Science Saturday - challenging the things we fear

 Whatever Happened to Smallpox?
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 "Smallpox is an acute contagious disease caused by Variola virus, a member of the orthopoxvirus family. It was one of the world's most feared diseases until it was eradicated by a collaborative global vaccination programme led by the World Health Organization. The last known natural case was in Somalia in 1977. Since then, the only known cases were caused by a laboratory accident in 1978 in Birmingham, England, which killed one person and caused a limited outbreak. Smallpox was officially declared eradicated in 1979." WHO 
 Listen here to an interview with DA Henderson, author, "Smallpox: The Death of a Disease" (Prometheus Books, 2009);  Director, World Health Organization's Global Smallpox Eradication Campaign (1966-1977).  The eradication of smallpox was both an amazing feat of medicine, and a great mercy from God.
Even with smallpox out of the way, there is plenty left to contend with.  Here is Listverse's list of the Top Ten Incurable Diseases.  Some of them might surprise you.
Now, What's all this I'm Hearing About Mammograms?...
And pap smears...and prostate cancer screening?

Here is an article and interview discussing "evidence-based medicine" - the field of study driving the latest health care screening guidelines.

Listen here to an interesting (and very civil) discussion between and advocate and an opponent of the new mammography screening guidelines.

And here is a brief discussion of the politics of health care screening guidelines.


WhiteStone said…
Kinda makes you a wee bit more aware of the brokenness of the world since the Fall...a brokenness that includes the diseases that befall mankind.
Laurie M. said…
Yes, it does...brokenness right down to the cellular level.

It also speaks to me of the patience, kindness, and mercy of God that He has enabled us with means and ability to ameliorate some of the suffering which we encounter.

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