May 15, 2006
The Johns Hopkins University is starting an organization to help coordinate efforts to fight global health threats such as AIDS, malaria, avian flu and heart disease. Known as the Center for Global Health, it will integrate work done by three existing Hopkins institutions -- the medical school, the nursing school and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. "The three schools are working together on a project that has real impact," said Dr. Edward D. Miller, dean of the School of Medicine.
November 11, 2012
Every year, health organizations spend millions in the developing world attacking the iron-deficiency disorder known as anemia. They pay special attention to pregnant women, a population highly vulnerable to the disease. Every year, though, 115,000 of those women die in childbirth from anemia-related problems. More than 600,000 infants do the same. "We've known for a long time that maternal anemia is one of the great causes of death in mothers and newborns," said Wendy Taylor, director of the Center for Accelerating Impact and Innovation at the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID.
April 3, 2009
China has called an urgent meeting that could affect your life, and it's not about the global economic crisis - or global warming. Instead, it's about a quiet global health threat that is more disturbing than you probably assume: the silent spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) around the world. Many global health leaders are in Beijing this week trying to draw attention to the danger, including Bill Gates, whose foundation has given billions of dollars to fight diseases; Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization; and senior representatives from more than two dozen nations, including the United States.
March 18, 1994
How critical is the shortage of nursing home beds in Anne Arundel County? So critical that people have been forced to leave their elderly loved ones in an institution that lets patients sit in their own excrement for hours, doesn't administer medicine properly and ignores infections until a patient contracts gangrene.These are just a few of the violations found by state health officials at the 200-bed Wellspring Nursing Center in Glen Burnie; last November, the center was fined $50,000 for "an ongoing pattern of serious or life-threatening deficiencies."
April 1, 2013
As op-ed commentator Richard E. Chaisson wrote recently, "despite the devastation that TB wreaks, it still is not a global health priority" ("Tuberculosis, the forgotten killer," March 24). Just as it was necessary to eradicate smallpox and combat polio in order to protect ourselves, we also need to step up global efforts to control tuberculosis. That's because any TB case is one sneeze away from spreading to someone else, and in the jet age that puts us all at risk. Until recently, it took five or six weeks to determine if a TB case was drug resistant.
May 24, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of people die of malaria every year, most of them in Africa. Dr. Eddy C. Agbo wants people to get diagnosed quickly and easily - right in their homes - so they can seek treatment. The barrier to quick and easy diagnoses is that all available tests require blood. His Baltimore company is readying a version that uses urine - just like a pregnancy test. It should hit the market next year. Agbo, chief executive of Fyodor Biotechnologies, grew up in Nigeria and envisions the malaria test as the first in a line of products that could make an impact in developing countries.