Jason Beaubien

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3 Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Monday, October 05, 2015

The scientists from the U.S., Japan and China were awarded the Nobel Prize Monday for discovering drugs to treat parasitic diseases such as malaria, river blindness and elephantiasis.


Tough Words From Pope Francis: 8 Great Quotes From His U.N. Speech

Friday, September 25, 2015

When it comes to global health and development, the pontiff made it plain as day: We are all to blame for earth's problems.


U.N. Dreams Big: 17 Huge New Goals To Build A Better World

Friday, September 25, 2015

And there are just 15 years to accomplish them. Here's a rundown of the 17 aims, which include ending poverty, hunger and AIDS, fixing the environment and giving everyone access to green space.


How Many Children Under 5 Die A Year In The U.S. Vs. Angola?

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

A new report emphasizes significant progress in cutting the number of deaths of children before age 5. But in some parts of the world, the rate is still depressingly high.


Goats May Be Unwelcome In Zimbabwe's Capital, But D.C. Loves Them

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Whiskey, Peanut and Nadia the Wonder Goat are currently removing weeds in Congressional Cemetery.


11 Billion People By 2100 — And India Will Be More Populous Than China

Friday, August 07, 2015

The number of people on the planet is growing at the fastest rate in history. U.N. demographers say the world's population will be up by 4 billion at the end of the century.


Lebanon Evicted Syrians From A Refugee Camp; They Refused To Go

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tensions are rising between the flood of refugees and the Lebanese, who fear that the camps will become a drain on the country's resources. "We don't have anyplace to go," is one Syrian's cry.


Why A Vaccine That Works Only A Third Of The Time Is Still A Good Deal

Friday, July 24, 2015

The first vaccine against a parasite — one that causes malaria — was recommended for approval. It's not as effective as researchers had hoped, but they still think it could make a big difference.


Chicken Owners Brood Over CDC Advice Not To Kiss, Cuddle Birds

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The health agency says kissing and cuddling chickens could be contributing to outbreaks of salmonella. But backyard chicken owners aren't about to lay off the birds.


Who's Still Poor? Who's Made It To Middle Income? Pew Has New Data

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The global middle class is growing ... but slowly. (A lot of the credit goes to China.) And more than 70 percent of the world's population still falls below what would be considered "middle" income.


Polio Is Active In Only 3 Countries. Soon It Could Be Down To 2

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nigeria is one of three places where polio is still a problem. But there hasn't been a case in almost a year. So Africa is on the verge of being polio-free.


North Korea Announces Cure For MERS (As If)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The drug can also allegedly wipe out AIDS and TB and just about every other disease. The state-run media announced the news, so exaggeration is to be expected.


Why Ebola Won't Go Away In West Africa

Friday, June 19, 2015

Over the past few months, case tallies have dipped toward zero, only to bounce back up. Health officials worry the outbreak could never end if people keep hiding cases and dead bodies.


Why MERS Is Likely To Crop Up Outside The Middle East Again

Sunday, June 14, 2015

It's unknown what triggers an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome. But scientists think the virus comes from camels. So until we stop it in animals, MERS will continue to cause trouble.


Behind The Story: What Made NPR Look Into Red Cross Efforts In Haiti?

Friday, June 05, 2015

The agency ran into problems in its response to Superstorm Sandy. Then came the Haiti earthquake. The Red Cross spent nearly half a billion. Our reporter wanted to find out: What did it accomplish?


MERS In South Korea Is Bad News But It's Not Yet Time To Panic

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Fears that Middle East respiratory syndrome could sweep through the region seem to be overblown. But researchers say there's still a lot they don't know about the potentially fatal virus.


New Jersey Lassa Fever Death Reveals Holes In Ebola Monitoring System

Friday, May 29, 2015

Back from a Liberia trip, the patient developed Ebola-like symptoms. One hospital sent him home. A few days later he ended up in an Ebola isolation ward and died. What went wrong?


As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are pondering a "post-antibiotic world." The World Health Organization says countries need to boost surveillance for resistance and develop new drugs.


WHO Calls For $100 Million Emergency Fund, Doctor 'SWAT Team'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The World Health Organization isn't ready for the next pandemic or international health crisis, so the agency's leader is calling for major reforms. But will the changes be enough?


She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem. It's spread through the air. It can kill you. And it's incredibly difficult to treat. But a program in Peru shows that the disease can be cured.