Experts called on Tuesday for urgent, root-and-branch changes to the World Health Organization after an inadequate response to West Africa’s vast and deadly Ebola outbreak. The U.N. agency “does not currently possess the capacity or organizational culture to deliver a full emergency public health response”, a panel of independent experts said in a report on the handling of the Ebola crisis

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Sepsis

July 2, 2015

The largely unknown condition that puts one million people in the hospital each year

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“There are babies, there are young children, there are teenagers, there are adults, men, women, elderly people,” Ms. Abadie said on a recent afternoon at an Inrap warehouse in La Courneuve, a suburb on the northern outskirts of Paris, where the skeletal remains are now housed. “This was a mortality crisis, that much is clear,”

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Being Mortal describes how the health care system fails to serve Americans at the ends of their lives. This is Atul Gawande’s best book. Remember that you have to die: Read this book and think it through

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As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa wanes, physicians from Doctors Without Borders are confronting a mystery: More of their patients are surviving. They do not know why. “The reasons are really unclear,” said Dr. Gilles van Cutsem, who helped run the agency’s response in Liberia and gave a presentation describing its experience at an AIDS conference here

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Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe, a study suggests. Scientists believe repeat epidemics of the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in the mid-14th Century, instead trace back to gerbils from Asia

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“This is a wake-up call to make sure that we keep measles from regaining a foothold in our country.” Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters

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You can deny 30 million patients access to care, but you can’t deny their need for care

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