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Nearly 20 years. That’s the difference in life expectancy between richer and poorer economies, a World Health Organization report found. And in low-income economies, one out of every 41 women dies from maternal causes. […] Read More

More than 150,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017 were related to alcohol, drugs and suicide, a study found. Total deaths attributable to these three factors have more than doubled since 1999. […] Read More

Zainabu Sesay will die in pain in Sierra Leone from breast cancer that has spread into her lymph glands. A tumor has “burst through her skin, looking like a putrid head of cauliflower weeping small amounts of blood at its edges,” reported the “New York Times.” She has no access to the one cheap, legal […] Read More

Christian conservatives are leading criticism of a Feb. 3 executive order by Texas Gov. Rick Perry requiring sixth-grade schoolgirls to get vaccinated for a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. Although health officials say a vaccine against human papillomavirus could prevent thousands of women’s deaths each year, pro-family groups argue vaccination could send a […] Read More

A pleasant surprise occurred in Texas politics this past weekend. For the first time, in a long time, Texas may be the first state to be proactive in an issue of public health. Gov. Rick Perry has announced plans to require a vaccine for girls entering the sixth grade. The vaccine is effective in reducing […] Read More

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. Around the world there have been special seminars and public gatherings to call attention to the fact that 40 million individuals have HIV. Among those infected are members of our own Baptist community. Yet HIV/AIDS is not just a one-time-a-year issue. It is a global issue that demands our […] Read More

It might happen next flu season, or the following, or five years from now. Sometime soon, almost inevitably say the experts, a deadly flu virus will ravage the earth and its human inhabitants. Vaccine and antiviral stockpiles will cover, at best, 20 percent of the U.S. population. Of those who get infected, half a million […] Read More

When it comes to teen sex, all parents hope and pray that their children make wise choices. Children as young as 12 or 13 weigh decisions with consequences that could impact the rest of their lives in a dramatic way. At this point in the conversation our teenage children roll their eyes, but parents know […] Read More

A new report says Senate Majority Leader and likely presidential contender Bill Frist slipped into a defense-appropriation bill–without knowledge of a bi-partisan committee that had already allotted all crucial military spending–a provision protecting drug companies from lawsuits in the final hours before Congress finished its business and broke for Christmas last December. The provision, called […] Read More

Health officials say severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, is here to stay, and Baptists are among those coping in high-outbreak areas. “It is difficult knowing what to think about the current situation in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Hong Kong,” John Gravley, an American Baptist missionary there, wrote in an online journal […] Read More