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Opinion: Chronic Disease In Africa; Education Can Help Combat Disease; Climate Change And Health; TB Vaccine

More Studies Needed As Africa’s ‘Chronic-Disease Epidemic Looms’ “An epidemic of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, mental illness, cancer, diabetes, and obesity is growing in Africa, a continent still struggling with infectious and nutritional diseases,” according to a Boston Globe opinion piece by Michelle Holmes and Shona Dalal. Although…

AP Examines Use Of Oral Polio Vaccine In Nigeria, Risk Of Virus Mutation

The Associated Press examines how the oral polio vaccine, “made from a live polio virus — albeit weakened,” is contributing to the spread of the disease in Nigeria. While vaccinated children can pass the virus on to non-immunized children through waste in the water supply, which gives them some protection against polio, “in rare instances, as the virus passes through unimmunized children, it can mutate into a strain dangerous enough to ignite new outbreaks, particularly if immunization rates in the rest of the population are low,” according to the news service.

TIME Examines International Fight Against H1N1

TIME examines the international fight against H1N1 (swine) flu, including current efforts to produce an H1N1 vaccine and prepare the northern hemisphere for the expected surge in infections this fall.

U.S., Mexico, Canada Vow To Work Together Against H1N1

President Obama together with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper “vowed on Monday to fight the spread of the H1N1 swine flu,” during their summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, Reuters reports.

Bloomberg Examines China Plague Cases, Potential For Disease Spread

“Plague-spreading fleas are expanding their territory, putting more people at risk of catching the lethal illness, a WHO official said,” Bloomberg reports, in an article that examines the recent deaths of three people in China from the pneumonic plague.