March 11, 2007
The Colony By John Tayman From 1866 through 1969, the Hawaiian and American governments banished nearly 9,000 leprosy sufferers into exile on a peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Former Outside editor Tayman crafts a tale of fear, endurance and hope in telling the story of these unfortunate victims of ignorance (leprosy is caused by a simple bacterium and isn't nearly as contagious as was long believed). After a smallpox epidemic wiped out a fifth of the Hawaiian population in the 1850s, leprosy was seen as the next cataclysmic threat, and drastic measures were taken.
July 30, 2006
Rise and fall of Joppa A land certificate dated July 28, 1661, shows 300 acres on the north side of the eastern branch of the Gunpowder River laid out for John Taylor, a planter. This tract, known as "Taylor's Choice," became the thriving town of Joppa. Joppa was destined to become the county seat of old Baltimore County from about 1710 or 1712 to 1768. According to The Story of Harford County, the original Joppa was a booming seaport, where ships from Europe and the West Indies brought manufactured goods and took away great quantities of tobacco and corn.
March 4, 2005
The failed smallpox inoculation campaign of two years ago could hinder future efforts to vaccinate volunteers in the event of bioterrorism because federal officials never really explained why thousands needed to be inoculated, experts said yesterday. Panelists from the Institute of Medicine who wrote recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency leading the campaign, issued their final word yesterday during a news briefing and in a 270-page report. "The way the policy and the rationale for the smallpox vaccination initiative were communicated may have negatively affected the program's implementation and outcome," said Dr. Brian Strom, a vice dean at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and chairman of the institute's panel.
November 21, 2004
IT KILLED MORE than 30 million people in the 20th century. Its capacity to injure quickly and spread widely once sent cold shivers down the spine. Its endurance confounded scientists. Most Americans assumed they had heard the last of smallpox nearly three decades ago when, after a global vaccination campaign, the disease was declared eradicated - save two remaining stocks left purposely in deep freeze. Now with post-9/11 debates about bioterrorism the norm, smallpox fear is back. This time however, it's an international health agency raising anxieties.
August 20, 2004
Despite pledges two years ago to maintain a stockpile of drugs to protect Americans in the event of a bioterrorism attack, the federal government has so far set aside only 159 vials of anthrax vaccine for the civilian population, enough for only 530 people, according to congressional and administration officials. The officials said the failure to transfer more of the vaccine from military to civilian control was caused by legal and bureaucratic wrangling among government agencies. They also cited the government's desire to buy a new vaccine that is potentially both cheaper and more efficient.
April 23, 2004
CHICAGO - Baxter International Inc. disclosed plans yesterday to eliminate up to 4,000 jobs - nearly 8 percent of the company's work force - as the next phase of an extensive restructuring that the struggling global health-care company hopes will strengthen its profit margins. The Deerfield, Ill.-based maker of medical products announced the latest retrenchment nine months after it began cutting 3,000 jobs. Half of the 4,000 additional job cuts will be borne by U.S. workers. Baxter is cutting back in a turbulent period marked by investor dismay over a series of quarterly earnings disappointments.