News About the Success of a New Ebola Vaccine May Be Too Good to Be True

Timothy P Lahey, Dartmouth College Ebola is on the run: the number of cases dipped below 10 a week recently, and a few days ago investigators announced in the prestigious journal The Lancet that a new Ebola vaccine was “100% effective.” In response, global health authorities are starting to sound a little giddy. “We believe…

Help Free Sierra Leone from Its Elephantiasis Epidemic

When living in tropical and subtropical regions of the world people are susceptible to all manner of diseases from malaria to hookworm. One of the seven most common neglected tropical diseases is elephantiasis, or lymphatic filariasis. To the lay person it is simply called “big foot”. Elephantiasis is caused by female mosquitos biting on its…