Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer every day from chronic diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung. Chronic respiratory diseases (ranging from infections like bronchitis and pneumonia to conditions like asthma and COPD) caused more than 4 million deaths in 2012.
Ebola has all but vanished from the news—but not from West Africa. In fact, a situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows a recent uptick in the number of Ebola cases. Now is the time to prepare communities and to establish systems that can be activated if the virus should spread.
Nothing kills more people each year than cardiovascular diseases. The World Health Organization reports that an estimated 7.4 million people died from some form of coronary heart disease in 2012.
WiRED International just posted a module on chikungunya disease to our Community Health Education e-library.
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.
What is the biggest health challenge on the globe today? It is clearly the threat of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) according to Shanthi Mendis, M.D., the World Health Organization’s coordinator for chronic diseases prevention and management.
Ever heard of the Chikungunya virus? Most people haven’t, yet more than a million people in the Western Hemisphere have caught it.
WiRED International is pleased to name Erin Burgoon, Ph.D., as our newest Advisory Board member.
Influenza (the flu) causes around 40,000 deaths a year, not to mention suffering from illness and loss of work.