In The News

April 26, 2019
China leads in pork consumption, and its pig population is the world’s largest. Over the past year, the nation has battled African swine fever among its stock. With the United States and China embroiled in trade talks, the epidemic is another major disruption for the industry. The only solution is for farmers to cull their herds with humane procedures and avoid cross-contamination with...
Julia Vergin April 22, 2019
Universities are increasingly offering classes in gratitude, happiness and mindfulness to counter a constant focus on what’s wrong with the world or people’s lives. Searching out and recognizing the good aspects of one’s life and surroundings is a start to gratitude, and “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions," suggests psychologist Dirk Lehr who teaches at Leuphana University in...
Susan Crawford April 10, 2019
Communities may be rushing toward new technologies, particularly 5G networks, without considering health consequences. The 5G networks, unlike previous technologies, rely on high-frequency radio waves emitted from small cells in close proximity. Regulators rely on standards more than two decades old that focus on heat rather than other effects of radio-frequency waves and electromagnetic...
Jamie Ducharme April 4, 2019
Healthy diets could reduce chronic disease and prevent one in five premature deaths globally, reports a study for the Lancet. “The sweeping review – which analyzed nearly 20 years of dietary data from 195 countries, alongside epidemiological studies about nutrition-related health risks and benefits estimates that poor diets killed 11 million people around the world in 2017, mostly by contributing...
Missy Ryan January 20, 2019
Aid agencies and the United Nations have put out a warning about the food shortages in Yemen as the civil war rages on. As Missy Ryan for the Washington Post reports, “the civil war is putting more and more civilians on the brink of starvation.” Analysis suggests that 16 million people, more than half Yemen’s population, are regarded as “food insecure.” This announcement comes in the face of...
Tanzil Shafique December 24, 2018
Residents in the world’s wealthiest countries, including cosmopolitan centers complain about loneliness. The condition has health consequences, especially for the elderly. Community infrastructure and architecture can encourage or discourage human interactions, and Tanzil Shafique suggests that “architects and planners, albeit unwittingly, are complicit in producing an urban landscape that...
Ranu S. Dhillon and Devabhaktuni Srikrishna November 20, 2018
Rebel attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo challenge the public health response to Ebola outbreaks in that country. Outbreaks can flare quickly, even without considering that conflict has contributed to displacement of more than 4.5 million people inside the country and hundreds of thousands fleeing to neighboring countries. “With over 10 major episodes of violence since the outbreak was...