For First Time There’s A Promising Vaccine And Treatment For Ebola. So Why Is This Year’s Outbreak The Second Deadliest Ever?
Doctors and other experts currently or formerly working in the region point to a landscape that is not quite a war zone but in which violence can break out almost anywhere for unknown reasons. Other global health news stories report on abortion, HIV rates and child safety.
The New York Times:
Battle Against Ebola In Congo Pits Medical Hope Against Local Chaos
The battle against Ebola now underway in central Africa is like no other. It is the first for which doctors have both a promising vaccine and treatments to offer. These medical innovations are experimental, but the vaccine seems to work well, the four new treatments have given preliminary hints of curative powers and a clinical trial of them began Monday. (McNeil, 11/27)
Why The Abortion Rate In Pakistan Is One Of The World's Highest
The deeply conservative Muslim country is estimated to have one of the highest rates of abortion in the world, based on a 2012 study by the New York-based Population Council, a nonprofit that advocates family planning. The rate that year was 50 abortions for every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 — roughly four times higher than in the U.S.According to family planning researchers, abortion provisions in the country's penal code are vague. (Hadid and Sattar, 11/28)
New Cases Of HIV Rise In Eastern Europe, Decline In The West
More than 130,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV last year in Eastern Europe, the highest rate ever for the region, while the number of new cases in Western Europe declined, global public health experts said on Wednesday. European Union and European Economic Area countries saw a reduction in 2017 rates, mainly driven by a 20 percent drop since 2015 among men who have sex with men. That left Europe's overall increasing trend less steep than previously. (11/27)
Kansas City Star:
Aussie, UK Researchers Swallow Lego Heads To Reassure Parents
Six researchers from Australia and the United Kingdom swallowed yellow Lego heads and kept track of how long it took to poop out the little plastic buggers. And right about now you’re probably asking yourself: Why? The answer: To reassure parents that whenever their kids swallow most small things such as coins - or Lego figurine heads - this too shall pass. (Gutierrez, 11/27)