Health

8:56am

Thu July 18, 2013
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Tuberculosis Takes Lasting Toll In The Former Soviet Union

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 8:22 am

A Doctors Without Borders support counselor waits for MDR-TB patients at a clinic in Nukus, Uzbekistan.
Courtesy of Misha Friedman

Misha Friedman began training his lens on tuberculosis patients in the former Soviet Union in 2007, when he worked in logistics for the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders.

At first he took photos in his spare time, whiling away his off days by documenting the patients and hospital workers he met on the job. But this hobby quickly turned into more than that when he won a photo competition judged by renowned photojournalist Gary Knight, founder of the VII photo agency.

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1:17am

Thu July 18, 2013
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Tuberculosis Outbreak Shakes Wisconsin City

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 5:45 am

Dale Hippensteel, manages the Sheboygan County health department.
Jeffrey Phelps For NPR

Looking crisp and official in his khaki-colored sheriff's department polo shirt, Steve Steinhardt says Sheboygan, Wis., is a pretty good place to be a director of emergency services.

"Nothing bad happens here," he says, knocking on wood. Unless, that is, you count the tuberculosis outbreak that struck the orderly Midwestern city of 50,000 this spring and summer.

"I never expected TB to be one of the bigger emergencies I'd face when I got into this field," Steinhardt says.

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11:22am

Wed July 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Weight Loss Is Worth Gold In Dubai

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 8:43 am

Lose pounds and gain grams of gold in Dubai.
iStockphoto.com

If you want people to slim down, why not reward them with gold? That's the tack being taken in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Alarmed at ballooning waistlines in a region where fast food is common and comfortable outdoor exercise is not, the local government is offering to give citizens a gram of gold for each kilogram lost by Aug. 16, according to news reports.

That's about $41 for a little over two pounds of pudge, based on today's market rate.

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9:07am

Wed July 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Warm Winter Helped Fuel West Nile Outbreak In Dallas

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 8:43 am

A sprayer truck blankets a neighborhood in North Dallas with insecticide to curb mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in July 2012.
Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News Corbis

West Nile virus looked like it was waning as a health threat, with the number of cases dropping each year. Then last summer, it roared back.

The number of people infected with the mosquito-borne illness suddenly spiked in 2012. And Dallas was hit hardest of all.

People showed up in emergency rooms with encephalitis and paralysis, unable to breathe on their own.

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1:02am

Wed July 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Sickle Cell Anemia Is On The Rise Worldwide

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 8:45 am

Red blood cells are normally shaped like doughnuts, but sickle cells (purple) are flattened and clump together.
NIH

Sickle cell anemia may not be as well-known as, say, malaria, tuberculosis or AIDS. But every year, hundreds of thousands of babies around the world are born with this inherited blood disorder. And the numbers are expected to climb.

The number of sickle cell anemia cases is expected to increase about 30 percent globally by 2050, scientists said Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is most common, will be the hardest hit.

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