United Nations Addresses Issue of Drug-Resistant Diseases

  The United Nations has entered the discussion on the issue of drug-resistant diseases, which are believed responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in fact referred to antimicrobial resistance as a “fundamental threat” to global health at a recent UN General Assembly meeting. Officials at the recent meeting…

Vitiligo – The “Michael Jackson Disease”

Vitiligo, a.k.a. the “Michael Jackson disease,” affects around 0.5-1% of the world’s population. Most commonly reported in India, where an estimated 8.8% of the population suffer from some form of the disease, this non-treatable skin condition is caused by the depigmentation of the skin. The condition causes one’s body to suffer from “milky” patches throughout…

Braids and Birth Control: Hairdressers Provide Free Family Planning Advice in Guinea

  Five salons since 2012 have been offering more than just a beautiful head full of braids; these Conakry, Guinea, businesses are sharing information with their customers about contraception. This idea is new for many of their patrons. With Guinea women having an average of five children, and the lowest contraceptive use rates in the…