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WiRED News Timeline, 2015

January 8 2015
Influenza (the flu) causes around 40,000 deaths a year, not to mention suffering from illness and loss of work.
January 16 2015
WiRED International is pleased to name Erin Burgoon, Ph.D., as our newest Advisory Board member.
January 23 2015
Ever heard of the Chikungunya virus? Most people haven't, yet more than a million people in the Western Hemisphere have caught it.
January 30 2015
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.,
February 6 2015
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also
February 10 2015
WiRED International just posted a module on chikungunya disease to our Community Health Education e-library.
February 18 2015
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
February 24 2015
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
March 4 2015
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer every day from chronic diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung. Chronic respiratory diseases
March 6 2015
Fifteen-year-old Kevin Mark has a remarkable story. He comes from Obunga, an impoverished community near Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Many residents there cope
March 10 2015
WiRED International now offers a complete module series on the echocardiographic diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Portuguese. These training modules will be
March 17 2015
How can a disease be a “silent killer” with no symptoms, no apparent illness, until it causes damage to our bodies? How can a
March 23 2015
For Armenians living in villages such as Karchaxbyur, access to information on dental health can be a challenge. After Davit Davtyan's parents saw WiRED's
March 27 2015
The link between nutrition and health is well known. Good nutrition is especially crucial to people with infections. To that end, WiRED just expanded
March 31 2015
A man we’ll call George lives in Kisumu, a poverty-stricken area in western Kenya. Now age 30, he developed a drinking problem when just
April 3 2015
WiRED’s Health Education Learning Portal has a new look! In addition to redesigning our main website, WiRED also renovated the website for our Learning
April 8 2015
National Public Health Week is here! To get the ball rolling, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring National Public Health Week and acknowledging
April 17 2015
Dehydration leads to 1.5 million deaths each year — mostly in young children from developing countries. The tragedy is that with simple treatment these
April 21 2015
Although rheumatic heart disease or RHD is completely preventable, it affects millions of people worldwide, two-thirds of them children in low-resource countries. In response
April 24 2015
Understanding her menstrual cycle is an important part of a woman’s overall health. For many young girls, feelings of fear, shame and confusion are
April 28 2015
How do you describe WiRED International in five minutes or less? Now WiRED offers a video that can do just that. The video was
May 1 2015
More people die each year from diabetes than from breast cancer and AIDS combined. Diabetes is a serious, potentially deadly disease with a worldwide
May 5 2015
WiRED International will soon present a new twist on our health education program: the Module Express series. WiRED developed the new Express series particularly
May 11 2015
There is something wonderful about Steve Wonder Okello. Steve said, “I was born in Obunga, one of the biggest slums in Kisumu, Kenya, where
May 18 2015
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Do you know the signs of a person having a stroke? And if
May 22 2015
A recent New York Times article reported a severe outbreak of HIV and hepatitis due to a surge in injected heroin use in U.S.
May 28 2015
A healthy menopause is key to a woman’s well-being as she ages. To that end WiRED International now offers a module on menopause as
June 1 2015
If you’re not finding a module on a health topic you need at the WiRED International Learning Center, please review our collection of health
June 8 2015
WiRED International now offers 16 new or revised “Express” health learning modules in both English and Spanish. WiRED created the Express modules for grassroots
June 12 2015
Latest figures report 10 people in South Korea have died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS, and the nation reported 122 confirmed cases
June 16 2015
This week a WiRED International team is traveling to South America to bring medical and health information to underserved and remote communities in the
June 19 2015
The dramatic rise of Type 2 diabetes among the world’s poorest people is linked to a rise in obesity, according to a new study
June 26 2015
Denis Onyango is a staff member at the WiRED International medical and health education center in Obunga, Kenya. What follows is an excerpt from
July 1 2015
WiRED International can now distribute vital medical and health information to isolated underserved areas of the world without relying on the Internet or the
July 7 2015
Armenian children at the Orran NGO (nongovernmental organization) celebrated World Oral Health Day by learning about dental hygiene. Health learning events, employing WiRED’s training
July 10 2015
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified tuberculosis (TB) as an emerging global threat. The importance of monitoring and treating the disease cannot be
July 17 2015
Learning about asthma just got easy: WiRED International now offers an Express module on asthma. Some 235 million people, or one in 12, currently
July 22 2015
WiRED International’s medical and health information was not available in Haiti — until now. This past spring WiRED International’s Board Chair Anthony Hodge and
July 29 2015
He who sings prays twice, St. Augustine is believed to have said. The St. Kizito Choir Pandipieri, Kenya, brings this saying to life every
August 4 2015
How much do you know about human anatomy? A knowledge of anatomy is central to understanding illnesses and how to prevent them. WiRED International
August 11 2015
Cancer is frightening. Almost everyone has been touched by it in some way, and the number of new cases is expected to rise by
August 18 2015
WiRED International joins organizations and people all over the world in celebrating World Humanitarian Day. The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) named
August 22 2015
This week WiRED International will return to Nicaragua after nearly a year to provide projectors, laptops and our Community Health Education Library to a
August 28 2015
Antibiotic resistance is now a major threat to public health, according to a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Antibiotic resistance occurs
September 4 2015
WiRED is pleased to announce the release of a rheumatic heart disease (RHD) animation video. In the space of a few minutes, our video
September 10 2015
WiRED International announces the successful delivery of its most current Learning Center medical and health information to a leading medical school, and to hospitals
September 15 2015
Intensive blood pressure management may save lives, according to a federal clinical trial that was ended early in order to rush the findings to
September 18 2015
Magdalyne Odhiso Onglinjo has done her homework, and it has paid off for her — and for her community. Because of all she has
September 22 2015
When Berkeley graduate student Thabani Nyoni went to Capetown, South Africa, to do a summer research project, he took WiRED International’s health education modules
September 24 2015
Translators without Borders just wrote an article on WiRED! Check it out here!
September 26 2015
WiRED International recently has forged a partnership with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to develop educational modules on mesothelioma, a deadly cancer affecting the
October 1 2015
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report upticks in global cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
October 7 2015
Flu season typically occurs between October and May. Have you gotten your flu shot yet? “Get vaccinated,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director
October 15 2015
What is the first line of defense against almost all infectious diseases? Yes, that’s right — handwashing. Handwashing is key to the prevention of
October 19 2015
WiRED International announces the launch of the Community Health Education Initiative in Honor of the late U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Board Chair Anthony
October 24 2015
WiRED International hosted a reception at Scala’s Bistro in San Francisco, California, this October to mark another year of providing medical and health information
October 28 2015
WiRED is proud to spotlight the recent publication of Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention, edited by WiRED Honorary Board member David S. Alberts, M.D., and
November 5 2015
Globally 371 million people have diabetes, about half undiagnosed. As the diabetes epidemic rises rapidly in low and middle income countries, so do the
November 10 2015
Anemia affects an estimated 1.62 billion people or nearly one quarter of the world’s population. The highest instance of anemia occurs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
November 16 2015
A group of pregnant women and mothers in the mountain village of Karmirghuygh, Armenia, recently participated in a health education training session during which
November 21 2015
Antibiotics save millions of lives each year around the world, but the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals present challenges to
November 24 2015
WiRED International just updated its module on urinary tract infections as part of its general collection of health education modules and its Women’s Health
December 1 2015
Today United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for world action in the fight against acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. He said, “To break
December 5 2015
WiRED International is pleased to announce that Elizabeth A. Touma (Bess) has become its most recent Governing Board member.
December 8 2015
In October 2015 WiRED International launched a community health education initiative honoring the late Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. (See earlier story.) Now WiRED is
December 13 2015
WiRED International completed a fruitful and vibrant agenda in 2015 as it marked its 18th anniversary. WiRED’s volunteers, staff and board of directors are
December 21 2015
An emerging mosquito-borne illness called Zika is spreading through South America, Africa, the Pacific Islands and elsewhere. In reaction to recent outbreaks, WiRED International
December 24 2015
WiRED International would like to wish all the joys of the season to our team of volunteer physicians, medical editors, imagers and technicians along
December 30 2015
There are around two billion children in the world. To safeguard their future, they need to experience healthy physical, socio-economical and cognitive development in