Jason Beaubien http://wmuk.org en Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat http://wmuk.org/post/stopping-microbes-not-missiles-us-plans-next-global-threat Spot the next plague before it arrives. Predict the next swine flu outbreak before it makes headlines. Even detect a biological weapon before it's launched.<p>These are the goals of an ambitious initiative, launched Thursday, to build a worldwide surveillance system for infectious diseases.<p>Spearheaded by the U.S. government, the <a href="http://www.globalhealth.gov/global-health-topics/global-health-security/index.html">Global Health Security Agenda</a> brings together 26 countries, the World Health Organization and several other international group. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 12329 at http://wmuk.org Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide http://wmuk.org/post/global-cancer-cases-rising-alarming-rate-worldwide As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.<p>There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization <a href="http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2014/pdfs/pr224_E.pdf">reported</a> Monday. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 12128 at http://wmuk.org Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia http://wmuk.org/post/simple-cheap-health-remedies-cut-child-mortality-ethiopia Poor countries are starting to realize something that richer ones sometimes forget: Basic, inexpensive measures can have dramatic impacts on the health of a country. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 11436 at http://wmuk.org Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 http://wmuk.org/post/nelson-mandela-inspiration-world-dies-95 Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.<p>President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.<p>From his childhood as a herd boy, Mandela went on to lead the African National Congress' struggle against the racially oppressive, apartheid regime of South Africa. For his efforts, he spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:09:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 10836 at http://wmuk.org Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 A Chronic Problem In Disaster Zones: No Fuel http://wmuk.org/post/chronic-problem-disaster-zones-no-fuel In the wake of any natural disaster, there are almost always shortages of fuel. Even in the United States, gas stations shut down during blackouts because there's no electricity to run their pumps.<p>It was no different in the Philippines, where practically no fuel was available after Typhoon Haiyan struck. Aid agencies said the lack of gasoline was a major impediment to relief efforts.<p>One small American nonprofit called the Fuel Relief Fund is trying to change that.<p>Immediately after Haiyan hit, all the gas stations in Tacloban were shut, along with everything else. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:38:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 10462 at http://wmuk.org A Chronic Problem In Disaster Zones: No Fuel