Nicholas Comninellis

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September 2018

Low-Resource Healthcare Pearls

Polio: A Dogged Disease of Poverty

  Polio first appears in recorded human history in 1580 BC. Before widespread use of polio vaccine, polio continued endemic in virtually all low- and middle-income countries. My precious cousin, Roger Hubble, acquired polio in Missouri in the 1950s, and walked with a limp his entire life.   Today, polio treatment remains simply symptomatic and

International Public Health

Health is Wealth

  Today I write from the 5th China National Congress on General Practice, in Shenyang, China, where I just presented Health is Wealth. Indeed, health is in ongoing crisis throughout the world. In every nation, cost is high and growing. Access is low for those separated by distance or insufficient finances. And, quality care is difficult to

Low-Resource Healthcare Pearls

Measles: We Dare Not Loose Vigilance

  One of the greatest challenges in public health is forgetfulness. We forget that just until the 1960s, measles was consistently one of the leading causes of death among children worldwide, accounting for an estimated 20 to 30 percent of such deaths. Today, measles nevertheless continues to be a leading cause of vaccine-preventable childhood mortality,

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