Commentary

13 articles
Polio: What Happens to a Vaccine-Preventable Disease When Vaccination Is Prevented?
Jul 18, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Polio is a highly infectious disease that mainly affects children under age five and leads to irreversible paralysis in about one of every 200 cases...

Summer: Time for Influenza Pandemics?
Jul 1, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

In the U.S. and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, the flu is usually considered a wintertime illness. However, some of the most significant...

Chinese Strawberries in October: The True Cost of Food Imports
Oct 19, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

The source of Germany’s largest foodborne outbreak in history, which resulted in at least 11,200 sick school children, has been identified as frozen...

Animal Health Care Act: Juggling Public and Financial Health
Jun 4, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

Over the past two weeks, British Columbia has been in a tizzy over the proposed Animal Health Care Act, legislation that prohibits certain parties...

A Superbug Killer in Singapore
May 22, 2012 | Jason Hayes

Superbug is a big word for a tiny creature. The title is hyperbolic and perhaps more news-friendly than the title “multi-drug resistant (MDR)...

HPV Vaccine: Controversy and Solution
Mar 28, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

We all remember Michele Bachmann’s insidious comments from last September, in which she insinuated that the HPV vaccine had potential ties to mental...

Changes to MA HIV Policies
Mar 22, 2012 | Jane Huston

A bill recently passed by the Massachusetts Senate and awaiting approval in the House would take steps at bringing HIV testing policy in...

"Nodding" to Kony 2012
Mar 12, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

I wager that last week, your twitter feed was dominated by tweets tagged #StopKony or #Kony2012. If you don’t use twitter, perhaps Kony bombarded you...

Human vs. Microbe: Looming Resistance in Gonorrhea
Feb 9, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

According to The Bay Area Reporter and to preliminary data from the Department of Public Health’s STD Prevention and Control Section, cases of...

Acute Flaccid Paralysis in Ethiopia
Jan 25, 2012 | David Scales

On January 24, the United Nations refugee agency reported the detection of five cases of acute flaccid paralysis in Dolo Ado, Ethiopia. Three cases...

Pakistani Media on the Decision to End the Nation's H5N1 Surveillance Program
Dec 12, 2011 | Anna Tomasulo

The Dec. 12 edition of the Pakistan Daily Times warns of avian influenza, or H5N1, “looming” over the country. In June 2011, the Pakistani...

Flu Vaccine a Global Public Health Triumph Despite “Only” 59% Effectiveness
Nov 21, 2011 | David Scales

Every year public health officials, doctors and advertisements outside of Walgreen’s remind us to get our flu vaccines. But a recent report in the...

In Defense of Vaccines
Sep 15, 2011 | Anna Tomasulo

Monday night’s Tea Party debate inspired a myriad of articles, blog posts and tweets, largely from the health community, in response to Minn. Rep....