Global News Journal

When the going got tough, this school nurse got creative

July 10, 2009

When her tiny office at a prestigious private school in Queens started to fill up with sick and scared students, nurse Mary Pappas took a deep breath and got inventive.  Check out how her on-the-fly responses might help others trying to cope with the swine flu pandemic:

Cattle Rustling, Pythons and Boogie Angola Style …. the best reads of May

May 29, 2009

Climate health costs: bug-borne ills, killer heat
Tree-munching beetles, malaria-carrying mosquitoes and deer ticks that spread Lyme disease are three living signs that climate change is likely to exact a heavy toll on human health. These pests and others are expanding their ranges in a warming world, which means people who never had to worry about them will have to start.

Changing the pandemic rules

May 25, 2009

The World Health Organisation literally changed the rules of the game while playing it last week, when it said it was rethinking the criteria it would use to declare a global flu pandemic is underway.

Pigs might fly, but swine flu!

May 7, 2009

By David Fox

“I called the swine flu hotline, but all I got was crackling”.

The reference to “crackling”, or pork rinds, starts a host of Internet jokes and puns about the new H1N1 strain of flu that has the world on edge but fortunately, so far, has not reached the pandemic proportions feared originally.