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Battling tuberculosis, South Africa wins pharma-patent dispute

By Heather Bourbeau / October 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Battling tuberculosis, South Africa wins pharma-patent dispute

South Africa took on the United States over pharmaceutical patents to battle tuberculosis — and won. Tuberculosis is the leading cause of natural death in South Africa, and the patent dispute was part of the government’s campaign against the disease. This also includes a United Nations declaration calling for two major strides by 2022: to […]

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Uganda is the world’s fittest country

By Heather Bourbeau / September 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Uganda is the world’s fittest country

A recent report by the World Health Organization places Uganda at the top of physical activity in the world. Only 5.5 percent of the population lacked sufficient physical activity, compared with 37 percent in high-income countries, such as the United States. Poor nations tend to have populations that are more physically active. Citizens tend to walk […]

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Ebola response: More than medicine

By Heather Bourbeau / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Ebola response: More than medicine

Ebola has returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a web of social issues are complicating the medical response.  According to health officials, 75 people have died and there are now 112 suspected Ebola cases in the nation’s eastern regions. Schools are particularly concerned about how to proceed, and UNICEF is scaling up their […]

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