economic killer" as well as its likely leading cause of death, the American Cancer Society contends in a new report it will present at a global cancer conference in China this week. More »
What Counts As U.S.A. Ethnic Food? - 6/18/2010
Mitchel Stein sent in a video a woman took of the “USA” section of the ethnic food aisle in a German grocery store. It’s an interesting look at what types of foods/brands are associated (at least in this store) with the U.S.: More »
The $600 billion challenge - 6/16/2010
Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett are asking the nation's billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net worth to charity, in their lifetimes or at death. If their campaign succeeds, it could change the face of philanthropy. More »
A Dirt Poor Nation, With a Health Plan - 6/14/2010
Rwanda has had national health insurance for 11 years now; 92 percent of the nation is covered, and the premiums are $2 a year. More »
Did WHO overstate H1N1 threat? - 6/8/2010
Last week the British Medical Journal published an article accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of conflicts of interest with regard to H1N1. The authors accused the organization of exaggerating the severity of the virus, and of taking advice from experts with ties to vaccine- and antiviral-producing pharmaceutical companies. More »
Indian Court Convicts 7 In Bhopal Industrial Disaster - 6/7/2010
An Indian court has convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary of "death by negligence" for their roles in the Bhopal gas tragedy that left an estimated 15,000 people dead more than a quarter century ago in the world's worst industrial disaster. More »
WHO agrees code to stem health care worker exodus - 5/25/2010
"Health ministers sealed a rare global accord Friday to avoid recruiting doctors and nurses from poor countries where there is an acute shortage of medical staff..." More »
HIV risk for men during pregnancy - 5/23/2010
"Men have double the risk of catching HIV if their partner is pregnant, say researchers..." More »
Puerto Rico struggles with high preterm birth rate - 5/15/2010
With nearly 20 percent of infants born before 37 weeks, Puerto Rico has the highest pre-term birth rate in the United States and one of the highest in the world. More »
Is the Internet the Secret to Happiness? - 5/14/2010
A May 12 report by British researchers from the U.K.'s Chartered Institute of IT have found a link between Internet access and well-being. More »
Bill Gates checks up on polio eradication in India - 5/12/2010
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates traveled by boat Wednesday to a remote village in eastern India to check on the progress of a government campaign to eradicate polio that the billionaire is helping to fund. More »
Almost half of deaths in kids under 5 occur in 5 countries: Two-thirds of cases due to infectious disease - 5/11/2010
"Infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and blood poisoning account for more than two-thirds of the 8.8 million annual deaths in kids under 5 years of age worldwide..." More »
Health official: No sign of Haiti diphtheria spike - 5/9/2010
A 15-year-old boy has died of diphtheria in Haiti, but there is no evidence the bacterial disease is spreading in the earthquake-ravaged country, U.N. health officials said Sunday. More »
Health Diplomacy's Soft Power - 5/6/2010
"It’s been a year since swine flu first surfaced in Mexico and the US, instantly spreading to other geographies, testing along the way, for the first time, the global framework for for medical preparedness and..." More »
One Chinese baby born with syphilis every hour - 5/5/2010
Every hour a baby is born in China with syphilis, as the world's fastest-growing epidemic of the disease is fueled by men with new money from the nation's booming economy, researchers say. More »
Poor Man's Gatorade Saves Bangladeshi Kids - 5/1/2010
"A pinch of salt. A fistful of sugar. A half liter of water. It's a recipe 8-year-old Mee Akter recites easily while squeezing and scooping her tiny fingers through the air..." More »
FDA Tobacco Panelists Challenged - 4/30/2010
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected a request by cigarette giant Philip Morris USA to remove four members of a key tobacco-products advisory panel that the company said had..." More »
Soccer in the Streets - 4/28/2010
"Hundreds of families turned out in Huntington Park on April 18 for “Soccer in the Streets,” a community-wide soccer game and health fair that promotes fitness and nutrition for youths, sponsored in part by USC..." More »
Winning the Worm War - 4/28/2010
"Since ancient times, one of the world’s most terrifying ailments has been caused by what the Bible calls 'the fiery serpent,' now known as Guinea worm..." More »
Study: Most in US Exposed to Dangerous Pollution - 4/28/2010
"While air quality is improving in many U.S. cities, 175 million people — more than half the population — are still living in areas where the air is often too dangerous to breathe, a new report finds..." More »
El futbol, promotor de salud - 4/27/2010
"Por años, el Día Internacional de la Salud se ha centrado en cómo protegerla frente al cambio climático o la seguridad sanitaria internacional..." More »
Congratulations Global Health and Business Winners - 4/24/2010
Congratulations to winners of USC Marshall's Undergraduate Student Presentation Competition sponsored by CIBER and undertaken in conjunction with the Institute for Global Health and select Marshall BUAD 302 sections. More »
The Global Phones-to-Toilets Ratio - 4/22/2010
"Right now, India has more cell phones than toilets. That's the headline buzzing over the wires today, thanks to the latest phones-to-toilets ratio released by the United Nations. It's certainly a dramatic factoid..." More »
E. coli cases down in 2009, CDC says - 4/20/2010
"Cases of E. coli 0157, a strain of bacteria in the E. coli family that can cause severe food poisoning, dropped significantly in 2009, according to surveillance data for the CDC..." More »
Extremists disguised as military kill 11 in Philippines - 4/13/2010
"Fighting raged between militants and security forces on a southern Philippine island where al Qaeda-linked militants are active, a top Filipino military official said Tuesday..." More »
Gates Foundation Stops Grant to Canadian Research Center - 4/12/2010
The Gates Foundation has withdrawn a $5.2 million grant to a Canadian research center for planned tobacco control work in Africa, after learning that the chairwoman of the center’s board was also a board member for a unit of one of the world’s largest tobacco companies. More »
Daily Bruin - UCLA, USC campaign for urban health - 4/7/2010
"While USC-UCLA Global Health Awareness Week seeks to educate a wide pool of students about the plight of global urban communities, it also incites active service..." More »
USC, UCLA collaborate to host Global Health Awareness Week - 4/7/2010
"Highlighting a week of events focused on global health, USC will host a health career fair Thursday to help students realize that there are opportunities in global healt..." More »
First Conference on Military Families Held - 4/5/2010
"The USC School of Social Work convened its first military social work conference for more than 25 multidisciplinary scholars at the USC San Diego Academic Center on March 4 to explore collaborative military family-themed research opportunities." More »
Neon Tommy - Exhibit Ties Public Health With Public Diplomacy - 4/5/2010
"Public Diplomacy student Paul S. Rockower illustrates the connection between public diplomacy and public health in the photography exhibit 'A Focus on Global Health.'" More »
5 key things to remember about health care reform - 4/1/2010
"What? Really? You don't understand the new health care reform legislation? You find yourself confused?..." More »
F.D.A. to Examine Menthol Cigarettes - 3/30/2010
"The new federal advisory board for tobacco regulation plans to meet for the first time Tuesday in Washington..." More »
Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction - 3/30/2010
"Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive..." More »
Rebels kill, kidnap hundreds in remote Congo area - 3/29/2010
"A December rampage that killed hundreds in the Democratic Republic of Congo went largely unreported because of lack of communications in the remote area, a United Nations official said Sunday. The Lord's Resistance Army carried out the brutal campaign..." More »
How Cellphones Change Lives - 3/25/2010
"Access to a mobile phone can raise a woman’s income and give her the power to send her daughters to school. Cherie Blair on why the developing world’s women should be talking and texting..." More »
Man fatally stabs 8 schoolchildren in China - 3/23/2010
"A man stabbed eight children to death and wounded five others at an elementary school in eastern China..." More »
10 Afghans killed in suicide attack on market - 3/22/2010
"Ten Afghan civilians were killed and seven others were wounded in a suicide attack Sunday in in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, a provincial spokesman said. Dawoud Ahmadi said the attack was targeting an Afghan National Army vehicle..." More »
Three strong earthquakes strike Chile in quick succession - 3/11/2010
"Three strong earthquakes rocked Chile on Thursday, causing significant damage in at least one city, the country's newly inaugurated president said Thursday. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit at 11:39 a.m. local time (9:39 a.m. ET), followed by a 6.7-magnitude quake 16 minutes later..." More »
Shortcomings in Comparative Effectiveness Drug Research - 3/9/2010
"An analysis by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has found that only 32 percent of medication studies published in top medical journals compare the effectiveness of existing treatments. These studies, known as comparative effectiveness studies..." More »
Aid effort mounted for Turkish quake victims - 3/9/2010
"Disaster officials rushed food and shelter to southeastern Turkey on Tuesday after a strong earthquake rattled the area a day earlier, killing at least 51 people and injuring dozens more..." More »
Taliban claims responsibility for suicide blast - 3/8/2010
"The Taliban said Monday it was behind a suicide bombing in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore that killed 13 people and wounded 113 others..." More »
In search of an earthquake-proof building - 3/3/2010
It's a sobering fact: Earthquakes alone don't kill people; collapsed buildings do. But can people engineer buildings that wouldn't crumble when subjected to the rumblings of the Earth? More »
Former Rwandan leader's wife faces genocide charges - 3/2/2010
"The widow of former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose assassination sparked the 1994 genocide, was arrested Tuesday in Paris on a Rwandan warrant..." More »
More than 2 million affected by earthquake, Chile's president says - 3/1/2010
"As the sun set in Chile on Saturday, a picture of the immense structural damage wrought by an early morning earthquake had come clearly into focus, with the nation's president..." More »
Leaders of Iran, Syria stand united against U.S. influence - 2/25/2010
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that a new Middle East -- one "without Zionists and without colonialists" -- was quickly emerging as regional bonds grow stronger by the day. The hard-line leader made the comments after a meeting with..." More »
Big Tobacco & the Historians - 2/25/2010
"Last summer Robert Proctor, a Stanford professor who studies the history of tobacco, was surprised to receive court papers accusing him of witness tampering and witness intimidation..." More »
New Research Fuels 'Test and Treat' Debate - 2/22/2010
"New research could bolster arguments for a controversial approach that could eradicate HIV transmission in South Africa within five years, said Dr Brian Williams of..." More »
California lawmaker introduces soda tax bill - 2/18/2010
"The bill, introduced by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, would slap a 1-cent levy on every teaspoon of added sugar and other caloric sweeteners in commercial beverages sold. The tax would be paid by companies that bottle soda..." More »
HIV drugs prevent infection in African study - 2/17/2010
"People across Africa who took AIDS drugs were far less likely to infect their partners with the virus, researchers said on Wednesday..." More »
Turkish delegates visited USC - 2/16/2010
"Turkish delegates visited USC on February 10, 2010 and met with the students and faculty of the Univerisity of Southern California Institute for Prevention Research to foster global relationships and opportunities for future research and study." More »
The USC Global Architecture Brigade Successfully Completes First Project in Panama - 2/9/2010
"Students at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture in collaboration with the non-profit organization have begun an international project in Panama..." More »
More than 1,000 get mumps in New York, New Jersey since August - 2/8/2010
"More than 1,000 people in New Jersey and New York, many of them adolescent Orthodox Jews, have been sickened with mumps since August, health authorities said Monday..." More »
Pakistani Taliban claim bombing that killed 3 Americans - 2/4/2010
"The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Thursday for Wednesday's deadly attack, now thought to be a suicide bombing, in northwestern Pakistan that killed three U.S. military service members...." More »
Malaria vaccine is in the works - 2/2/2010
"A vaccine against malaria to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children a year could be available as early as 2012 according to African scientists who are testing the new drug...." More »
Gates Foundation Pledges $10 Billion For Vaccines - 1/29/2010
"The $34 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is more than doubling its vaccine portfolio already its largest focus..." More »
Iran sentences 11 demonstrators to death - 1/28/2010
"Tehran's Revolutionary Court sentenced 11 people to death after convicting them of participating in post-election riots, state media reported Thursday..." More »
Haiti Relief Efforts Cannot Afford to Overlook Reproductive Health Needs - 1/28/2010
"During this time of displacement, the health and lives of Haiti’s women and girls—many of whom were already in a precarious situation because of poverty or low social status—are threatened by severe living conditions, including the virtual absence of reproductive health services...." More »
Almost Half of Injured Haitians Are Children - 1/28/2010
"A statistical study by a specialist group at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and USC indicates that the victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake include an extraordinarily high number of children..." More »
WHO defends its swine flu warning - 1/26/2010
"The World Health Organization (WHO) has defended its handling of the swine flu pandemic last year, after the Council of Europe cast doubt on its actions..." More »
France MPs' report backs Muslim face veil ban - 1/26/2010
"A French parliamentary committee has recommended a partial ban on women wearing Islamic face veils..." More »
Study: Most Darfur Deaths Due to Disease, Not Violence - 1/26/2010
"A new study on the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region finds that at least 80 percent of deaths in the war were caused by disease rather than violence..." More »
Bodies found from Ethiopian Airlines crash - 1/25/2010
"British, French and Cypriot aircraft joined rescue crews searching the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon on Monday where an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed with 90 people aboard..." More »
Haitian quake toll could hit 300,000 - 1/25/2010
"The Haitian Government has raised the confirmed earthquake death toll to 150,000 and said the figure could double as reports from outside the capital are collated..." More »
Nightmare in Haiti: Untreated Illness and Injury - 1/20/2010
"A strong aftershock rattled Haiti once again on Wednesday, causing even more physical damage and further traumatizing the jittery population..." More »
Haiti's tent cities offer respite, stoke fears - 1/19/2010
"In the best of times, the Champs de Mars square in downtown Port-au-Prince was an awe-inspiring sight for Haitians. The broad boulevard was home to the majestic presidential palace, the seat of the country's power and prestige..." More »
Screen children early to identify obesity - 1/18/2010
"To help combat an emerging national epidemic, pediatricians should screen children as young as 6 for obesity and refer them to intensive weight-loss programs that focus on diet, physical activity and behavioral counseling, an influential government advisory panel said today..." More »
Money needed most in Haiti earthquake relief efforts - 1/15/2010
"As relief assistance continues in Haiti, agencies are asking people for money, not material goods, to keep those efforts going. .." More »
Judge:FDA Has No Authority Over Electronic Cigarettes - 1/14/2010
"A U.S. judge said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't have authority to regulate electronic cigarettes, dealing a blow to the agency's efforts to regulate tobacco products as drugs or devices..." More »
Haiti: Some ways to help - 1/14/2010
"Many of us are looking for ways to help the people of Haiti, even from far away. Here are some resources: The State Department's DipNote blog writes that "for those interesting in helping immediately, simply text'" More »
Is climate change making us sick? - 1/14/2010
"The answer is yes, and a geographically based approach can help fight diseases such as malaria and swine flu..." More »
Haiti appeals for aid; officials fear 100,000 dead after earthquake - 1/13/2010
"Rescue workers struggled to clear rubble and bodies Wednesday from the streets of Haiti's "flattened" capital, where government officials said the death toll from Tuesday's" More »
Doctors Bring Medical Care to Tijuana Slum - 1/12/2010
"Healing Hearts Across Borders is a group of Southern California medical volunteers who help one of Mexico's poorest communities..." More »
Some immunity building up against pandemic flu-WHO - 1/8/2010
"Southern hemisphere countries struck by H1N1 flu last year are now broadly protected against new infections, the World Health Organisation said on Friday..." More »
Scientists unlock genetic code in major cancer breakthrough - 12/17/2009
"The entire genetic codes of two common types of cancer have been cracked, according to scientists, who say the breakthrough could unlock a new era in the treatment of deadly diseases..." More »
WHO wants health issues at heart of climate talks - 12/17/2009
"The World Health Organization (WHO) held a "side event" for public health officials in Copenhagen, Thursday, in an effort to put public health at the center of the climate-change debate..." More »
Activists arrested in Copenhagen protests - 12/16/2009
"Danish police made around 250 arrests in Copenhagen Wednesday morning as an organized demonstration against the U.N. climate talks converged on the Bella Center ahead of crucial negotiations at the COP15 summit..." More »
Residents flee as Philippines volcano threatens to erupt - 12/15/2009
"Philippines authorities Tuesday started evacuating about 50,000 people living around the island nation's most active volcano after it oozed fiery lava and belched clouds of ash..." More »
Health Care Reform: What Happened to Cost Controls? - 12/14/2009
"Pretty much everyone agrees that the health care legislation now making its way through both houses of Congress would do some things well..." More »
AIDS prevention gel fails in African trials - 12/14/2009
"U.S. drug company Endo Pharmaceuticals' gel designed to prevent infection with the AIDS virus was ineffective in trials in Africa..." More »
USC Receives $3 Million for Stem Cell Training - 12/11/2009
"The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded USC $3 million to support a training program in stem cell biology..." More »
The H1N1 Pandemic: Is a Second Wave Possible? - 12/10/2009
"Since early November, cases of H1N1 have continued to decline nationwide, and scientists keeping track of the numbers say that as pandemics go..." More »
Netherlands reports 6 human deaths from Q fever - 12/10/2009
"he Dutch government said Thursday it will vaccinate all goats and sheep in the country against Q fever and kill many pregnant goats to rein in an outbreak that has caused the deaths of six people in 2009..." More »
Study: Moderate drinking ups risk of breast cancer return - 12/10/2009
"Breast cancer survivors who have just a few alcoholic drinks per week are more likely than women who drink little or no alcohol to see their breast cancer return..." More »
College students encouraged to get H1N1 vaccine - 12/4/2009
"Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that officials would like to see college students inoculated before they head home for Christmas break." More »
The More Things Change… - 12/3/2009
"China's Health Ministry is finally ready to fight AIDS. That alone won't be good enough. Government officials in China, a nation where the response to HIV has long been hampered by a reticence to discuss sexual matters in public, are finally getting real about AIDS. The Ministry of Health's announcement last week that..." More »
Breaking With Past, South Africa Issues Broad AIDS Policy - 12/1/2009
"President Jacob Zuma, taking a concrete step away from the South African government’s previous delays in providing drugs to treat AIDS and prevent women from infecting their newborns..." More »
Vaccine system remains antiquated - 11/24/2009
"New production techniques are mostly years away from being implemented..." More »
Two executed in China over tainted milk - 11/24/2009
"Two people were executed Tuesday in China for their part in a tainted milk scandal that killed at least six babies and sickened about 300,000 others, state-run media reported..." More »
AIDS deaths top 25 mln but infections slow - 11/24/2009
"AIDS has killed 25 million people worldwide but new infections are slowing sharply, the UN said in an annual report on the crisis Tuesday that mixed hope with a warning against complacency...." More »
Dental Hygiene Students Screen for Oral Cancer - 11/23/2009
"Members of the USC School of Dentistry’s Dental Hygiene Class of 2010 provided oral health screenings and tobacco cessation advice for USC students..." More »
New cervical cancer screening guidelines released - 11/20/2009
"The new mammogram recommendations out earlier this week caused quite an uproar. Now comes another change in screening tests for women -- this one for cervical cancer..." More »
U.S. Panel Recommends Delaying Regular Mammograms Until Age 50 - 11/17/2009
"A U.S. government group recommends that women delay getting regular mammograms until age 50, instead of 40, the age at which the American Cancer Society..." More »
North American Diseases Go South of the Border - 11/17/2009
"Patricia Pizarro thought she was a good mother, so she was upset when the pediatrician told her she needed to change how she was raising her son Fernando..." More »
fiber could have a big impact in trimming belly fat among young people - 11/13/2009
"Jaimie Davis found that eating just a little more fiber could have a big impact in trimming belly fat among young people...." More »
WHO: AIDS Leading Cause of Death, Disease in Women - 11/10/2009
"In its first study of women's health around the globe, the World Health Organization said Monday that the AIDS virus is the leading cause of death and disease among women between the ages of 15 and 44...." More »
Floods, mudslides kill scores in El Salvador - 11/9/2009
"At least 130 people have died and dozens are missing after heavy rains triggered flooding and mudslides..." More »
Task force hopes to deliver affordable cancer drugs to developing countries - 11/9/2009
"An international task force has been launched to expand the detection and treatment of cancer in less developed countries..." More »
Malaria’s deadly leap from chimps to humans - 11/9/2009
"One mosquito; one hot-blooded human target; one quick puncture of skin. Most likely, our distant ancestor reacted with no more than a scratch and a shrug..." More »
House Democrats Pass Health-Care Bill - 11/8/2009
""Hours after President Obama exhorted Democratic lawmakers to 'answer the call of history,' the House hit an unprecedented milestone on the path to health-care reform..." More »
Rise in obesity among children in England may be slowing - 11/6/2009
"The rate of increase in the number of children who are obese or overweight may be starting to slow, shows a new analysis of the latest data...." More »
Reducing the burden of malnutrition in Bangladesh - 11/6/2009
"Although the prevalence of childhood malnutrition in Bangladesh has fallen substantially from 68% in the late 1980s to 41% in 2007, the rate of decline is not sufficient to achieve the UN millennium development goal target ..." More »
Millions die because of high malaria drug prices - 11/2/2009
"Nearly a million people die from malaria each year because they cannot afford the most effective treatment and instead... " More »
Dr Michael Goran Awarded 2009 Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research Award - 11/2/2009
"Dr Michael Goran, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics and Pediatrics, was awarded the 2009... " More »
Samet Addresses International Health Concerns - 11/2/2009
"Jonathan Samet, holder of the Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, reached an international audience with messages about global health during two sessions at USC’s 2009 Global Conference in Taiwan...." More »
Sweet Spot: How Sugary-Cereal Makers Target Kids - 10/30/2009
"Before food politics became a Wikipedia entry and the title of a book, before anyone cared about trans fat or realized we were in the midst of a pediatric-obesity epidemic, Lucky Charms were simply magically delicious..." More »
In China, too, a health-care system in disarray - 10/29/2009
"Despite recent reforms, 300 million lack insurance-and gaps in care quality grow. BEIJING-Shen Baohou, 72, who once worked for a hydropower station in Sichuan..." More »
Drinking their way to early death - 10/29/2009
"ALCOHOL is a factor in the deaths of one in seven young people, kills 3430 people a year and causes accidents and injury that put 80,000 Australians..." More »
Experts Want African Aid Funds Channelled Away from HIV - 10/29/2009
"Top scientists are demanding a controversial overhaul of health spending in Africa, arguing that the billions of pounds targeted at HIV during the past 20 years have led to a neglect..." More »
FACTBOX-World's leading global health risks - 10/27/2009
"Tackling five health factors could prevent millions of premature deaths and increase global life expectancy by almost 5 years, the United Nations World..." More »
U.S. aid saves lives but few know, Bill Gates says - 10/27/2009
"Foreign aid may provide the best value for money spent by the U.S. government, Bill and Melinda Gates said on Tuesday, but few seem to know it..." More »
Maternal mortality: why so many mothers die giving birth - 10/26/2009
"Health ministers from around the world have been meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss ways to stop hundreds of thousands of women dying needlessly during pregnancy and childbirth every year..." More »
Nigeria: Help for Fighting Malaria - 10/23/2009
"In its largest single malaria undertaking, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Friday that Nigeria would receive grants worth $285 million over two years to distribute 30 million antimalarial bed nets..." More »
Lack of innovative treatments for Chagas disease, Latin America's silent killer - 10/23/2009
"Better diagnosis and treatment are needed to combat Chagas, a little-known disease that affects up to 15 million people worldwide and kills an estimated 14,000 each year..." More »
Investigational drug may promote weight loss - 10/23/2009
"A medication that is under review by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes may also promote weight loss, according to a study published online..." More »
FDA warns: Swine flu scams lurk on the Internet - 10/22/2009
"Air "sterilizers." A photon machine. Supplement pills to boost the immune system. Protective shampoos and face masks. Even fake Tamiflu..." More »
'Jade Goody effect' boosts cervical cancer screening rates - 10/22/2009
"Jade Goody's high-profile battle with cervical cancer helped to dramatically reverse the downward trend in women going for screening, figures showed today..." More »
Ambulances to Charge Extra for Obese Patients - 10/22/2009
"The memory still bothers Ken Keller: A panicked ambulance crew had a critically ill patient, but the man weighed more than 1,000 pounds and could not fit inside the vehicle..." More »
H1N1: Swine Flu's Collateral Health Benefits in Bolivia - 10/22/2009
"If any good has come of the global H1N1 flu pandemic, it may have started with a child like Nayeli Quispe..." More »
Childhood vaccines at all-time high, but access not yet equitable - 10/21/2009
"Reversing a downward trend, immunization rates are now at their highest ever and vaccine development worldwide is booming..." More »
AIDS Vaccine Seen as Modest Help - 10/20/2009
Fresh results from the world's first successful test of an experimental AIDS vaccine confirm that it is only marginally effective and suggest that its protection against HIV infection may wane over time. More »
U.S., Mexico face shortage of H1N1 flu vaccine - 10/17/2009
"Production is running behind, the CDC says. In Mexico, response to the outbreak is more muted than in the spring..." More »
Players Kick Off World Cup Anti-Malaria Fight - 10/17/2009
"Footballers are teaming up with governments, companies and international health campaigners to push for action against malaria ahead of next year's World Cup finals in South Africa..." More »
ShakeOut Drill a Success at USC - 10/16/2009
"Approximately 300 volunteers participated in a USC earthquake drill held on the Health Sciences campus on Oct. 15..." More »
Israel: Blog Action Day for the Environment - 10/16/2009
"As bloggers around the world geared up for October 15 to write about climate change and the environment, the Israeli blogosphere focused on a different date..." More »
Global Health: Can Condoms Combat Climate Change? - 10/16/2009
"As scientists and policymakers search for high-tech ways to fight climate change, a proposed low-tech solution is creating controversy — contraception..." More »
GlobeMed at USC: Join the movement, be the change. - 10/15/2009
GlobeMed at USC is participating in the Imagine 2030 Facebook Giving Challenge that will take place from 10/13 to 11/6. Their goal is to get as many $10 donations in order to win $50,000 that will go straight to their health projects around world. Find out more... More »
USC Professors Join the Institute of Medicine - 10/15/2009
"USC professors Mark Humayun and Dana Goldman have been named to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine..." More »
Behind the Rising Doubts About Hailed AIDS Vaccine - 10/13/2009
"It is an emotional cycle familiar to most AIDS-vaccine researchers: the high of finally making measurable headway against HIV..." More »
Bans 'do not cut abortion rate' - 10/13/2009
"Restricting the availability of legal abortion does not appear to reduce the number of women trying to end unwanted pregnancies, a major report suggests..." More »
Poorer nations get swine flu jabs - 10/12/2009
"About 100 developing nations will begin receiving donations of the vaccine against swine flu as early as November, the World Health Organization says. Millions of doses..." More »
Take a deep breath -- more bad news on air pollution - 10/12/2009
"The consequences of breathing bad air is linked to appendicitis and ear infections, new studies indicate. It's easy to see how air pollution would affect respiratory disease: You breathe in smog-filled miasma all day and the ozone, other noxious gases..." More »
Millions will starve as rich nations cut food aid funding - 10/11/2009
"Tens of millions of the world's poor will have their food rations cut or cancelled in the next few weeks because rich countries have slashed aid funding..." More »
Seeking safe passage: Curing a public epidemic - 10/10/2009
"Every year, scores of Chicago children are shot, knifed and beaten on the city streets. Almost as frequently, new policing strategies are rolled out, anti-violence programs..." More »
Calorie Postings Don’t Change Habits, Study Finds - 10/10/2009
"A study of New York City’s pioneering law on posting calories in restaurant chains suggests that when it comes to deciding what to order, people’s stomachs are more powerful than their brains..." More »
How to Stop the Counterfeit-Medicine Drugs Trade - 10/10/2009
"The next time you're tempted to buy Viagra, Lipitor or some other medication online, ponder this: there's a high likelihood that what you buy will be fake. The pill or vaccine may contain a much..." More »
Energy drinks well over limit - 10/10/2009
"Energy drink manufacturers are exploiting a legal loophole and selling over-the-counter products with unsafe levels of caffeine..." More »
D’oh! Homer Simpson to teach us healthy living - 10/10/2009
"HOMER SIMPSON is known for munching doughnuts and swigging beer, but the Department of Health has decided that his family’s lifestyle is healthy enough to enlist them in an anti-obesity campaign..." More »
Male, white-collar, in mid-30s - NHS gambling centre reveals typical addict - 10/10/2009
"The corrosive effect of “problem gambling” on the educated middle classes is revealed today in an audit from the country’s first NHS gambling centre..." More »
India pregnancy deaths 'needless' - 10/9/2009
"Tens of thousands of women die in India during pregnancy or childbirth or soon after giving birth, a new report says..." More »
More rain sends Filipinos to the rooftops - 10/9/2009
"After one dam collapses, Philippines officials release a wall of water from the San Roque dam, part of Pangasinan province's major river system. New flooding has put 60% of the province underwater." More »
President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize - 10/9/2009
"The Nobel committee notes 'his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.'" More »
Obesity and mental health linked - 10/9/2009
"People with mental health problems are likely to avoid gyms and physical exercise due to embarrassment and fear of being judged, a survey has found.The Scottish Association for Mental Health..." More »
New rules, new smoke signals - 10/9/2009
"Color shift called trick to subvert word ban. The cigarettes in the royal blue package aren’t Pall Mall Lights anymore. Now, they’re called Pall Mall Blues. Salem Lights, once sheathed in a kelly green box, are now cloaked in pastels and white..." More »
Two million slum children die every year as India booms - 10/8/2009
"Save the Children says state-run health system is failing to give skilled care to poor. India's growing status as an economic superpower is masking a failure..." More »
In Guatemala, drought leaves hundreds suffering from malnutrition - 10/8/2009
"ALAPA, Guatemala -- Some children check in. Others don't get to. Those who make it to the Nicolasa Cruz hospital do so because a parent..." More »
Carter seeks to boost Caribbean malaria fight - 10/7/2009
"Former President Jimmy Carter traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to meet political leaders, health workers and malaria victims Wednesday in hopes of jump-starting efforts to eradicate the disease..." More »
Vaccines for drug addiction show promise - 10/6/2009
"A cocaine vaccine reduced use in 38% of addicts, according to a new study. Nicotine, heroin and methamphetamine vaccines are in the works." More »
HIV Vaccine Possibility After Scientists Rebuild Camouflage Mechanism - 10/5/2009
"A critical camouflage mechanism that allows HIV to hide from the body's defences and foil immunisations has been rebuilt..." More »
Indonesia Shifts From Rescue to Recovery - 10/5/2009
"LUBUK LAWEK, Indonesia — The arrival of heavy machinery in this tiny village on Monday allowed search teams to reach deeper into a region devastated by a series of landslides..." More »
Three Americans Share Nobel Prize for Medicine - 10/5/2009
"The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded this year to three American scientists who solved a problem of cell biology with deep relevance to cancer and aging. The three will..." More »
Overweight mothers linked to infant heart defects - 10/2/2009
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women who are overweight or obese when they get pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with congenital heart defects..." More »
Better Strategy Needed to Stop TB in Africa, Says Doctor - 10/1/2009
"In southern Africa, TB infection rates are rising rapidly. And it may be a result of conditions similar to those that existed many years ago in the West..." More »
Indonesia Quake Kills Hundreds and Traps Many More - 10/1/2009
"PADANG, Indonesia -- At least 777 people were dead and an unknown number of people remained buried under rubble a day..." More »
CHAD: Acute malnutrition high in eastern town - 10/1/2009
"Aid workers are looking at how to boost children’s nutrition and overall health in eastern Chad’s main city, Abéché, after a survey revealed that 20.6 percent..." More »
Senate panel rejects public insurer option - 9/30/2009
"Action puts focus on co-op proposals. WASHINGTON - A key Senate committee yesterday turned back attempts to include a public insurance option in its sweeping health care..." More »
Pregnant smoking 'psychosis link' - 9/30/2009
"Mothers who smoke during pregnancy put their children at greater risk of psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, a study..." More »
USC to Generate Data for Cancer Genome - 9/30/2009
"The USC Epigenome Center has been awarded a $10.4 million National Cancer Institute grant that is expected to pave the way for more effective treatment and diagnosis for cancer patients." More »
UN takes on sexual violence in war zones - 9/30/2009
"UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning sexual violence in war zones, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton..." More »
U.N. Cites Global Rise in Detection and Treatment of AIDS - 9/30/2009
"JOHANNESBURG — The number of people being tested for H.I.V. more than doubled in dozens of countries last year, improving detection of AIDS and contributing..." More »
Daily sweets 'linked to violence' - 9/30/2009
"Children who eat sweets and chocolate every day are more likely to be violent as adults, according to UK researchers..." More »
EPA wants more oversight on chemicals - 9/30/2009
"Tens of thousands of chemicals found in everyday items, from toys and cell phones to food containers and medical..." More »
Stress and Pollution Up Risk for Children - 9/29/2009
"Children with stressed-out parents may be more susceptible to developing asthma associated with environmental triggers such as high levels of..." More »
Benefits of Healthy Kids Program - 9/29/2009
"A program that provides health care coverage to uninsured children saved Los Angeles County health facilities more than $37 million..." More »
First swine flu shots shipped - 9/29/2009
"The first injectable vaccines against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus have been shipped..." More »
How a Tax Can Cut Health Costs - 9/29/2009
"Slowing the growth of medical spending should, in principle, be one of the more popular parts of health reform. Health care already costs the typical household..." More »
Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims Who Travel to Mecca This Fall Will Get an Oral Polio Vaccine on Arrival - 9/28/2009
"Saudi Arabia has announced that everyone arriving for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in November will have to swallow a dose of oral polio vaccine under the eyes of health..." More »
Pancreatic cancer: Hard to diagnose, even harder to treat - 9/28/2009
"Though several drug trials have failed, research is continuing. When actor Patrick Swayze died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer, it put a famous face..." More »
Scientists Puzzle Over Minor Success Of AIDS Vaccine - 9/24/2009
"An experiment in Thailand involving more than 16,000 men and women has demonstrated for the first time a small but measurable protective effect..." More »
USC Launches Health Care Reporting Project - 9/22/2009
"The USC Annenberg School for Communication has announced a partnership with the California HealthCare Foundation to do in-depth reporting on health policy issues throughout the state." More »
Travelers’ Fee Can Help Fight Diseases - 9/22/2009
"A United Nations program that has raised $1.2 billion over the past three years for the treatment of H.I.V./AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis through a small fee..." More »
On the children's menu: dangerous levels of salt - 9/22/2009
"Children's menu items at popular restaurant chains across Canada contain dangerously high amounts of sodium – in many cases, enough to raise a child's..." More »
Report: 35 million-plus worldwide have dementia - 9/21/2009
WASHINGTON – More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia... More »
Report: Alzheimer's cases to nearly double every 20 years - 9/21/2009
"The number of people with dementia globally is estimated to nearly double every 20 years, according to a report released Monday for World Alzheimer's Day." More »
Born to be Big - 9/21/2009
"Early exposure to common chemicals may be programming kids to be fat.It's easy enough to find culprits in the nation's epidemic of obesity, starting with tubs of buttered popcorn at the multiplex and McDonald's 1,220-calorie deluxe breakfasts..." More »
Nigeria: Fake Drugs - China Apologises to The Government - 9/21/2009
"Abuja — Following cases of importation of unwholesome drugs into Nigeria by Chinese companies, China has formally apologised for flooding the country with such harmful products." More »
Smoking, high cholestrol and blood pressure 'cut 10 years off your life' - 9/18/2009
"High cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking could shorten your life by a decade, researchers have warned. The three risk factors combined cut life expectancy..." More »
Vaccine Doses for Swine Flu Coming Sooner Than Expected - 9/18/2009
"More than three million doses of swine flu vaccine will be available by the first week of October, a little earlier than had been anticipated, federal health officials announced Friday." More »
A Shot at Cancer - 9/15/2009
"Back in 1999, two researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) received a long-awaited green light to launch separate studies on cancer care. Six months..." More »
Leaving No Scars Behind - 9/15/2009
"For the first time in Southern California, urologic surgeons at the Keck School of Medicine of the USC Institute of Urology and USC-affiliated Childrens Hospital Los Angeles performed “belly-button” single-port..." More »
Hand-Washing Won’t Stop H1N1 - 9/15/2009
"While hand-washing has been shown to be a great defense against the common cold and other respiratory diseases, it might not actually be that helpful against the influenza virus, including the H1N1 strain." More »
Sickle-Cell Anemia: Vaccines in Wealthy Countries May Save Lives of Children in Africa, Study Suggests - 9/14/2009
"In Africa, more than 90 percent of children with sickle-cell anemia die before their illness is diagnosed." More »
Colleges Seeing Lots of Early Flu: Area Campuses Report No Deaths Tied to Outbreak - 9/14/2009
"Flu has hit early and hard on campuses in the Washington region, spawning, at last count, 435 cases of flulike illness" More »
Medikidz comic heroes to help children understand diseases and treatment - 9/14/2009
"A team of comic-book superheroes living inside the human body is to be used to help children understand complex diseases..." More »
Hospitals urged to strictly enforce hand-washing - 9/11/2009
"The president of a leading medical standards organization announced a new program Thursday that is designed to improve health care safety practices, More »
With His Top Priority on the Line, President Reframes Critical Debate - 9/10/2009
"After a month of angry town hall meetings and dire predictions about the state of his top domestic priority, President Obama moved forcefully Wednesday night to take the initiative on health care More »
Child Mortality Rate Declines Globally - 9/10/2009
"The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays each year has fallen below nine million for the first time on record, a significant milestone in the global effort to improve children’s chances More »
Uganda: Why HIV/Aids Fight is at a Standstill - 9/5/2009
"The HIV prevalence rate has stagnated at 6.2 per cent for the last three years. Despite its international reputation More »
2,000 Washington State Students Report Signs of Swine Flu - 9/5/2009
SEATTLE — At least 2,000 students at Washington State University have reported symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus, university and local health officials said, in what appeared to be one of the More »
UN warns over swine flu in birds - 8/27/2009
"The discovery of swine flu in birds in Chile raises concerns about the spread of the virus, the UN warns." More »
Changes Linked to Prenatal Smoke Exposure - 8/25/2009
A new study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has found that the lifelong effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy may occur through specific changes in DNA patterns. More »
Changes Linked to Prenatal Smoke Exposure - 8/25/2009
"A new study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has found that the lifelong effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy may occur through specific changes in DNA patterns." More »
Africa—Yes, Africa—Has an Obesity Problem - 8/24/2009
Do permissive attitudes about weight contribute to the rise in rampant fatness? More »
Africa—Yes, Africa—Has an Obesity Problem - 8/24/2009
"Do permissive attitudes about weight contribute to the rise in rampant fatness?" More »
Rep. Schiff Sizes Up Health Reform - 8/19/2009
"The Keck School of Medicine of USC brought a hot topic to the table on Aug. 18 when it presented a health care reform discussion with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-29th Congressional District)." More »
Alcohol, Hepatitis C: Dangerous Cocktail - 2/26/2009
"A new study led by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC found that drinking alcohol greatly increases the chances that a patient infected by the hepatitis C virus will develop a common type of liver cancer." More »
Nuke fears rise as Iran ramps up uranium enrichment - 1/1/0001
"Iran began enriching uranium Tuesday to the threshold at which it could set off a nuclear reaction, following through on a warning it had issued a day before, state media said..." More »