One image, of a starving polar bear in a town in Siberia, seemed to encapsulate the tragedy of climate change. But the story, it turned out, was incomplete.
Gabrielle Fitzgerald“The story of #climatechange has been told, in part, through pictures of polar bears. And no wonder: in their glittering icy habitat, they reflect the otherworldly beauty that rising temperatures threaten to destroy.”
Almost half (45 percent) of the people surveyed said they had personally not followed their doctor’s instructions regarding the taking of antibiotics.
Gabrielle Fitzgerald“Not only are almost half (47%) of Americans unaware that antibiotic-resistance is a threat, many ppl continue to harbor false beliefs about antibiotics—beliefs that are contributing to the crisis.”
The writers, who are all physicians, are infectious diseases specialists for the University of Nebraska Medical Center/ Nebraska Medicine.
Gabrielle FitzgeraldHow to fight #pandemic threats, via @unmc:
Fight misinfo & promote credible sources
Adequately fund #publichealth infrastructure
Increase int’l collaboration for preparedness & response
Make new investments in innovation for pandemic defense
Healthcare professionals around the world are pushing back against anti-immunisation campaigns.
Gabrielle Fitzgerald“The problem facing medicine is global, where disinformation about #vaccines is readily accepted as having equal or greater value than the work of scientists who have spent their careers fighting disease.” bbc.com/news/health-48…@BBCNews #VaccinesWork
Gabrielle Fitzgerald2018-2019 flu season may not have been as severe as previous year, but was the longest in a decade, lasting 21 weeks. Per @CDCgov: high early-season vax rates & relatively effective annual vaccine appeared to help suppress illnesses -- #VaccinesWork!
The recent spread of this infectious disease has prompted a rise in stories denying it. But the Red Cross has devised a system of “rumour-mapping” to fight back. Andy Martin talks to aid workers trying to treat the virus and the epidemic of fake...
As the dangers and costs of climate change rise, policymakers are facing painful choices about how to decide which communities to protect.
Gabrielle Fitzgerald“As disaster costs keep rising nationwide, a troubling new debate: If there’s not enough money to protect every coastal community from effects of human-caused global warming, how should we decide which ones to save first?” @cflav
One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe, yet across the country vaccine coverage is rising. Alex Whiting asks why.
Gabrielle FitzgeraldBetween 2010-2017, over half a million French infants didn’t receive a first dose of #measles vaccine. France was 1 of 10 countries w/highest year-on-year increases in measles, w/confirmed cases jumping from around 500 in 2017 to nearly 3,000 in 2018.
A major global survey helps explain the problem of vaccine mistrust.
Gabrielle FitzgeraldNo major religion opposes #vaccines—but members of several groups have in certain instances come up w/religious justifications for refusal/used authority to turn ppl off immunization. Some groups have even been targeted w/misinformation: vox.com/2019/6/19/1868…@juliaoftoronto
Public discussion with objective to obtain comments on the “Global Action Plan for Healthy lives and Wellbeing for All,” which will be presented during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2019.
PBS NewsHour breaks down the U.S. fall and rise of the measles in 3 charts.
Gabrielle Fitzgerald“Many people alive today cannot remember those years filled with school quarantines, stillbirths and deaths. Here are key moments and outbreaks in the nation’s #measles history.” @ @MoNscience