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Two Stories of Disease: Smallpox & Polio

Smallpox plagued humanity for thousands of years. In the 18th century, smallpox killed one out of every ten children in France and Sweden. Over the 20th century, the virus caused between 300 and 500 million deaths worldwide. No effective treatment was ever developed. The eradication of this devastating disease is one of public health’s greatest […]

September 15th

Plan B 4.0 by the Numbers — Data Highlights on Poverty and Population

www.earthpolicy.org/index.php?/press_room/C68/pb4_ch7_datarelease In Chapter 7 of the recently released Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester Brown lays out the Plan B goals for eradicating poverty and stabilizing population. Behind the scenes are a number of datasets and graphs that delve deeper into the trends discussed in the chapter. Here are some highlights from the […]

November 3rd

Earth Policy Institute: Better Health for All

By Lester R. Brown http://www.earthpolicy.org/Books/Seg/PB3ch07_ss4.htm Ensuring basic health care for people in low-income countries is critical to the Plan B goal of eradicating poverty and stabilizing population. While heart disease and cancer (largely the diseases of aging), obesity, and smoking dominate health concerns in industrial countries, in developing countries infectious diseases are the overriding health […]