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"We view the people themselves as the solution, not passive beneficiaries. We begin with the assumption of competence and provide educational resources that can help in the communities we're serving."

 

— Paraphrasing writer
David Bornstein

February 2018: Get Free Health Information from WiRED

Climate change, yellow fever in Brazil, this year’s severe influenza season, a newly released module on postpartum depression — these are all topics of recent stories posted on WiRED International’s website. Read more »

 

 

February 2018: WiRED Marks Publication of Article on One Health in Medical Journal

The Medical Journal of Southern California Clinicians (MJSCC) recently published an article titled, “The Importance of a One Health Perspective in a Changing Environment.”

 

The MJSCC article is co-authored by WiRED International Director Gary Selnow, Ph.D.; Western University professor and WiRED board member, Miriam Othman, M.D., M.P.H.; and Western University professor, Malika Kachani, Ph.D., D.V.M. The authors cover the history of human and animal health, the logic of One Health thinking, zoonotic diseases and the role of healthcare professionals in the One Health program. Read more »

 

 

February 2018: Brazil Launches World’s Largest Vaccination Campaign to Stem Rise of Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is a potentially deadly viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America. Read more »

 

 

February 2018: Howler Monkeys Erroneously Blamed for Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil

Misinformed people in Brazil are shooting and beating howler monkeys out of fear of yellow fever transmission, according to a CNN report. But it is mosquitoes alone that transmit the virus to both monkeys and humans. Read more »

 

 

January 2018: Climate Change to Worsen in 2018

The ill effects of climate change are not about to disappear anytime soon.

 

In fact, our period now is the warmest in the history of modern civilization, according to the Climate Science Special Report released in November 2017 by 13 U.S. federal agencies. The report goes on to state that the last few years have also seen record-breaking, climate-related weather extremes, and that it is very likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the warming observed since the mid-20th century. Read more »

 

 

 

January 2018: Climate Change

Nearly 200 countries conclude that climate change is real and growing worse and accordingly have entered an agreement to do something about it. They recognize the dangers and the damage and believe the empirical evidence that human activities, specifically the burning of carbon-based fuels, are a major cause of a changing climate. Only one country has rejected the global pact: the United States. We at WiRED are greatly concerned that our leaders have rejected the science and have fashioned sweeping policies, oblivious of the compelling evidence that lays bare the causes, the immediate impact and the ultimate trajectory of climate forces. We are baffled by their wrong-headed thinking. It takes no scientific expertise to witness the rising seas, the growing violence of storms, the extremes of temperature and precipitation, all predicted by reputable climate models.

 

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January 2018: WiRED Warns 2018 Influenza Season Could Be Severe

Flu season is here and already claiming victims.

 

A flu vaccine, which offers the only protection, is still the first defense. In addition, WiRED International urges everyone to read through its Flu Module for general audiences and practice what you learn from its important information. Even if you get the illness, you will be better off if you are flu-savvy — as some flu-stricken members of WiRED’s staff have found. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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