A senior U.S diplomat in Myanmar said Wednesday that the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Nargis could reach 100,000, as disease outbreaks remain a threat and some aid groups face difficulty gaining access to the country. A United Nations official discusses efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the military-ruled country. Continue reading
Biomarkers, changes in a protein that indicate the progression of a disease, hold promise for different fields of medicine. NewsHour health correspondent Susan Dentzer reports on the use of biomarkers in the early detection of cancer. Continue reading
Results of two studies conducted in Africa show that circumcision can cut the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men by 50 percent. Meanwhile the Bush administration is launching a new anti-malaria initiative. An expert discusses combating these diseases and the role of international organizations. Continue reading
A Mt. Sinai report found 60 percent of Sept. 11 first responders who breathed contaminated dust and smoke at the World Trade Center attack site now suffer from respiratory problems. The NewsHour reports on lingering health problems and help given to the aid workers. Continue reading
The NewsHour’s Economics Correspondent Paul Solman reports on the effectiveness of foreign aid in reducing proverty. Continue reading
An estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and the number is expected to triple within 10 years. Families of patients are making efforts to push the private and public sectors toward finding better treatments.