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December 2017

Dec 10
December 10
World Veterinary Association Declaration of Incheon on the Role of the Veterinary Profession in One Health and EcoHealth Initiatives

One outcome of the World Veterinary Congress 2017 in Incheon, Seoul, South Korea is the VETERINARY VISION 2050 Declaration that emphasizes the professional and societal roles of veterinarians in One Health networks.  On 10th December 2017, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) Council adopted that Declaration as the ‘WVA Declaration of Incheon on the Role of the Veterinary Profession in One Health and EcoHealth Initiatives.’

Dec 1
December 1
Challenges and Opportunities by Dr. Bruce Kaplan

Dr. Bruce Kaplan of the One Health Initiative collated both his own and his colleagues' responses on the importance of a worldwide one health approach. 

 

November 2017

Nov 26
November 26
Toward holistic governance in an interdependent world

Founder of the ‘Global One Health Think Tank’ and Chair of the One Health Commission’s International One Health Education Task Force calls for ‘One Health in all policies’ in SEEJPH Editorial

Nov 16
November 16
One Health: Developing Indicators to Monitor Progress toward Implementation

In March 2017, a meeting was co-organized by the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security and the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva titled ‘Global Health Crises: Monitoring and Reporting Progress towards Preparedness’. The meeting explored the types of indicators that would be most useful to monitor progress and hold national, regional and global health stakeholders accountable for their commitments. Several gaps in the existing body of indicators were identified for further discussion and action. Importantly, attendees recognized the linkages between human, animal and environmental health and the need to monitor specific One Health activities.

Nov 10
November 10
Ohio State's Global One Health initiative Celebrates Eastern Africa Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Global One Health connects Ohio State to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Thailand, China, India and beyond in a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to improve health, build capacity, and provide learning opportunities for students across the globe. The program expanded three years later to include Ohio State’s seven health sciences colleges as well as the colleges of agriculture, business, engineering and social work. Today hundreds of Ohio State students, faculty and staff are involved in the project, building capacity in various cross-cutting issues including Zoonotic diseases (such as Rabies and Brucellosis), Antimicrobial resistance, cancer, maternal and child health, medicinal plants, food safety, curriculum twinning and control and sharing the information through innovative e-learning technology. Global One Health is the university’s largest, interdisciplinary example of institutional teamwork operating on a global scale. 

Nov 9
November 9
Cats may prevent children getting asthma, scientists say

Keeping a cat in the home may prevent asthma in young children, according to Danish scientists.

Nov 8
November 8
Antibiotic Resistance is a One Health Problem

The health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment, which are all affected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Nov 3
November 3
Chasing a Killer: The CDC searches for Monkeypox in Congo Republic, Africa

U.S. and Congolese scientists are tracking a virus. At a time when a deadly disease can cross the globe, they need to understand the mysterious monkeypox.

Nov 2
November 2
One Health – a joined up approach to tackling a global challenge

November 3rd is One Health Day, and it was initiated in 2016 to promote the One Health message of looking at planetary health as a cross disciplinary, global challenge...and consequently finding collaborative solutions. But what does One Health encompass?

Nov 1
November 1
Plague’s Blast from the Past Carries a Major Lesson: One Health Matters

Epidemics and pandemics can rewrite history. The Great Plague of the medieval ages, or “The Black Death,” which killed 75-200 million and wiped away 60% of the European population, is one of history’s most catastrophic examples. The last plague pandemic occurred in the 19th century, killing 10 million in the Indian sub-continent alone.

 

October 2017

Oct 25
October 25
Want healthier children? Get a pet

If youngsters have been eyeing fuzzy kittens or boisterous puppies at nearby shelters or pet stores, parents may want to give in to those cries for a family pet. Pets are added responsibilities, but the health benefits associated with pet ownership may be well worth the investment of time and effort.

Oct 23
October 23
Operationalizing One Health: Observe, Analyze, Communicate’

Side Event at the 2017 US GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Conference

This side event will define and motivate the use of the One Health approach within a GEO Plenary context, to aid decision making by the GEO Member governments and GEO Participating Organizations. The Arctic will be used as an illustrative example throughout the session.  As a region of the world where One Health has long been recognized in local communities, the Arctic will be used as an illustrative example throughout the session. Speakers will be drawn from an interagency group that has focused on Arctic One Health under the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including the  U.S. Department of State, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Department of the Interior

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Oct 19
October 19
The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, Landrigan PJ et al, (Open Access)

Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence. In the most severely affected countries, pollution-related disease is responsible for more than one death in four.

Pollution disproportionately kills the poor and the vulnerable. Nearly 92% of pollution-related deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries and, in countries at every income level, disease caused by pollution is most prevalent among minorities and the marginalised. Children are at high risk of pollution-related disease and even extremely low-dose exposures to pollutants during windows of vulnerability in utero and in early infancy can result in disease, disability, and death in childhood and across their lifespan.

Oct 13
October 13
OIE, FAO and WHO release their second One Health Tripartite document

Today, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released their second Tripartite strategic document reaffirming their commitment to providing multi-sectoral, collaborative leadership in addressing health challenges. The scope of their collaboration will be enlarged to more broadly embrace the “One Health” approach recognizing that human health, animal health, and the environment are interconnected.

Oct 12
October 12
Brain tumor treatment for dogs may soon be used in human patients

Data from a clinical trial at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech to treat brain tumors in dogs may eventually be used to help humans.

Oct 10
October 10
Superbugs Don't Respect Borders: Pew Charitable Trust graphic on how Antimicrobial Resistance spreads around the world

The recently reported outbreak of a deadly new type of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia in Hangzhou, China, has once again raised alarm around the world about the growing specter of an untreatable superbug. While not yet identified outside of China, it is likely just a matter of time.

Oct 4
October 4
Heal, Boy

Retrievers in the lab and cats in chemotherapy: How your pet may save your life one day.

Oct 1
October 1
Launch of applications for Soulsby Fellowships in One Health

The Soulsby Foundation is now open for Veterinary & Medical graduates who have a proposal for an impactful project in the field of One Health, especially internationally, to apply for a Soulsby Fellowship up to the value of £20K

Oct 1
October 1
Vector-borne Disease Emergence and Climate Change, By Mariana Guerra, Samantha Boyjian, and Alexandra Allen, edited by So Lee Park

Climate plays an essential role in environmental conditions, and it can directly affect the habitats of animals and insects. As climate changes over a period of time, certain species must either adapt or relocate to survive. Due to these environmental drivers, the number of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases that are transmitted by animals and insects are increasing, causing negative impacts on health.

Oct 1
October 1
Insect Life and Climate Change: Pollinators and Pests, By Erin Strathe, Rebecca Tomasek, and Joaquin Baruch

Without knowing what changes will occur or the impact these changes may have, we are left with many unanswered questions and a large unmapped area of risk. It is certain, however, that the prediction and solutions to these issues will require an interdisciplinary approach. Experts across multiple disciplines will need to come together to ensure that the changes in the ecosystem are not diminishing the quality of life of animals and humans. This will only be possible using One Health principles.

 

September 2017

Sep 28
September 28
What's the Difference? The Meaning of One Health

If you’re just testing your interest in population-level health or you’re a veteran public health-er, you may be a bit bewildered by the proliferation of the various “healths:” public health, global health, planetary health, one health… The differences can be squishy, the distinctions cloudy or monumental.

Sep 27
September 27
Finding Lead in Pets: Lead contamination affects people and probably pets

We know that pets can be sentinels for what people are being environmentally exposed to. But could people also be sentinels for what we should look for in pets?

"In the absence of surveillance for lead exposure in pets, the number or percentage of pets with exposure or toxicosis is unknown. The available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency provide some indication of how many homes have lead exposure risks. Most of those data are from public health campaigns intended to reduce lead exposure in children."
 

Sep 26
September 26
Healthy pets, healthy humans: The connections we make with our furry friends make us happier

You might be responsible for your pet’s life, but your animal is returning the favor. Bonnie Beaver, professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, says that pets achieve this by helping you lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling existence.

Sep 20
September 20
Pets and pests could stave off childhood asthma

New research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests that exposing children to pet and other common indoor allergens before the age of 3 may prevent the development of asthma.

Sep 16
September 16
Kansas State University (USA) Takes Over Production of One Health Newsletter

After nearly nine years of highly successful publications with contacts worldwide, the One Health Newsletter (OHNL) is being transferred to the auspices of the Kansas State University.

The One Health Newsletter was initiated in 2008 by the Florida Department of Health (USA) and published through the winter of 2014 https://goo.gl/hjUWod.  It was then transitioned to the University of Florida (Emerging Pathogens Institute) which published until 2017 https://goo.gl/ATajrK [provided courtesy Mary M. Merrill, MHS, former University of Florida OHNL co-editor].Kansas State University faculty, staff, and students plan to feature current issues and innovations in One Heath in each edition, which will include 3-5 stories that will provide professionals and students a go-to source Of One Health news.

Sep 13
September 13
The great nutrient collapse

A Must Read! One Health and The Great Nutrient Collapse:  Another quintessential One Health Challenge - this one on the food security/quality front. Please read all the way to the end to discover the One Health challenge that a mathematician wanting to learn about and contribute to plant biology experienced.

Sep 12
September 12
Contaminants in Dolphins Suggest Ecosystem Woes

When Gregory Bossart began studying lesions on Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) populations over 10 years ago, he didn’t know the extent to which they would point to negative impacts in the ecosystem.

Sep 12
September 12
Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

New book by Maryn McKenna, an award-winning author of two books, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. This book tells the story of how antibiotics created modern agriculture and changed the way the world eats.

Sep 5
September 5
JWM Study: Contaminated Game Raises Health Concerns for Hunters

When you buy meat in the supermarket, it’s been subjected to safety testing before being packaged and stacked in the refrigerator case. But hunters who eat game meat may be at risk of consuming untested environmental contaminants — sometimes at levels considered harmful to human health over time — especially when they hunt near contaminated areas.

Sep 2
September 2
National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2022

National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2022 published by Nigerian Federal Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Health. In line with her agreement in 2015 to the World Health Assembly’s Global Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance, Nigeria has assured her commitment by developing her National Action Plan through a ‘One Health’ approach and enrolling in the Global AMR Surveillance System (GLASS).

 

August 2017

Aug 19
August 19
Want to keep America safe? Train more veterinarians

Veterinarians don't come to mind when most people think of national security. But they play a vital role in protecting the U.S. food supply from bioterror attacks.

Aug 18
August 18
CDC Connecting human, animal, and environmental health

CDC’s One Health Office recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. A One Health approach encourages collaborative efforts of many experts (like disease detectives, laboratorians, physicians, and veterinarians) working across human, animal, and environmental health to improve the health of people and animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife.

Check out the newest fact sheet to learn more about CDC's One Health work in the United States and around the world to protect the health of people, animals, and the environment.

 

July 2017

Jul 24
July 24
More Evidence That Owning a Dog Is Really Good for You

Dogs are more than just cuddly companions — research continues to show that pets bring real health benefits to their owners.

Jul 19
July 19
One Health for a Changing World: Zoonoses, Ecosystems and Human Well-Being

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special themed issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled One Health for a changing world: zoonoses, ecosystems and human well-being compiled and edited by Andrew Cunningham, Ian Scoones and James Wood. The articles can be freely accessed directly at http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/372/1725

A print version is also available for order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1725 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact debbie.vaughan@royalsociety.org

Jul 18
July 18
Blue Planet 3rd Symposium: The role of oceans in Earth’s life-support system

Blue Planet Symposium explores the critical role that oceans play in the Earth’s life-support system, and the challenge of minimizing human impact on their wellbeing. Held in the run-up to the first UN Oceans Conference, the Symposium established that the GEO initiative will focus efforts on supporting the ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals.

Jul 17
July 17
New Guidelines for One Health Studies: Checklist for One Health Epidemiological Reporting of Evidence (COHERE)

One Health is defined as the intersection and integration of knowledge regarding humans, animals, and the environment, yet as the One Health scientific literature expands, there is considerable heterogeneity of approach and quality of reporting in One Health studies. In addition, many researchers who publish such studies do not include or integrate data from all three domains of human, animal, and environmental health. This points to a critical need to unify guidelines for One Health studies. This report details the Checklist for One Health Epidemiological Reporting of Evidence (COHERE) to guide the design and publication format of future One Health studies.

Jul 11
July 11
Era of ‘Biological Annihilation’ Is Underway, Scientists Warn

From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway, new research finds.

Jul 9
July 9
G-20 Summit declaration tackles antimicrobial resistance based on One Health approach

HAMBURG: The G20 nations, including India, today pledged to strengthen health systems and also combat the menace of antimicrobial resistance, which the grouping termed as a "growing threat" to public health and economic growth.  The declaration adopted by the nations said they would aim to tackle the spread of AMR through the implementation of their respective national action plans based on "one health" approach. View the G-20 Leaders' Declaration HERE (see bottom of page 8). 

Jul 3
July 3
The Healing Power of Music

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. was the site June 2–3 of an extraordinary public gathering. Leading neurologists, researchers, and health professionals joined musicians, music therapists, and other artists for Sound Health: Music and the Mind.

Jul 3
July 3
July 3 Students for One Health get organized. Call for Applications for newly forming Students for One Health Executive Council

Students for One Health (SOH) is an umbrella organization for student One Health groups/clubs around the world. The SOH aims to empower and educate students within the One Health field. The SOH works closely with the One Health Commission (OHC) as a parent organization. Until now the SOH has functioned informally within the OHC with OHC providing expertise, an online meeting platform and IT support through webinar services, mailing lists and website support. Moving forward, the SOH intends to become an independent organization that works closely with the OHC.

Jul 2
July 2
Scientists are Dusting Off a Long-Forgotten Weapon to Cope With Modern Bacteria

In 1915, British scientist Frederick Twort saw something weird happening to the bacteria that had invaded his viral cultures: They were disappearing, a sign they had been destroyed. Two years later, French-Canadian microbiologist Félix d’ Hérelle observed the same phenomenon in his own lab.

 

June 2017

Jun 26
June 26
How Getting a Dog Can Bring You Better Health

Man's best friend can be our best exercise partner as well. Study after study has shown dog owners are more physically active than the average American and less likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or suffer from diabetes, obesity or depression.

Jun 20
June 20
CDC Surveys Find Increase in the Number of U.S. Counties With Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus Mosquitoes That Can Spread Zika

The Southern United States shows a substantial increase in the number of counties that reported evidence of the mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. 

Jun 15
June 15
Three Mutations Switch H7N9 Influenza to Human-Type Receptor Specificity

The avian H7N9 influenza outbreak in 2013 resulted from an unprecedented incidence of influenza transmission to humans from infected poultry. The majority of human H7N9 isolates contained a hemagglutinin (HA) mutation (Q226L) that has previously been associated with a switch in receptor specificity from avian-type (NeuAcα2-3Gal) to human-type (NeuAcα2-6Gal), as documented for the avian progenitors of the 1957 (H2N2) and 1968 (H3N2) human influenza pandemic viruses. While this raised concern that the H7N9 virus was adapting to humans, the mutation was not sufficient to switch the receptor specificity of H7N9, and has not resulted in sustained transmission in humans. To determine if the H7 HA was capable of acquiring human-type receptor specificity, we conducted mutation analyses. Remarkably, three amino acid mutations conferred a switch in specificity for human-type receptors that resembled the specificity of the 2009 human H1 pandemic virus, and promoted binding to human trachea epithelial cells.

Jun 12
June 12
Celebrating the Next Generation of One Health leaders: Congratulations, Heather Fowler!

Heather Fowler, VMD, PhD, recently received her PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences through the Center for One Health Research at the University of Washington (UW). Mentored by Peter Rabinowitz, M.D., MPH, she received the coveted Gilbert S. Omenn 2017 Award for Academic Excellence among hundreds in the UW School of Public Health, and gave the student address at the June graduation ceremony inviting her colleagues to join her in the practice of One Health. See the Video and transcript of her speech.
 

Jun 9
June 9
Integration of Social Sciences Into Health Interventions: the Wellcome Trust and the WHO Consult Afrique One-ASPIRE

Since the first Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in West Africa that caused more than 11 000 deaths, the call for integrating social science knowledge into health interventions has reached a new peak. Western States and the WHO in particular were criticized for their late and often inappropriate response by ignoring regional histories of war, local burial rites and culturally-sensitive communication.

Jun 8
June 8
Operationalizing One Health in the Arctic: Tackling Emerging One Health Challenges in a Regional Diplomatic Forum

Mr. Joshua Glasser will discuss Operationalizing One Health in the  Arctic: Tackling Emerging One Health Challenges in a Regional Diplomatic Forum.

Jun 8
June 8
Experienced Texas A & M University (USA) One Health Professor Enhances a Dynamic One Health Program

Since 2015, Rosina (Tammi) C. Krecek, FRSSAf, BS, MS, PhD, MAP, MBA has been Research Professor of Global One Health and Interim Assistant Dean of One Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (USA).

Jun 7
June 7
Animal Abuse Can Be ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ Indicator of Interpersonal Violence, Experts Say

The intentional harming and killing of animals is often tied to violence against humans, and knowledge of this connection can be used to improve anti-cruelty and public safety efforts, according to experts in law, psychology and veterinary forensics from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Jun 6
June 6
MV-CHIKV Chikungunya Vaccine Clinical Trial Begins

A clinical trial of an experimental vaccine to prevent infection with chikungunya virus is now enrolling healthy adult volunteers at sites in the United States.

Jun 2
June 2
China H7N9 Total Grows by 8; Studies Detail Virus Mutations

Reflecting continued slow decline of H7N9 avian flu cases in China, eight new illnesses were reported this week, as research teams from the country published new studies that provide an early glimpse of the epidemiology and clinical features of the highly pathogenic variant that recently emerged in poultry and is also infecting people.

 

May 2017

May 31
May 31
Reading to Therapy Dogs Improves Literacy Attitudes in Second-Grade Students

Second-grade students who read aloud to dogs in an afterschool program demonstrated improved attitudes about reading, according to researchers at Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University. Their research appears online in advance of print in the Early Childhood Education Journal.

May 30
May 30
Development of a Project Proposal Supporting a Sustainable Future for People and Planet

Human  existence  is  deeply  embedded  in  the  natural  world  and  the  survival  of  all species, including our own, is wholly dependent on a healthy planet. But the health of our planet is in serious trouble (1).  According to the authors of ‘Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health,’ (2)  while ‘human health is better today than any time in human history’ as life expectancy has risen across the globe  and child mortality rates have fallen significantly, our progress to date has come at a steep price, some have called the Ecology Paradox: ‘we have been mortgaging the health of future generations in order to realize economic and development gains in the present.’ (2).  Evidence of this trade-off  abounds, including, as highlighted by the Center for One Health Research at the University of Washington, ‘biodiversity loss, climate change, particulate air pollution, ocean acidification, and deforestation.’ (3).

May 25
May 25
Virginia High School Features Student's Dog in Yearbook for a Touching Reason

One school made sure that a student's furry friend was remembered in the yearbook. Andrew "AJ" Schalk, 16, a junior at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, goes to school every day with his service dog, Alpha.

May 24
May 24
Maccabe Discusses Sustainable Production/Global Development in CUGH's Keynote Plenary

AAVMC CEO Andrew T. Maccabe spoke on livestock production, sustainability and poverty reduction during the opening plenary session of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health's 8th Annual Global Health Conference in Washington April 7-9. Attracting more than 1,800 registrants, the meeting was themed "Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems: Implementation, Leadership and Sustainability in Global Health." Maccabe's One Health oriented presentation emphasized the interconnections between domestic animals, wild animals, human, and environmental health and described the important role healthy animals play in global food production systems and poverty reduction. To view his presentation, please click here.

May 24
May 24
AAVMC, APLU, FAO and World Bank Convene for AMR Roundtable

Fifteen stakeholders from the AAVMC, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Bank met at the FAO Liaison Office for North America in Washington, D.C. in early April to discuss strategies for mitigating the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problem. Talks focused on educational, research and policy development initiatives with international impact, including methods for educating stakeholders, the potential establishment of a university-based Center of Excellence to coordinate research and educational programs, and Congressional outreach and potential One Health legislation.

May 24
May 24
ASTMH and CSIS: Alan J. Magill Malaria Eradication Symposium

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), a sponsor of the One Health Commission, partnered with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to convene the inaugural Alan J. Magill Malaria Eradication Symposium in Washington, DC. The symposium will consist of three panels: progress towards malaria eradication and the critical role of the U.S., innovative science in support of elimination and countering resistance, and the role of the private sector, including faith-based organizations, in malaria elimination. 

May 24
May 24
Prominent U.S. Tuberculosis Expert and One Health Leader Dies

Dr. Charles O. Thoen, a veterinarian internationally recognized for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the scientific field of tuberculosis and an avid One Health leader/advocate died unexpectedly Monday, 8 May 2017.  Dr. Thoen credited his training at Mayo Clinic for providing him with research skills, and a childhood pet for sparking his lifelong interest in infectious diseases in animals and humans.

May 18
May 18
The Self-Medicating Animal

Chausiku was clearly sick. The chimpanzee was in her 30s, a chimp’s prime. She was usually a gentle, doting mother. But one day she built a nest in a tree, climbed in and lay down, letting her infant, a male named Chopin, roam unsupervised. Another female chimp began looking after Chopin while Chausiku rested.

May 15
May 15
One Health and Planetary Health

"In 2015, the Rockefeller Foundation released a major report about the state of the planet, called Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch. This document outlines the case that anthropogenic changes in the environment are now threatening the basic life support services of the earth’s systems. Some of the concerning trends include biodiversity loss, climate change, particulate air pollution, ocean acidification, and deforestation. The report indicates a number of ways that this environmental degradation can pose a serious threat to human health in the future, and calls for urgent research and policy action to address these large-scale problems.

At the Center for One Health Research (COHR), we view these critical environmental threats highlighted by the Rockefeller Planetary Health Report as intrinsic to our understanding and application of One Health."

May 10
May 10
2nd International Who's Who in Students for One Health (SOH) Global Webinar

ATTENTION!!! Help celebrate the One Health Day 2016 Student Event Competition Winners.

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017, Time: 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Savings Time Zone

Register here

May 10
May 10
Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Basics; The 123s of VFDs

The United States Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) went into effect on January 1, 2017.  This new set of federal rules requires, for the first time, veterinary oversight whenever medically important antibioticsmedications that are important for treating human disease- are administered to any food animal species via feed or water, even if the animals are not intended for food production. From pet rabbits and pigs to backyard poultry, to large livestock farms, the same restrictions apply. All medically important antibiotics to be used in feed or water for food animal species require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) or a prescription. The new rule is intended to curtail indiscriminate use of antibiotics in an effort to slow the development of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

May 10
May 10
Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets. Online course available year-round from Iowa State University' Center for Food Security and Public Health.

This online course provides an opportunity for veterinary, medical/public health professionals, and students to refresh and gain knowledge of key zoonotic diseases of companion animals. It is approved for 10 hours of CE for veterinarians or veterinary technicians in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval. All participants receive a copy of the book by the same title as the course

May 7
May 7
CDC Celebrates National Pet Week

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? Pets are an important part of our lives. Whether it’s your jogging buddy, couch companion, or quiet confidante, pets are there for us when we need them. Pets help us stay happy and healthy--keeping your pet healthy can help keep you healthy, too!

May 5
May 5
Power of the Pet: Pets Enrich Our Lives

I grew up in rural Texas surrounded by animals of all kinds: dogs, cat, rabbits, hamsters, goats, chickens, and even hermit crabs. My fondest childhood memories involve these pets – that’s a big part of why I’m a veterinarian. And because I’ve learned there are close links between animal health and human health, I signed on as a disease detective at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May 5
May 5
Can Saving Animals Prevent the Next Deadly Pandemic?

A global disease monitoring network is banking on the idea that healthier wildlife means healthier humans.

May 5
May 5
Noise Pollution is Pervasive in U.S. Protected Areas

Species in nature reserves are experiencing increased pressure from human encroachment in many forms. One type of pressure that is rarely discussed but perennial is human-produced noise. Buxton et al. looked at the degree to which such noise has affected protected areas across the United States. Human-produced noise doubled background noise levels in a majority of protected areas and substantially affected critical habitat areas for endangered species.

May 5
May 5
Can Saving Animals Prevent the Next Deadly Pandemic?

In the fall of 2014, the deadly Ebola virus jumped from an unknown animal to a 2-year-old boy in Guinea. The virus quickly spread to others around him and began terrorizing West African nations; by April 2016, more than 11,000 people had died. Researchers now believe that fruit bats were the origin of this zoonotic disease—which refers to any disease that makes the jump from animals to humans (or vice versa), and includes around  75 percent of all emerging infectious diseases. 

May 1
May 1
First Physician in History to Serve on American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) Board

The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society’s (AVES) current President and Executive Director, Dr. Craig N. Carter announced today that Dr. Laura H. Kahn accepted an appointment serving on the AVES board of directors.  Dr. Kahn will be the first physician in the history of AVES to serve on the board.  Kahn received the AVES’ highest honor, the prestigious “Gold Headed Cane” award at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) annual meeting/convention in San Antonio, Texas (USA) in August 2016.  She is a co-founder of the One Health Initiative team and website.

 

April 2017

Apr 30
April 30
Bill Gates Won’t Save You From The Next Ebola

The Gates Foundation says responding to deadly outbreaks isn’t its forte. But the Ebola crisis showed just how much global public health depends on the foundation.

Apr 27
April 27
Architecture that matters: Award-winning architecture promotes health and reduces carbon emissions

The George Washington University is a world-class research center with a deep commitment to sustainability leadership. So, when the university commissioned a new 161,000 square-foot building for the Milken Institute School of Public Health, they challenged Payette, in association with Ayers Saint Gross, to create an expression of core public health values — light, air, physical activity, nature — to students and the public.

Apr 25
April 25
World Malaria Day

This year’s global theme for World Malaria Day is End Malaria for Good. In the lead-up to 25 April, WHO is shining a spotlight on prevention, a critical strategy for reducing the toll of a disease that continues to kill more than 400 000 people annually.

Apr 24
April 24
How Dogs’ Sensitive Noses Could Change Cancer Diagnosis

If you could “see” a smell, it would look something like a drop of food coloring dispersing through a cup of water with intense knots in some places and misty tendrils around the borders. Olfaction scientists call these “odor landscapes”—it’s why sometimes you get a whiff of a nasty smell while your cubiclemate sits blissfully unaware. 

Apr 21
April 21
15 years embracing the One Health initiative at the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Florida: Personal experiences

15 years embracing the One Health initiative at the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Florida: Personal experiences. (3:00-6:30 p.m.)   Invited talk in the ‘Veterinary Pathology’ Session at the 3rd Annual Congress of Mexican Pathologists taking place April 28-May 2, 2017 in Mérida, Yucatan, México.  

Apr 20
April 20
Rat lungworm infection on the rise in Hawaii

Hawaiian officials have confirmed 11 human rat lungworm infections this year, and four more human illnesses are considered "highly probable" infections. The parasites are passed from rats to snails and slugs through fecal matter, and humans contract the disease by ingesting infected, undercooked snails or contaminated produce.

Apr 19
April 19
Open Science Can Save the Planet – YouTube Commentary on Open Access Publishing by Kamila Markram

One of the reasons we have become so ensiloed across professions is the exclusionary, closed structure of historic and current scientific publication systems. The world spends $2.3 Trillion taxpayer dollars on research to produce around 2 million research articles every year, but approximately 90% of our science results are locked away behind expensive paywalls, not widely available to the public, companies or researchers across disciplinesOpen Access publishing Company, Frontiers’ CEO, Kamila Markram, makes a case for why open science is the key to innovation, economic growth and solutions for a sustainable future and how open science can save the planet. She may or may not realize that she is making a call to aid for the One Health concept.

Apr 16
April 16
One Health on Tulane's Public Health Radio Hour by Dr. Susan McLellan, Ben Norton, Samantha McKenzie

David Rosten sits down with Dr. Susan McLellan, Ben Norton and Samantha McKenzie from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine to discuss One Health. This dynamic approach to public health and infectious diseases combines a wide range health sectors.

 

Apr 12
April 12
One Health Day returns in November

One Health Day, which debuted in 2016, will again be held Nov. 3. The One Health Commission, One Health Initiative team, and One Health Platform Foundation are calling on individuals and organizations to begin planning one-health education and awareness projects. Last year, One Health Day generated over 150 events in 35 countries, engaging 17,000 participants. In 2017, student awards will go to the top event in each of four global regions. Go to www.onehealthday.org.  

Apr 10
April 10
KC Researchers Testing Dog Vaccine for Use Against Child Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer that kills about 60 to 70 percent of kids who get it within two years, even if they’re treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Apr 7
April 7
CNN, New Documentary Film, ‘Unseen Enemy’, It Takes All of Us

Premiering on April 7 on  CNN, New Documentary Film, 'Unseen Enemy, It Takes All of Us, Narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright, written and directed by filmmaker, Janet Tobias.

Apr 4
April 4
One Health, One Planet Symposium and Reception, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Scientists, medical and public health professionals, animal health professionals, ecologists, architecture and green building professionals, community officials and organizers, educators, and students are invited to join us for One Health, One Planet, an exciting new symposium held at Phipps to explore the interconnectedness of environmental, human and animal health and examine the relationship between health and the built and natural environments in which we live, work, learn and play. 

Apr 3
April 3
Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Are Here

Since their advent in the early twentieth century, antibiotics have saved countless lives, curing human beings of diseases caused by harmful bacteria. But from the beginning of the antibiotics era, in the middle of the twentieth century, scientists warned that misuse or overuse of the drugs would render them less effective, or even useless as bacteria evolved into drug-resistant forms.

 

March 2017

Mar 30
March 30
Inaugural Ceremony of ONE-Health Research Fellowships in Pakistan

Pakistan Academy of Sciences and U.S. Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine jointly organized an Inaugural Ceremony of ONE-Health Research Fellowship Program on March 30th 2017. U.S National Academy of Sciences is undertaking a fellowship program to build capacity of early to midcareer scientists from Pakistan in One Health (1-H) and foster collaboration and cooperation in preparedness and response to zoonotic diseases and other shared environmental health risks.

Mar 30
March 30
Perspective published in Nature Magazine: The One Health way

The health of animals, humans and the environment will be better served by breaking down barriers, says Laura H. Kahn.

 

Mar 28
March 28
American University Radio Show, "Speak Freely" on 1A Presents Why We’re All At Risk When Bacteria Resist

More dangerous and deadly bacteria are answering the battle cry of "resist!"

 

Mar 24
March 24
The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease

While the Trump administration is proposing significantly increased military spending to enhance our national security, it seems to have lost sight of the greatest national security threat of all: our fight against infectious disease.

Mar 23
March 23
AMR Legislative Briefing Highlights Need for Action, One-Health Approach

The public health threat posed by antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria demands immediate attention and a comprehensive response. Partnering with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the AAVMC has recently outlined a series of research and educational strategies.

Mar 23
March 23
CUGH Releases the Global Health Competencies Toolkit!

This is a tool kit that provides learning objects and curricular content to support the competencies for those proficiency/trainee levels. The tool kit went through several iterations of peer review, however its contributors acknowledge that it is a work-in-progress and starting point, rather than a definitive, comprehensive resource.

Mar 21
March 21
One Health at Iowa State presents Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

One Health at Iowa State presents Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance by Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP in honor of Dr. Roger Mahr, former CEO of the One Health Commission

March 21, 2017, at 5:30 pm (Central).  

Click link to recorded session

 

Mar 21
March 21
One Health From AIDS to Zika

Dr. Bruce Kaplan ……“This concise practicable ‘real world’ One Health booklet should be read by every longstanding One Health supporter/advocate who believes they fully understand the One Health concept.  It is well written and prepared."

Mar 21
March 21
Professorship in One Health Established in the College of Veterinary Medicine

A new endowed professorship has been created in Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine through a recent gift from Dr. Roger (’71) and Marilyn Mahr of St. Charles, Ill.

Mar 21
March 21
USDA Announces $11 million to Support Antimicrobial Resistance Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $11 million in available funding for projects that mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a growing public health issue that affects more than 2 million people annually. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Mar 16
March 16
The Pet Effect

Zoetis launches Human-Animal Bond project, the Pet Effect!

Mar 15
March 15
CUGH Members Help Author the Annals of Global Health Supplement, “Global to Local: Methods and Models"

CUGH is proud to share the release of the Annals of Global Health Supplement, “Global to Local: Methods and Models” that was published on March 15, 2017. A number of CUGH members contributed to the 14 articles in the supplement.

Mar 10
March 10
Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they're stressed, according to a study by researchers, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children.

 

Mar 10
March 10
Makerere University, Uganda, One Health Institute Fellowship 2017 for Makerere students

The One Health Institute (OHI) Fellowship is a multidisciplinary, experiential training, and mentorship training model where Fellows will be given high level placements in order to acquire competences in One Health approaches to problem solving. Fellows will attend One Health Institute theoretical classes for three weeks, on weekends (Saturday & Sunday) from 22nd April to 20th May 2017 then will be placed for two months with organizations where they will be mentored in outbreak investigation, contact tracing and follow up, data collection and analysis, writing and publication skills with a final week of summary presentations.

Mar 10
March 10
Makerere University, Uganda, One Health Institute Field Attachment (Training) for Makerere undergraduates and recent graduates

The One Health Institute attachment is a multidisciplinary, experiential joint training in community engagement concerning assessment of infectious disease threats. As part of the program, successful applicants will attend weekend OHI theoretical classes on weekends (Saturday & Sunday) from 22nd April to 20th May 2017, followed by 28 days of field placements during the month of July. Students will be attached to the different One Health Field attachment sites in Uganda.

Mar 9
March 9
Animal to man, fear of the next pandemic

On a frigid night a few days after Christmas 2012, Trish Khan drove back to the Milwaukee County Zoo to check on the star attraction, a playful, wildly popular 5-year-old orangutan named Mahal. It was almost 11 p.m.

Khan, the zoo’s primary orangutan keeper, was off on medical leave. Yet she’d come in earlier in the day, as soon as she heard something was wrong with Mahal.

Mar 8
March 8
Washington University helping to advance One Health movement in region

ne Health– a movement aimed at understanding the relationship between human, animal and environmental health — continues to gain traction at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

On March 3, School of Medicine students officially formed One Health at WUSM, a group committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to medical research and health care that involves physicians, veterinarians and scientists.

 

February 2017

Feb 27
February 27
WHO releases list of world’s most dangerous superbugs

For the first time ever, the World Health Organization has drawn up a list of the highest priority needs for new antibiotics — marching orders, it hopes, for the pharmaceutical industry.

Feb 24
February 24
High levels of chemicals found in indoor cats

A study has now established what was previously suspected, that the high levels of brominated flame retardants measured in cats are from the dust in our homes.

Feb 23
February 23
One Health Capacity Development: Turning Threats into Opportunities

Synergising cross-sectoral collaboration in the fight against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), the FAO Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) Indonesia has paved the way for One Health capacity development among the different sectors working at the human, animal and environment health interfaces.

Feb 23
February 23
United Nations announces new global campaign to clear plastic from oceans

The United Nations Environment Progam announced Thursday that it would be launching a new effort to clean the world’s oceans of plastic pollution. Called the #CleanSeas campaign, the ambitious program seeks to remove more than eight million tons of plastic leaks into the ocean each year, an amount that’s equal to a garbage truck of plastic hitting the sea every minute.

Feb 21
February 21
Ebola Vaccine Found Highly Protective

A single dose of the experimental Ebola vaccine, rVSV-ZEBOV, was highly effective in preventing Ebola virus disease (EVD) among those in contact with patients with confirmed disease, according to the final results from a large trial conducted in Guinea.

Feb 20
February 20
3 Reasons to Celebrate Love Your Pet Day

We know you love your pet because he or she is cute, loyal, and entertaining, too. But scientific evidence suggests that you might want to show your pet some gratitude for your good health.

Pet ownership can boost your health and your social life, says Erika Friedmann, Ph.D., associate dean of research at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, who has conducted several studies on pets and well-being.

Feb 20
February 20
One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team joins One Health Commission Council of Advisors

The founders of the One Health Commission saw a need to involve many minds in leading its One Health work and thus created a non-voting Council of Advisors (COA). Participants  may be included by being invited to serve by the OHC Board of Directors, being nominated by ‘Leader’ Corporate sponsors or by supporting the Commission as Individual sponsors at the ‘Leader’ level. These One Health leaders are called on from time to time to share expertise and guidance to the Commission. In this instance the OHI has provided a letter of support for the Commission’s One Health Education grant proposal in partnership with the Commonwealth of Nations Secretariat.     

Feb 18
February 18
BILL GATES: A new kind of terrorism could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year — and we are not prepared

When I decided 20 years ago to make global health the focus of my philanthropic work, I didn’t imagine that I’d be speaking at a conference on international security policy. But I’m speaking here at the Munich Security Conference because I believe our worlds are more tightly linked than most people realize.

Feb 16
February 16
Climate and Health Meeting

In an effort to provide a crucial platform for the diverse stakeholders in the public health and climate communities to come together around solutions, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association (APHA), The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, will host a Climate & Health Meeting that will take place on February 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Supported by the Turner Foundation and other organizations, the one-day event will fill the gap left by the recently-canceled Climate & Health Summit originally to be hosted and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others.

Feb 14
February 14
Veterinarians: Warriors in the battle against disease

Don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Even though the World Health Organization recently declared that the Zika virus is no longer a global health emergency, other diseases are growing more threatening each day. 

Feb 9
February 9
Call for Papers for Special Issue of Monash Bioethics Review on ‘One Health Ethics’

Guest Co-Edited by Zohar Lederman (Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore) and Chris Degeling (Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM); University of Sydney)

Even as OH approaches are increasingly accepted at global, national and local levels of health research and practice, the ethics is lagging behind the science. OH explicitly aims to attain optimal health for humans, animals, and the environment, but few have considered the potential normative implications of such an aim. Only in the past three years have philosophers, scientists and bioethicists begun to examine ethical issues relating to this expanding science. They face the challenge of applying existing environmental ethical theories to multi-species public health problems and novel approaches to biomedical research and practice, in an era where the field of bioethics mainly shies away from such abstract theories.

As part of this interdisciplinary effort, we welcome submissions for a Special Issue of Monash Bioethics Review exploring the ethics of One Health.

Feb 7
February 7
The social and economic value of pets to human society

The UK has around 65 million pets, living in around half of the country’s households. There’s no doubt that they have a profound effect on the social and economic fabric of this country. The publication of an important new report published by CABI, marks an attempt to quantify the economic costs and benefits of pets: it makes interesting reading.

Feb 7
February 7
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Receives NIH Grant to Study Transmission of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

In recent years, mosquito-transmitted arboviruses such as chikungunya, dengue and Zika, have emerged as global public health threats. Scientists are still unsure as to how these viruses spread from their natural hosts, non-human primates in Africa and Asia, to people - resulting in epidemics around the world. Researchers at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross) have been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study these viruses and advance our understanding of how they may be transmitted between animals and humans.

Feb 6
February 6
One health economics for healthy people, agriculture and environment

The World Heath Organization called for "heightened vigilance and strengthened surveillance efforts" last week to prevent and detect human transmission of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza or ‘bird flu’. And while no human cases have been reported and WHO itself called the risk “relatively low,” we know the potential devastating impacts of diseases spread from animals to humans.

Feb 3
February 3
Dogs' similarities boost human cancer research

"A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart... Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty." -- John Grogan, "Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog."

Feb 2
February 2
Avian-type influenza sickens cats, veterinarian

An avian-type influenza virus had infected 386 cats at a temporary quarantine facility for cats from Animal Care Centers of New York City shelters as of mid-January as well as one veterinarian who was involved in obtaining respiratory specimens from sick cats.

Feb 2
February 2
Climate Change and Public Health

Provided is a link to the Oregon climate and health resilience plan press conference. 

Feb 1
February 1
Saint Louis Zoo Tackles One Health Initiative and Demonstrates the Benefits of Zoos to Human Health

For the greater part of our evolutionary history, we as humans have been tied to the natural world. Only in recent centuries has urbanization advanced to such a degree that we find ourselves disconnected to nature. 

 

January 2017

Jan 31
January 31
Tuberculosis-resistant cows developed for the first time using CRISPR technology

CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology has been used for the first time to successfully produce live cows with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis, reports new research published in the open access journal Genome Biology.
 

Jan 30
January 30
Caring about wildlife: Turtle gets human MRI

Chances are that "Homeslice," a juvenile green sea turtle severely injured last summer by a boat propeller near the Canaveral National Seashore, didn't have great health insurance. You can almost guarantee she was one of the uninsured.

Jan 30
January 30
Executive Summary of November 18 Online One Health Education Conference now available

The One Health Commission (OHC) established the One Health Education Task Force (OHETF) in 2015. The One Health Initiative (OHI) team was invited to participate and Dr. George Lueddeke, PhD (author and medical education consultant) was asked to serve as Chair of the Task Force. The OHETF published a concept paper (May 2016) and a Press Release (June 2016) calling for a global One Health education platform and exploring global interest. An online OH Education survey  was administered to press release respondents and they were invited to attend an online OH Education Conference on November 18, 2016 that gathered additional input.

Jan 26
January 26
Al Gore, APHA, Climate Reality, Harvard Global Health Institute and Others to Fill Gap Left by Canceled CDC Climate and Health Meeting

Event will focus on nexus of climate change and public health

Today, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association, The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, announced a Climate and Health Meeting that will take place on Feb. 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Supported by the Turner Foundation and other organizations, the event will fill the gap left by the recently-canceled Climate and Health Summit originally to be hosted and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others.

Jan 24
January 24
One Health concept highlights collaboration as key

Influenza is one of the most common cross-species disease threats. That’s why many experts – including those at the Defense Health Agency’s Public Health Division – are increasingly integrating human medicine, animal health and environmental science to prevent and treat the flu, as well as other serious public health threats.

Known as the One Health concept, this multi-disciplinary approach aims to solve critical health challenges in an increasingly interconnected world.

Jan 20
January 20
Impending extinction crisis of the world’s primates: why primates matter

An article coauthored by 31 internationally recognized experts on primate conservation from the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, and recently published in the journal Science Advances calls for urgent action to protect the world’s dwindling primate populations.

Jan 19
January 19
Practices encouraged to be proactive about antimicrobials

A report now available from the AVMA Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice provides a framework for instituting a clinic-level approach for judicious antimicrobial use, along with educational materials. The task force said this is an initial step to raise awareness and encourage broad action by companion animal veterinarians to help the profession combat the threat of antimicrobial resistance. 

Jan 19
January 19
2017 EngineerGirl Essay Contest - Engineering and Animals

Engineers affect everything about the way people live, so it is not surprising that they also have a big impact on the animal world.  Environmental engineers, for example, are often tasked with evaluating projects in order to minimize negative effects on valuable animal species. In some cases, engineers have developed ingenious solutions to help animals and people share the planet.

Jan 19
January 19
Launch of the 'One Health Global Think-Tank for Sustainable Health & Well-being’ – 2030

The central mission of the GHW-2030 multi-sectoral think tank is to contribute to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by working toward achieving the education and health goals in cooperation with the Commonwealth Secretariat using an international interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary global One Health approach. A major focus of the think tank will be on the health and well-being – physical, emotional, aspirational – of children and young people particularly as these relate to their personal security, physical and emotional well-being, education and employment and the sustainability of life on the planet.

Jan 17
January 17
Lab tests show elephant DNA may be key to fighting cancer, says Utah researcher

Josh Schiffman likes to think of the tumor-suppressing protein p53 as a superhero in a bright red cape.

It swoops in whenever there is DNA damage and fixes or eliminates the problem in an attempt to keep the body healthy. Most mammals, from humans to elephants, have some p53. But elephants — which rarely get cancer — have many more copies, Schiffman said, and they're stronger.

Jan 14
January 14
The Lancet Introduces a new online journal - Lancet Planetary Health

"Presenting The Lancet Planetary Health, a new online-only, open access title in The Lancet’s growing family of specialty journals. Building on the foundation of The Rockefeller–Lancet Commission on planetary health, this monthly journal is committed to publishing high-quality original Research Articles, Editorials, Comments, and Correspondence that contribute to defining and advancing planetary health worldwide."

Jan 13
January 13
Researchers identify Japanese tapeworm parasite in Alaskan-caught salmon

In 2012, a Japanese man with a fondness for chilled salmon came down with what physicians described as a “watery” bout of gastrointestinal distress. This was uncomfortable enough, but his illness took a turn for the shocking. The 40-year-old discovered that a meter-long “tape-shaped object” had “emerged from his anus,” according to a 2012 article in BMJ Case Reports. At that point the man decided to check himself into a hospital.

Jan 4
January 4
Tightened rules for use of antibiotics by livestock producers go into effect in the United States

‘A new rule that aims to safeguard essential antibiotics for humans by limiting their use in food animals is now fully in effect.

‘Under the Food and Drug Administration policy, antibiotics that have been designated “medically important”—in other words, they’re needed to treat people—cannot legally be given to healthy animals to speed their growth. The policy, three years in the making, required producers of agricultural antibiotics to change labeling on the drugs to make clear they should not be used for so-called growth promotion. All manufacturers agreed to abide by the new rule.

Jan 3
January 3
Bill Gates is worried about our ability to handle a global pandemic in the next 10 years

BILL Gates is hoping the human race can make it through the next decade without any serious epidemics because otherwise we could be in a bit of trouble, he says.

The billionaire Microsoft founder turned disease-fighting philanthropist dedicates his time to eradicating diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and others.

Jan 2
January 2
For the first time, researchers identify key proteins that may make Zika so deadly

Now, a new study has for the first time identified seven key proteins in the virus that may be the culprits behind this damage. The study is the first comprehensive description of the Zika virus genome.

 
Jan 2
January 2
One Health: It’s for All of Us (from FDA.gov)

"The health of people, animals, and the environment is intertwined. A health hazard for people may likely be a health hazard for animals. For example, smoking is not only harmful to people; it’s harmful to pets too. Medical advances in understanding and treating a disease in one species, such as heart disease in people, may be applied to other species. And a change in the environment can affect all living things, from people to animals to plants. The One Health Initiative recognizes this inter-connectedness and advocates a comprehensive approach to health and environmental problems versus a piecemeal approach."

Jan 1
January 1
One Health: Working together for a healthy future

Public health advocates know that health is affected by environment, and vice versa. That's the basis for the One Health movement — it outlines how human, animal and environmental health are related. On Nov. 3, the world will celebrate the first One Health Day and come together to discuss how improving health for each sector will improve health for all.

 
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