Hannah Bloch

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Is Afghanistan Backsliding?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Amid the horrors of war in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, it's become easy to overlook Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistan? Back in the mid-2000s, it was known as the "forgotten war," eclipsed by the bloodshed in Iraq. Now it's overshadowed all over again. But there's plenty of reason to pay attention.

Since ...


For Cancer-Detecting Canines, The Nose Knows

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new clinical trial is set to begin in the United Kingdom using the powerful noses of dogs to detect prostate cancer in humans.

While research has been done before, these are the first trials approved by Britain's National Health Service.

The trials, at the Milton Keynes University Hospital in ...


In Pakistan Death Row Case, A Rare Glimmer Of Hope

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pakistan's Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old Pakistani mother of five who was sentenced to death by hanging for insulting Islam. On Wednesday, the court agreed to hear her appeal.

Bibi's death sentence was handed down by a lower court in 2010 for committing "blasphemy."



Malala Turns 18, And Opens A School For Syrian Refugee Girls

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education activist and youngest-ever Nobel Peace laureate, celebrated her 18th birthday today by inaugurating a secondary school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, near Syria's border.

Yousafzai survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, as she returned ...


Astronomers Discover A Supermassive Black Hole Dating To Cosmic Dawn

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SDSS J0100+2802 is the rather understated name scientists have given to an exceptionally luminous, newly discovered quasar. It's 12.8 billion light years away and shines as brightly as 420 million suns. At its center, there's a super-sized black hole — as massive as 12 billion suns — that formed ...


An Owl Is Attacking And Injuring Residents Of A Netherlands Town

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

While Paris worries about mystery drones, a Dutch town is confronting an aerial threat of its own: owl attacks.

In recent weeks, the culprit, a European eagle owl, has injured dozens of residents in Purmerend, about 10 miles north of Amsterdam. Known locally as the "terror owl" and


A Rap Star And A Therapist Fight Female Genital Mutilation

Friday, February 06, 2015

Sister Fa is a Senegalese-German rap star. Leyla Hussein is a Somali-born, London-based documentary filmmaker and psychotherapist. Their day-to-day lives are different, but they have a great deal in common.

"We're both survivors of FGM," Hussein explains. "We both have daughters and we didn't cut our daughters."

Today is the ...


A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back On Infections For Hospital Patients

Monday, December 15, 2014

Checking into a hospital can boost your chances of infection. That's a disturbing paradox of modern medical care.

And it doesn't matter where in the world you're hospitalized. From the finest to the most rudimentary medical facilities, patients are vulnerable to new infections that have nothing to do with their ...


Ebola In Remote Liberia, Through The Eyes Of A Local Health Worker

Monday, November 24, 2014

Even as encouraging reports come out of Liberia that Ebola cases appear to be leveling off or declining, it's not the full story. In recent weeks, there was a major outbreak of Ebola in scattered villages of Rivercess County, in the remote, southeastern part of the country where Lorenzo Dorr, ...


Turning Weapons Into High-End Watches

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Here's a gift idea that's hard to top: a $195,000 watch, made partly from recycled components of assault rifles seized in Africa. Not only is it an attention-getting item, but it's also a chance to do good. Each purchase funds the destruction of 1,000 weapons in central Africa.

The man ...


Why Is North Korea Freaked Out About The Threat Of Ebola?

Friday, October 31, 2014

North Korea has a number of serious public health woes: malnutrition, tuberculosis and cardiovascular disease, just to name a few. Ebola isn't one of them. The disease hasn't hit anywhere in Asia, much less this isolated and rarely visited Northeast Asian nation.

And yet state television has been broadcasting daily ...


A Strong Voice From The Ebola Front: Lorenzo Dorr

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

"Now we're in it."

That's what Liberian health worker Lorenzo Dorr tells me. The first two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Grand Gedeh County, in Liberia's southeast, where Dorr is based.

Dorr first spoke with Goats and Soda a few weeks ago about his work with Last ...


Female Heads Of Household (And Hair) Reveal Afghanistan's Drug Use

Monday, October 06, 2014

No country grows as many opium poppies or produces as much illicit opium as Afghanistan. In 2013, opium production soared to a record high of 5,500 tons, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

A study published last week adds to a growing body of ...


Denying Ebola Turns Out To Be A Very Human Response

Saturday, September 27, 2014

It was not a disease. It was a curse.

That's what the family of one Liberian Ebola patient told Dr. Kent Brantly after their relative died in the treatment center where he worked in July.

The logical next step, the family believed, was to seek revenge and kill the person ...


A Liberian Health Worker Aims To Keep Ebola Out Of His Rural Region

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Lorenzo Dorr is facing one of the most important challenges of his career as a Liberian health outreach worker: trying to keep Ebola from taking hold in the southeastern part of the country.

In the weeks ahead, Dorr will be talking with our blog, Goats and Soda, about his mission.



When A Home Poses Health Risks, The Floor May Be The Culprit

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Most of us overlook the ground beneath our feet. But when Gayatri Datar, 28, looks at the floor, she sees an opportunity to improve public health.

A research trip to Rwanda last year, when she was a Stanford University M.B.A. student, transformed Datar's perspective. "I kept seeing dirt floors," she ...


A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision of Vanilla

Friday, August 29, 2014

Madagascar-grown orchids produce most of the world's vanilla beans, but vanilla extract isn't manufactured in country. Former Peace Corps volunteers-turned-entrepreneurs Tim McCollum and Brett Beach, co-founders of the Brooklyn-based Madécasse brand, aim to change that. They want to produce the world's first "bean to bottle" extract, made entirely in ...


Caring For The American Ebola Patients: Inside Emory's Isolation Unit

Monday, August 18, 2014

When it comes to deadly, contagious disease outbreaks like Ebola, the terms "quarantine" and "isolation" take on fresh relevance and urgency. Each has a distinct meaning in the public health context, though the words are often used interchangeably and both refer to protecting the public from communicable illnesses.

Relying on ...