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4:52 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

A visit to iLEAP: Seattle’s quiet, boring work in support of revolution

The 2012 iLeap Fellows
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

Today’s Seattle subversives are pretty low-key, superficially boring even — smiling at you in their wrinkled clothing, offering tea and cookies, mumbling quietly about equity and justice and gently nudging you toward whatever might be their most ambitious goal.

Take the iLEAP program, for example.

Read the story on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere
3:08 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Seattle AIDS vaccine scientists celebrate new clues – and uncertainty

Jim Kublin provides an overview of AIDS vaccine science at Seattle HVTN meeting
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

“Good science is based on uncertainty, on having an open mind and dealing with the unknown,” said Dr. Jim Kublin, executive director of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) based at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

His frankness got a laugh at the network’s meeting in Seattle this week. And what makes it easier to laugh about not knowing where you’re going, he added, is that researchers today have a lot more tantalizing clues.

Read more on Humanosphere.

HUmanosphere
4:19 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Seattle opens a ‘town square’ for social enterprise community

Hub Seattle members, from left, Jacob Colker, Lindsey Engh, Kimo Jordan, Brian Howe.

Three of the area’s leading organizations at the forefront of this movement – Hub Seattle, Social Venture Partners and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute – celebrate the grand opening of their new conjoined and co-working space known as the Center for Impact and Innovation.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere
4:54 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Seattle's Nathan Myhrvold: Patent troll, inventor, global do-gooder

Nathan Myhrvold, speaking at Social Innovations Fast Pitch 2012.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

"We invent things and have fun doing it. We explore ideas. Most of them won’t work but they don’t all need to work. We have a number of projects out there that I would say stand a fair chance of improving the lives of many people," Nathan Myhrvold.

The former chief technologist for Microsoftis a close associate of Bill Gates and now CEO of a business, Intellectual Ventures, which some say holds more patents (about 40,000) than any other company in the United States.

I wanted to talk to Myhrvold about his recent ventures into philanthropy, into humanitarianism, which his firm has dubbed its “Global Good” project.

Check out Humanosphere for the rest of the story.

Global health
8:29 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Debate Heats Up About Contentious Bird Flu Research

When a case of the potentially lethal H5N1 bird flu was found in British poultry in 2007, Dutch farmers were told to keep their poultry away from wild birds by closing off outdoor areas with wire mesh.
Ed Oudenaarden AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 8:11 am

What was supposed to be a 60-day moratorium on certain experiments involving lab-altered bird flu has now lasted more than eight months. And there's no clear end in sight.

Researchers still disagree on how to best manage the risks posed by mutant forms of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu. The altered viruses are contagious between ferrets, which are the lab stand-in for humans. The fear is that these germs could potentially cause a deadly flu pandemic in people if they ever escaped the lab.

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Humanosphere
5:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Seattle talk: Philanthro-capitalism and the politics behind the global health agenda

Anne-Emanuelle Birn

The words “global health” conjure up for most folks images of health workers vaccinating children in Africa, major initiatives aimed at getting anti-HIV drugs or anti-malaria bed nets out to people in poor communities across the globe or any number of other noble efforts aimed at fighting diseases of poverty.

Most don’t think of global health as a means to also advance corporate or political agendas. But Anne-Emanuelle Birn does …

Read the interview on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere
12:26 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Top 5 points in Gates Foundation annual report

Bill Gates with a researcher from California Institute of Technology, top prize winner at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle on Aug. 14.
Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today published its 2011 annual report. Yes, I know it’s almost 2013. But they’ve been going through some big internal changes and all these annual reports are issued after-the-fact.

Check out the five main takeaways from the report on Humanosphere.

global health
3:44 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Seattle aid group finds the limits of Burma-Myanmar’s new freedoms

Teaching migrant children on Thai-Burma border.
Partners Asia Prasit Phasomsap

Burmese activist and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is now on a U.S. tour, her freedom celebrated as evidence of change in this once repressive nation. But a Seattle-based humanitarian organization that works with the poor in Myanmar-Burma still has to operate 'discreetly,' off the radar.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Global Health
3:31 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Botswana Doctors Stop Cervical Cancer With A Vinegar Swab

Doreen Ramogola-Masire, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Botswana, hopes that a simple, quick screen for cervical cancer with vinegar will catch the disease early and save women's lives.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 10:56 am

In the U.S., the pap smear has become a routine part of women's health care, and it's dramatically reduced cervical cancer deaths. But in Africa and other impoverished regions, few women get pap smears because the countries lack the laboratories and other resources necessary to offer them.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:10 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Global Smoking Survey Paints A Grim Picture

A man smokes a bidi on "No Tobacco Day," May 31, in Allahabad, India. These small, hand-rolled cigarettes are popular in India and Bangladesh because they are far cheaper than regular cigarettes.
Rajesh Kumar AP

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 3:33 pm

Today we have a fresh look at smoking rates around the world, and the news isn't good.

A survey covering 60 percent of the world's population shows high rates of tobacco use in some countries, with more than 50 percent of men in Russia, China and Ukraine smoking between 2008 and 2010.

Although the statistics for women are better — only 11 percent of woman reported using tobacco — the number of people quitting is shockingly low, dropping below 20 percent in China and India.

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Global Health
4:30 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Why 'the Berlin Patient' is NOT heralding the end of AIDS

In this photo taken May 16, 2011, Timothy Brown, the only man ever known to have been cured from AIDS, poses with his dog, Jack, on Treasure Island in San Francisco. Brown has been called "the Berlin patient" because that's where he was treated.
The Associated Press

Even though the AIDS epidemic is still spreading, the disease is not killing as many people as it used to, because of new drugs. And that's emboldened many leading AIDS researchers and policymakers to talk about ending the epidemic in the next few years.

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Humanosphere
2:28 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

AIDS 2012: Bill Gates skeptical of ending AIDS anytime soon

Bill Gates, World Bank President Jim Kim, AIDS ambassador Eric Goosby and others speak at AIDS 2012.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International AIDS Conference, a mega-meeting of more than 20,000 people, has opened here to fanfare, protests, calls to action and (overly?) ambitious proclamations aimed at fighting complacency.

The world’s biggest AIDS conference has returned to the U.S. – to a city with HIV infection rates comparable to some African nations – after 22 years of ‘separation’ due to our government’s ban against HIV-infected visitors. The Obama Administration repealed the travel ban in 2010.

It appears to be a critical moment for the global response to AIDS. The theme of AIDS 2012 is “Turning the Tide Together."

Read more on Humanosphere.

Global Health
9:28 am
Thu July 19, 2012

'Three Cups' charity expands board in settlement

HELENA, Mont. — The charity co-founded by Greg Mortenson has named seven new board members as part of a settlement over accusations the "Three Cups of Tea" author mismanaged the organization that builds schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Central Asia Institute announced Thursday that the new board members were named during a meeting in San Francisco last week. They include philanthropists, academics, businessmen and an attorney.

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Global Health
7:30 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Northwest runner aims to leverage Olympic platform to help South Sudan

Lopez Lomong will compete in the 5000 meter race at the Summer Olympics in London. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 8:30 pm

Athletes going to the London Olympics commonly have stories of overcoming adversity. But few can top African-born distance runner Lopez Lomong. The one time "Lost Boy" of Sudan relocated to the Portland area last year. He's running for Team USA, but hopes to leverage Olympic success into greater aid and attention for his former homeland.

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Humanosphere
2:58 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

The Seattle science that led to FDA approval of HIV-prevention drug

Gilead Sciences manufactures Truvada, the drug approved for preventing HIV.
GILEAD

The FDA today approved the first drug, known as Truvada, for preventing HIV in people at high risk of infection due to ‘discordance’ – science lingo for being HIV negative but having a sex partner who is HIV positive.

Seattle scientists played a critical role in demonstrating the drug’s effectiveness in Kenya and Uganda studies.

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