How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34

From outbreaks of measles in the United States and cholera in Haiti to patterns of lead poisoning near gold mines in Nigeria, medical geographers play an important role in tracking disease in the landscape. Today, we’re going to look at strategies medical geographers use to help as many people as possible achieve the highest levelContinue reading “How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34”

EU scientists reveal long-term brain damage caused by Covid

A European study has found that Covid-19 can affect blood vessels in the human brain in a study that has raised more questions about the long-term consequences of the disease. Research by French, Spanish and German scientists published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature Neuroscience reveals that, in addition to attacking the lungs, the virus can also can kill certain brainContinue reading “EU scientists reveal long-term brain damage caused by Covid”

Prison Heat: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver explains how the failure to air-condition prisons can cause both physical and mental health issues for incarcerated people, and why the solution is simpler than you might think.

Children pay the price in Pakistan’s mass HIV outbreak

Since his son was diagnosed with HIV during a mass outbreak in Pakistan among babies and children, hard-up Shahzado Shar has often been forced to choose between food and medicine. His five-year-old was one of hundreds who tested positive in 2019 after a whistleblower doctor uncovered a scandal involving the re-use of needles in southernContinue reading “Children pay the price in Pakistan’s mass HIV outbreak”

UN warns of ‘mass deaths’ in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting

UN says people fleeing military’s ‘brutal, indiscriminate attacks’ in eastern Kayah are in dire need of food and water. A United Nations rights expert has warned of “mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure” in eastern Myanmar after “brutal, indiscriminate attacks” by the military forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes inContinue reading “UN warns of ‘mass deaths’ in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting”

Europe in the Global Age: Crash Course European History #48

In which John looks at what it even means to live in a global age, as we’ve been talking about Europe’s role in the global community for 47 episodes now. But, pedantry aside, the world is more connected than ever, and that has had effects in Europe. Today we’ll investigate how trade, communications, and diseaseContinue reading “Europe in the Global Age: Crash Course European History #48”

Revolutions in Science and Tech: Crash Course European History #44

In the decades following World War II, life changed in many ways, and a fair number of those changes were for the better. Many of those improvements were driven by advances in science and technology, in fields like biology, communication, energy production, space exploration, and especially medicine. Note from Among the Fray: Now that weContinue reading “Revolutions in Science and Tech: Crash Course European History #44”

WWI’s Civilians, the Homefront, and an Uneasy Peace: Crash Course European History #34

World War I was a total war for millions of people in Europe. Many men were enlisted in the fighting, but the war work had implications for the daily lives of a huge number of Europeans. Women entered the workforce in huge numbers, and for a lot of people, the battles raged through their towns,Continue reading “WWI’s Civilians, the Homefront, and an Uneasy Peace: Crash Course European History #34”

Long working hours are a killer, WHO study shows

Working long hours is killing hundreds of thousands of people a year in a worsening trend that may accelerate further due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Monday. In the first global study of the loss of life associated with longer working hours, the paper in the journal Environment International showedContinue reading “Long working hours are a killer, WHO study shows”

World War I Battlefields: Crash Course European History #33

Europe’s system of alliances and centuries-old tensions erupted into war in August of 1914. This week on Crash Course Euro, we’re talking about the military history of World War I, and taking a look at the broad strokes of how the war unfolded. We’ll take you from the guns of August through gruesome battles likeContinue reading “World War I Battlefields: Crash Course European History #33”

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