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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 <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />U.S. population. Of […] 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

Norway has imposed a nationwide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. ‘s Parliament voted earlier this month to outlaw smoking anywhere people eat and drink. While some states and cities in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />United States have passed similar laws, Norway is the first country in the world to […] Read More

A new report from the World Health Organization revealed that thousands of people die daily for lack of basic things like vaccines and clean drinking water. Twenty-four thousand people die each day because they lack basic care, the Boston Globe reported. That amounts to 8.8 million lives lost needlessly each year to preventable diseases, infections […] Read More