Nick Turse

pulitzercenter:

“Journalist Amy Goodman once offered this advice to reporters: Go to where the silence is, and say something. I’m sure when I get to these places they won’t be silent–the silence is more a matter of what the rest of the world knows.”

- Pulitzer Center grantee Joanne Silberner wrote this in a post on why she’s reporting on #globalcancer. The stories and interactive map, co-produced by PRI’s The World and the Pulitzer Center, are now live.

The United Nations’ news agency, IRIN, reports on desperate circumstances in the Mbéra refugee camp in eastern Mauritania which is home to 55,000 Malians.  Just under one in five children “is malnourished, and 4.6 percent are severely malnourished - two to three times the national average, according to a just-released November survey by NGO Médecins sans Frontières (MSF).” Children under five “are dying mainly from a combination of malnutrition and malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea, according to MSF head in Mauritania Karl Nawezi, who describes the situation as ‘alarming and unacceptable’”.
For the full story (which you’re unlikely to to read about on the front page of any western paper, much less see on the nightly news) go to: IRIN Africa | MAURITANIA: Refugees face “alarming” malnutrition, mortality rates

The United Nations’ news agency, IRIN, reports on desperate circumstances in the Mbéra refugee camp in eastern Mauritania which is home to 55,000 Malians.  Just under one in five children “is malnourished, and 4.6 percent are severely malnourished - two to three times the national average, according to a just-released November survey by NGO Médecins sans Frontières (MSF).”

Children under five “are dying mainly from a combination of malnutrition and malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea, according to MSF head in Mauritania Karl Nawezi, who describes the situation as ‘alarming and unacceptable’”.

For the full story (which you’re unlikely to to read about on the front page of any western paper, much less see on the nightly news) go to: IRIN Africa | MAURITANIA: Refugees face “alarming” malnutrition, mortality rates

motherjones:


New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.

motherjones:

New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.

pulitzercenter:

“Journalist Amy Goodman once offered this advice to reporters: Go to where the silence is, and say something. I’m sure when I get to these places they won’t be silent–the silence is more a matter of what the rest of the world knows.”

- Pulitzer Center grantee Joanne Silberner wrote this in a post on why she’s reporting on #globalcancer. The stories and interactive map, co-produced by PRI’s The World and the Pulitzer Center, are now live.

The global state of AIDS (INFOGRAPHIC)
good:

Infographic: We’re Running Out of Doctors in the U.S.

Primary-care physicians—the ones who cover comprehensive health needs and provide continuing care for their patients—were once the foundation of a high-value American health care system. But now, family doctors are becoming an endangered breed. Why? Launch Infographic

A collaboration between GOOD + Column Five

good:

Infographic: We’re Running Out of Doctors in the U.S.

Primary-care physicians—the ones who cover comprehensive health needs and provide continuing care for their patients—were once the foundation of a high-value American health care system. But now, family doctors are becoming an endangered breed. Why? Launch Infographic

A collaboration between GOOD + Column Five

UK officials identify new SARS-like virus

breakingnews:

BBC:A new respiratory illness similar to the SARS virus that spread globally in 2003 has been identified in a man being treated in Britain. The 49-year-old man, transferred to London from Qatar, is the second person confirmed to have the coronavirus.

The first case was a patient in Saudi Arabia who died.

Officials are still determining what threat the new virus might pose, while the World Health Organization has not recommended any travel restrictions.

theweekmagazine:

People aren’t the only animals susceptible to the nasty effects of too much ultraviolet light. According to new research published in the journal PLoS One, scientists in Australia have discovered that 15 percent of the trout swimming in the Great Barrier Reef have a visible form of skin cancer, likely from soaking in too much of the sun’s harmful rays.
Keep reading…

theweekmagazine:

People aren’t the only animals susceptible to the nasty effects of too much ultraviolet light. According to new research published in the journal PLoS One, scientists in Australia have discovered that 15 percent of the trout swimming in the Great Barrier Reef have a visible form of skin cancer, likely from soaking in too much of the sun’s harmful rays.

Keep reading…

publicradiointernational:

“Sloth Map” compares rates of inactivity in the population of different countries: Researchers surveyed 122 countries and ranked them by level of exercise, and the top three most “slothful” are somewhat surprising.
The medical journal The Lancet recently released a study that found that levels of physical activity roughly track patterns of development — people in higher income countries were the least active, with those in the UK and the US among the worst.
Researchers say physical inactivity is to blame for 1 out of 10 deaths globally, about the same rate as deaths caused by smoking.
(Image: “Sloth Map” from economist.com)

publicradiointernational:

“Sloth Map” compares rates of inactivity in the population of different countries: Researchers surveyed 122 countries and ranked them by level of exercise, and the top three most “slothful” are somewhat surprising.

The medical journal The Lancet recently released a study that found that levels of physical activity roughly track patterns of development — people in higher income countries were the least active, with those in the UK and the US among the worst.

Researchers say physical inactivity is to blame for 1 out of 10 deaths globally, about the same rate as deaths caused by smoking.

(Image: “Sloth Map” from economist.com)

motherjones:

THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY OF THE DAY:
Florida, the Conservative Utopia: A Low-Service State With High Disease Rates
In late June, Florida’s governor and GOP Legislature shut down the state’s only hospital to treat tuberculosis. At the same time, the state was experiencing the largest outbreak of TB - “consumption” - in America in 20 years. The CDC warned Scott’s health office an epidemic was in the offing. But he never even told the lawmakers who voted to close the hospital, much less Florida’s millions of citizens who are at risk of their lungs melting.
As our Florida correspondent reports, it’s par for the course in the Sunshine State, where even septic-tank inspections are derided as socialism, and conservative lawmakers have cut social services to the bone—and Rick Scott has cut even further, using his line-item veto to slash mercilessly at Legislature-approved spending he deems unimportant.
Scott, for his part, has yet to comment on the TB outbreak in Jacksonville, Miami, and who knows where else. He’s at an air show in London.
Read the whole story and pass it on.

motherjones:

THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY OF THE DAY:

Florida, the Conservative Utopia: A Low-Service State With High Disease Rates

In late June, Florida’s governor and GOP Legislature shut down the state’s only hospital to treat tuberculosis. At the same time, the state was experiencing the largest outbreak of TB - “consumption” - in America in 20 years. The CDC warned Scott’s health office an epidemic was in the offing. But he never even told the lawmakers who voted to close the hospital, much less Florida’s millions of citizens who are at risk of their lungs melting.

As our Florida correspondent reports, it’s par for the course in the Sunshine State, where even septic-tank inspections are derided as socialism, and conservative lawmakers have cut social services to the bone—and Rick Scott has cut even further, using his line-item veto to slash mercilessly at Legislature-approved spending he deems unimportant.

Scott, for his part, has yet to comment on the TB outbreak in Jacksonville, Miami, and who knows where else. He’s at an air show in London.

Read the whole story and pass it on.