World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.kunc.org en WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C http://www.kunc.org/post/who-calls-high-priced-drugs-millions-hepatitis-c Authors of the first-ever global guidelines for treating hepatitis C went big Tuesday, advocating for worldwide use of two of the most expensive specialty drugs in the world.<p>The <a href="http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/hepatitis/hepatitis-c-guidelines/en/">new guidelines</a> from the World Health Organization give strong endorsement to the two newest drugs. Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi costs $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Richard Knox 55303 at http://www.kunc.org WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless http://www.kunc.org/post/ebola-outbreak-3-weeks-dire-not-hopeless Guinea is on high alert. At the international airport, travelers' temperatures are monitored for signs of infection. In the capital city of Conakry, people rarely shake hands and are advised to regularly wash their hands with bleach-diluted water.<p>This is what life is like nearly three weeks after an outbreak of the deadly <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/">Ebola virus</a>.<p>The <a href="http://www.who.int/features/2014/ebola-healthcare-guinea/en/">World Health Organization</a> has confirmed 157 cases in Guinea, with 101 deaths. Neighboring Liberia has 21 reported cases and 10 deaths. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 55286 at http://www.kunc.org The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team http://www.kunc.org/post/why-anthropologists-join-ebola-outbreak-team When disease strikes in the developing world, like the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, doctors, nurses and epidemiologists from international organizations fly in to help.<p>So do anthropologists.<p>Understanding local customs — and fears — can go a long way in getting communities to cooperate with international health care workers, says <a href="http://libarts.wsu.edu/anthro/faculty/hewlett.html">Barry Hewlett</a>, a medical anthropologist at Washington State University.<p>Otherwise, medical efforts can prove fruitless, says Hewlett, who was invited to join the <a href="http://www.who.int/e Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:58:00 +0000 55127 at http://www.kunc.org Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team No Water, No Problem For CU-Boulder's New Solar Toilet http://www.kunc.org/post/no-water-no-problem-cu-boulders-new-solar-toilet <p>The University of Colorado Boulder has created a solar-powered toilet that will soon be unveiled in India. Yes, a solar-powered toilet. While a toilet powered by the sun sounds pretty humorous, there’s a real need for such a thing around the world.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:55:36 +0000 Nathan Heffel 54653 at http://www.kunc.org No Water, No Problem For CU-Boulder's New Solar Toilet WHO Rates Typhoon's Medical Challenges "Monumental" http://www.kunc.org/post/who-rates-typhoons-medical-challenges-monumental Images of the swath of devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippines are reminiscent of the tsunami's aftermath in Banda Aceh, Indonesia nearly a decade ago.<p>And indeed, the World Health Organization grades the great typhoon of 2013 as a Category 3 disaster – its most severe category.<p>"The scale [of the typhoon's damage] is huge," Dr. Richard Brennan of the World Health Organization tells Shots. "It's monumental. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:01:00 +0000 Richard Knox 51809 at http://www.kunc.org WHO Rates Typhoon's Medical Challenges "Monumental"