August 23, 2013 | The Editors

Surprising cause for diarrhea

Here are a couple of stories we found particularly interesting this week.

Three mothers holding babies waiting to be vaccinated against rotavirus at health center outside Khartoum, Sudan.
Mothers hold babies waiting to be vaccinated against rotavirus, which can cause severe diarrhea, at health center outside Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: PATH/Doune Porter.

Researchers isolate deadliest diarrhea strains—and find a surprise

GlobalPost, August 20, 2013

In the largest study of diarrheal disease to date, researchers found that four pathogens are responsible for the majority of life-threatening diarrhea cases in developing countries. The second most common? The largely ignored parasite cryptosporidium.

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The street of blood and smoke

PBS Newshour, August 14, 2013

On a narrow, dusty street in Tanzania, two women are fighting the global battle against tuberculosis and HIV. One is a nurse, the other is a drug dealer. . . .Fatuma Chande sells drugs to local addicts. Rehema Mpili hands out the clean needles. Together, they make it cheap and easy to do drugs in this corner of the world. Both admit that harm is being done, but they also take pride in the fact that the arrangement is helping make their neighborhood healthier by reducing the rates of HIV, tuberculosis, and even drug addiction itself.

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