- A great New York Times piece on how Mali, a country at risk for Ebola cases coming from Guinea through porous borders, successfully tracked and contained over 100 potential cases of Ebola.
- In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, how many children will have been out of schools for months and what effect will that have on the country in years to come? NPR’s Goats and Soda blog explores this issue.
- In southeast Bangladesh, Doctors Without Borders announced a mysterious outbreak of malaria which has caused nearly 2,000 people to become ill.
- Another World Diabetes Day story – Reports are emerging on the desperate health situation in Pakistan in which 7.1 million people are diabetic and 88,000 people are dying annually due to complications from diabetes.
- Are Latinos in the U.S. falling through the cracks? The Washington Post reports that a year into the Affordable Care Act a quarter of Latinos still lack health insurance.
- The Obama administration announced that expected enrollments in the Affordable Care Act have been dropped by 30% of what was predicted a year ago. The administration expects 91 million people enrolled by next year.
- A great review of “Vaccine Nation: American’s Changing Relationship With Immunization,” in which author Elena Conis describes the U.S. health systems penchant for blaming the poor for the spread of disease.
- Politicians in the tiny town of Westminster, Massachusetts are doing something radical – they’ve proposed a town wide ban on the sale of all tobacco products. If they are successful, they will be the first of their kind in the U.S.
- Some parents in Chicago are up in arms at the new sexual education curriculum that is being introduced this year for fifth and sixth graders.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that twelve people in Illinois are being monitored, but not quarantined, for Ebola and have asked for additional resources to prepare for future cases.
- Dr. Seema Khan weighs in on the debate over eating foods with soy and it’s connection to health problems like cancer.
- The Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center, the Northwestern Developmental Therapeutics Center have partnered with Foundation Medicine to expand their cancer therapeutics program and to utilize and expand their genomic profiling techniques.