Global Health http://kplu.org en 5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef' http://kplu.org/post/5-reasons-eating-bugs-could-save-world-according-seattles-own-bug-chef <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159719343&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle author David George Gordon would be more than happy to <a href="http://davidgeorgegordon.com/?page_id=5158">share his recipe </a>for his three bee salad or cricket nymph risotto. Try the deep-fried tarantula, the bloomin’ onion of arachnids.</p><p>Gordon is known as “the bug chef,” and has written one of the more comprehensive <a href="http://davidgeorgegordon.com/?page_id=5125">cookbooks showcasing bugs and their kin</a>. He is also a true believer in insects as a food source for an ever-hungrier planet, as laid out in a <a href="http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e.pdf">lengthy U.N. report last year</a>.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17834 at http://kplu.org 5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef' Public Health Crusader And College Student Talk Sex, AIDS And What Makes Them Mad http://kplu.org/post/public-health-crusader-and-college-student-talk-sex-aids-and-what-makes-them-mad <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154995614&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Editor's Note:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/senior-thesis" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">“Senior Thesis”</a>&nbsp;is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.</em></p><p>Bob Wood and Carolyn Wortham sat opposite each other in the KPLU studio, separated by a generation during which a whole lot had happened.</p><p>Between the time that Dr. Wood took up arms against the AIDS epidemic and when Wortham took on the same fight, the illness has gone from mysterious killer to manageable condition. The battlefield had moved, to some extent, from urban gay neighborhoods to the developing world.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17244 at http://kplu.org Public Health Crusader And College Student Talk Sex, AIDS And What Makes Them Mad Saving newborn lives with a cardboard box http://kplu.org/post/saving-newborn-lives-cardboard-box <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a safe bet. &nbsp;Sending cardboard boxes to poor countries will be&nbsp;the next big global child health initiative.</span></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:46:11 +0000 Tom Paulson 8998 at http://kplu.org Saving newborn lives with a cardboard box Why Bill Gates Thinks Ending Polio Is Worth It http://kplu.org/post/why-bill-gates-thinks-ending-polio-worth-it Some critics say that ending polio has become Bill Gates' "white whale."<p>Why not just settle for the huge drop in polio cases that we've seen over the past decade and then spend money on other things that kill so many more kids, like diarrhea and malnutrition?<p>"Polio is special," Gates tells NPR's Robert Siegel on <em>All Things Considered</em>. "Once you get it done, you save $2 billion a year that will be applied to those other activities. Wed, 08 May 2013 20:06:17 +0000 8709 at http://kplu.org Why Bill Gates Thinks Ending Polio Is Worth It Seattle doc makes doc film to draw attention to mental illness http://kplu.org/post/seattle-doc-makes-doc-film-draw-attention-mental-illness <p>Delaney Ruston&nbsp;spent a lot of her early days as a physician working in clinics for the poor and disenfranchised, like Berkeley Free Clinic and, later, Seattle’s&nbsp;Pike Market Medial Clinic&nbsp;with a few of area’s leading and long-time health activists Les Pittle and Joe Martin.</p><p>“Early on, I kept wondering why we, the medical community, usually just communicated by giving talks and writing reports, said Delaney. Why, she wondered, did the medical community not make better use of video, especially as a form of physician-doctor communication, since it is so emotionally compelling, personal and we’re such visual animals?</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:11:02 +0000 Tom Paulson 8663 at http://kplu.org Seattle-based PATH to help produce anti-malarial drug at cost http://kplu.org/post/seattle-based-path-help-produce-anti-malarial-drug-cost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Malaria remains one of the&nbsp;world’s biggest killers&nbsp;and also a massive economic drag on poor countries, poor families.</span></p><p>One of our best weapons against this scourge is a drug known as&nbsp;artemisinin, which is harvested from the plant sweet wormwood and, as a crop, is about as predictable as corn or hog futures.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:58:48 +0000 Tom Paulson 8380 at http://kplu.org Seattle-based PATH to help produce anti-malarial drug at cost Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-wants-make-safe-sex-more-fun <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation thinks safe sex isn’t as much fun as it should be.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">At least, that seems to be the gist of one request for a grant application from the world’s largest philanthropy as part of its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/Introduction.aspx" style="color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: underline; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">Grand Challenges Explorations</a>&nbsp;program. One of the goals for this round is to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Topics/Pages/NextGenerationCondomRound11.aspx" style="color: rgb(51, 102, 204); font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">develop a better condom</a>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">“It is a bit unusual,” said Stephen Ward, the program officer with the Gates Foundation administering the project.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:10:27 +0000 Tom Paulson 7958 at http://kplu.org Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun Big data gets another blessing from Bill Gates http://kplu.org/post/big-data-gets-another-blessing-bill-gates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sometimes seeing data presented in the right way can change your entire view of the world.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Bill Gates says that’s what happened to him 20 years ago, with global health:</p><blockquote><p>“I was completely stunned by the burden of disease in poor countries, to see that diarrhea was killing literally millions of children, and that some of those causes of diarrhea, like rotavirus, were preventable," he said. "There was a vaccine available in rich countries, but ironically, not in poor countries."</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:54:17 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7903 at http://kplu.org Big data gets another blessing from Bill Gates After consulate bombing, Libyan doctors getting help in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/after-consulate-bombing-libyan-doctors-getting-help-seattle <p></p><p>The rocket attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens gets plenty of attention in Congress. But, not many have heard about a global health project Stevens left behind.</p><p>When Stevens was murdered last Sept. 11th in Benghazi, Libya, he had a meeting scheduled with a group of doctors the very next day, Sept. 12th. They're trying to setup Libya’s first modern 911 system.</p><p>Now, Stevens' sister, in Seattle, is bringing a higher profile to that unfinished project – helping a group from Boston that’s working with the Libyan doctors. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:54:06 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7802 at http://kplu.org After consulate bombing, Libyan doctors getting help in Seattle How one of the largest relief efforts ever affects Haiti, 3 years later http://kplu.org/post/how-one-largest-relief-efforts-ever-affects-haiti-3-years-later <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What happens when you have a thousand humanitarian groups, from the Red Cross and World Vision to small local groups, all converge on the poorest country in the Western hemisphere?</span></p><p>This weekend marks three years since a massive earthquake killed at least 200,000 people and left about a million homeless in Haiti. The international response was one of the largest outpourings of money and assistance ever. Humanitarian groups, including some from the northwest, are still trying to help people recover.</p><p>Whether the international effort to save lives and improve Haiti has been a success is hotly debated. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:49:18 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7540 at http://kplu.org How one of the largest relief efforts ever affects Haiti, 3 years later What’s making us sick ... and what’s not http://kplu.org/post/what-s-making-us-sick-and-what-s-not <p></p><p>In 2012, it’s more likely to be obesity than infectious disease, even in many so-called "poor" countries.</p><p>People around the world are living longer – but they're also more likely to get sick from diseases that are common in America. These trends are highlighted in an ambitious Seattle-based project to track health and sickness in countries around the world.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7350 at http://kplu.org What’s making us sick ... and what’s not 'Three Cups Of Tea' co-author took own life, medical examiner says http://kplu.org/post/three-cups-tea-co-author-took-own-life-medical-examiner-says David Oliver Relin, a journalist who had reported from around the world before gaining fame — and getting mired in controversy — as co-author of the best-selling <em>Three Cups of Tea</em>, took his own life when he died on Nov. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:40:53 +0000 Mark Memmott 7268 at http://kplu.org 'Three Cups Of Tea' co-author took own life, medical examiner says Gates Foundation blog accuses tax cheats of fueling poverty http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-blog-accuses-tax-cheats-fueling-poverty <p></p><p>Melinda Gates is running full <a href="http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/US.php?id=5763">tilt against the Catholic Church</a> on family planning and now the philanthropy’s blog is pumping out this thinly disguised attack on, well, rich people. Something seems to be changing over there. The Gates Foundation is getting political. As the authors — Joe Brewer, Martin Kirk and Adriana Valdez Young — say:</p><p>“The depiction of poverty as a background reality with no human cause conceals the active role of decision makers to create and perpetuate it.”</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/jp/gates-foundation-blog-accuses-tax-cheats-of-fueling-poverty/" target="_blank"><strong>Read the full story on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:31:25 +0000 Tom Paulson 7248 at http://kplu.org Gates Foundation blog accuses tax cheats of fueling poverty Seattle doctor back from Congo, learned to diagnose better http://kplu.org/post/seattle-doctor-back-congo-learned-diagnose-better <p></p><p>The latest violence in central Africa is resonating with a group of doctors in the Puget Sound area. They’re medical relief workers who take time off from local clinics and hospitals to work in battle zones. Some are sharing their stories tonight, Nov. 28th, at a film screening in Seattle sponsored by Doctors Without Borders (details below).&nbsp;</p><p>For example, Dr. Terra Bowles is just back from her third stint in the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:08:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7212 at http://kplu.org Seattle doctor back from Congo, learned to diagnose better HIV Infections Rise Among Young Black Men In U.S. http://kplu.org/post/hiv-infections-rise-among-young-black-men-us The latest data on HIV rates in American teenagers and young adults offer a sobering message.<p>While the number of new infections in the U.S. is relatively <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/07/25/156991065/track-the-spread-of-aids-across-the-globe">stable</a> — at about 50,000 people each year — HIV is on the rise in young people under 25.<p>Youths age 13 to 24 made up about a quarter of all new HIV infections in the U.S. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:31:45 +0000 7209 at http://kplu.org HIV Infections Rise Among Young Black Men In U.S.