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Comprehensive African health initiative needed

first_imgAs Ebola hysteria dies down in the United States, the international community should not lose sight of a larger issue highlighted by the epidemic — the need to improve health care systems in the poorest African countries, writes Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Professor Richard Marlink in new commentary. He advises world leaders to take their cues from the U.S. government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.HSPH received a total of $362 million from the program for work in Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania that included training health care workers, developing monitoring and evaluation systems, strengthening health care infrastructures, and collaborating with local hospitals and clinics that provide treatment for AIDS patients. HSPH’s PEPFAR grants wound down in 2012, and researchers at the School worked with partner organizations to transition activities to full local ownership.Marlink, who is Bruce A. Beal, Robert L. Beal, and Alexander S. Beal Professor of the Practice of Public Health, helped launch and run HSPH’s PEPFAR efforts in Botswana. In his commentary, published November 14, 2014 on GlobalPost, Marlink describes lessons learned from PEPFAR’s success: Focus on outcomes, establish local partnerships, and leave countries better equipped to deal with other health issues. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Hi-Wire Brewing Lager Should Go Platinum

first_imgAnd the Winner Is…Budweiser Select?Budweiser Select won the gold for American style Lager at the most recent Great American Beer Festival. Miller High Life won the silver. Pabst Brewing Company won the bronze with their Special Export. I don’t even know what the hell their Special Export is (but I want to try it!).I’ve got nothing against Budweiser or Miller or Pabst. I drink all of those beers. But are they medal winners at this country’s quintessential beer competition? Are these grocery store standards still topping the charts when craft breweries are now making solid representations of lagers?Maybe. Maybe Budweiser’s got the lager dialed down so damned good, the little guy doesn’t stand a chance in that category. Or maybe gold medals don’t mean much, or maybe nobody else bothered to enter their lagers in the GABF. I don’t know. What I do know, is there are a number of great craft lagers out there for you to try, even if they don’t have gold medals swinging from their necks. Lagunitas and Bell’s both make a tasty lager (no, “tasty lager” isn’t an oxymoron). Devils Backbone, out of Virginia, makes the Gold-Leaf Lager, which actually won the silver in the American Style Pilsener category at this year’s competition.I like the lager put out by Hi-Wire Brewing, a new brewery out of Asheville. It’s unfiltered, light-hopped, light-bodied, light everything except for taste. This is a solid lager, people, straight down the style standards, and it’s become my go-to easy-drinking beer. If Budweiser Select is the gold-medal winner for Lagers, then this puppy should go platinum.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.comlast_img read more

ProLogis’ Birmingham shed to house Selfridges

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Measles Outbreak Spreads to Florida

first_imgDepartment of Health investigates measles case involving 72-year-old man in Pinellas County https://t.co/Yv6a66VX6I pic.twitter.com/MDSOe0ZL3R— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) April 25, 2019 The 696 measles cases is the most since the U.S. declared the disease eliminated in 2000.The previous high was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported.Earlier this week, health officials said there were 626 cases of the measles, but that number was updated Wednesday evening.Nearly two dozen states are reporting cases of measles including Florida. Most of the measles cases are unvaccinated children and may have originated fromtravel abroad. The CDC is confirming that the U.S. has had nearly 700 cases of measles this year. And a new case has been reported in Florida.The Florida Department of Health confirms an elderly man in Pinellas County has been diagnosed with measles.Health officials said the 72-year-old man had traveled to Asia, but did not provide any other details.Anyone older than 12 months of age should receive the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, the Department of Health said.As you would expect, the disease is making its way through our most vulnerable populations: Man, 72, from Pinellas County is latest to contract measleshttps://t.co/VYn06r41eC— Larry Lynam (@scopedbylarry) April 25, 2019last_img read more