FROM Lawrence Gostin
Zika and the Politics of Public Health Does the Zika virus really cause the birth defect microcephaly? From Brazil's Amazon Basin to the favelas of Sao Paulo, researchers are looking for answers. We hear what's being learned on the ground about the deadly mix of over-crowding, extreme poverty, drought and climate change. They're combining to foster the breed of mosquitos that carries Zika as well as other, deadly diseases. The World Health Organization's declared a "public health emergency" — but is also telling athletes and fans of the summer Olympics not to worry.
Dallas Ebola Patient Dies; Enhanced Screening at U.S. Airports Thomas Eric Duncan, America’s first Ebola patient—who flew here from Liberia—has died in the same Dallas hospital that initially turned him away. This comes as federal health officials announced they’ll start screening the temperatures of passengers whose travels began in West Africa. Lawrence Gostin is Director of the O’Neal Institute for Global Health Law at Georgetown University.
Ebola Virus Spreads to Lagos, Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria, is a city of 21 million people — and the first large urban center hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Tim Cocks of the Reuters news service reports that health officials call Lagos “a perfect environment for the virus to spread.” We’ll hear about efforts to prevent further spread of a deadly virus with no known cure, and about ethical questions: Should medications be administered even when they’ve never been tested on human beings? And who should be first to get them?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.