public health

  • drjoanneliu
    September 2, 2014  

    A public health official warned that “the window is closing” to keep the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa from spreading to other regions. Meanwhile, another American doctor in Monrovia, Liberia, was reported to have tested positive for the virus. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports on a chaotic scene in Monrovia Monday, involving a man who fled from a quarantine center. Continue reading

  • ebola
    August 29, 2014  

    The Ebola virus has now reached a fifth country. Officials announced a Guinean student in Senegal was confirmed to have the disease. Meanwhile, a new report traces the deadly outbreak to a funeral in Guinea near the Sierra Leone border. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Stephen Gire of Harvard University about his on-the-ground experience in Sierra Leone and the latest on how the virus has spread. Continue reading

  • rwanda-3
    May 29, 2014  

    The public health transformation in Rwanda is striking for those with memories of the massacre of nearly one million people 20 years ago. International aid groups were initially wary about getting involved, but Rwanda took ownership of its own development and built a new health care system. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores how they’ve worked to overcome a shortage of doctors. Continue reading

  • Mexico2
    May 25, 2014  

    With obesity levels rivaling those seen in the United States, Mexico has launched a rigorous campaign to combat the epidemic, including taxes on sugary drinks and other high-calorie snack foods. How well is that strategy is working — and what lessons can U.S. policy makers learn from their Mexican counterparts? Continue reading

  • heroin2
    February 3, 2014  

    Heroin is chemically almost identical to prescription painkillers. But the illegal drug is more dangerous and much cheaper than regulated opiates. Jeffrey Brown talks to National Drug Control Policy director R. Gil Kerlikowske and Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quinones about why heroin use in America has doubled since 2007 and the deadly consequences for users and addicts.
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  • HEROIN_CRISIS__vermont_monitor
    January 9, 2014  

    Gov. Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address to a "full-blown heroin crisis" ravaging Vermont. Shumlin joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his shift in focus on the issue of opiate addiction and Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post offers context on why heroin has made a major comeback in the United States. Continue reading

  • Malakwal City
    December 30, 2013  

    Seeds are big business in Hawaii, where large biotech companies develop genetically modified crops. Megan Thompson reports on a battle being waged on the island of Kauai by residents who say growing practices like pesticide use are hazardous to public health. Continue reading

  • February 22, 2013  

    So far in the first two months of this year, gun deaths in Chicago have already outpaced last year’s explosive rate. Elizabeth Brackett of PBS member station WTTW explores the escalating public health crisis in Chicago due to the high rates of gun violence. Continue reading

  • June 7, 2012  

    As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes banning extra-large sugar drinks from public venues, the city of Richmond, Calif., may be poised to go further than any other government in the U.S. with a new tax on soda. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on a controversial public health campaign to combat obesity and diabetes. Continue reading

  • May 4, 2012  

    In other news Friday, a teenage suicide bomber killed some 20 people and wounded 40 at a marketplace near the Afghan border. Five victims were local members of the Pakistani security force. Also, Syrian forces opened fire on protesters in Aleppo, killing a teenager and wounding almost 30 others. Continue reading