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Michael Kovich
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MSc Candidate (London School of Economics), Entrepreneur, Sociologist, and Aspiring Physician
MSc Candidate (London School of Economics), Entrepreneur, Sociologist, and Aspiring Physician

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U.S. Doctor: 300,000 Face Death or Starvation in Aleppo, Syria

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In case you missed it, our #Juno spacecraft is in Jupiter’s orbit! After an almost five-year journey, confirmation of the burn was received on Earth at 11:53 p.m. EDT. Discover more: http://go.nasa.gov/29q70D6 
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has congratulated Thailand as the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

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"My thoughts immediately turned to anybody still below deck on the wooden boat. I proceeded there directly, clambering down through a small hatch at the rear. There was enough light from the small hatches, and my headlamp, to make out a tragic tangle of bodies... All were dead."

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"Researchers at the University of California, Riverside focus on glutamate transporter during chronic parasite infection."

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Around 1,300 people have been rescued from boats adrift in the central Mediterranean by MSF search and rescue ships in the space of just 36 hours. "Some of those rescued needed immediate emergency medical care,” says Irene Paola Martino, MSF medical team leader on board the Bourbon Argos.

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"Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) say they have found that interferon-induced protein 3 (IFITM3) can dramatically reduce the ability of Zika virus to infect human and mouse cells. In some cases, IFITM3 can also prevent Zika virus from killing our cells."

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"For most of mankind’s history, infectious diseases were the existential threat to humanity—and for good reason. They were quite successful at killing people: The 6th century’s Plague of Justinian knocked out an estimated 17 percent of the world’s population; the 14th century Black Death decimated a third of Europe; the 1918 influenza pandemic killed 5 percent of the world; malaria is estimated to have killed half of all humans who have ever lived."

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"This is the first time MSF has been able to access Bama, but we already know the needs of the people there are beyond critical," says Nigeria Head of Mission. A catastrophic humanitarian emergency is currently unfolding in a camp for internally displaced people in Bama.

Around the world, more than two-thirds of people still cannot access safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care when they need it.

http://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/measuring-surgical-systems-new-paradigm-health-systems-strengthening
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