Africa Memories Resurrected by Equatorial Guinea News Item

A new decree from Equatorial Guinea’s current president resurrected half-century-old memories of my life there. In fact, it’s the 7thsuch item to cross my desk this month. 7 news items. 7 memories. News items all the way from oil-rich EG's ranking on the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals for safe water and sanitation, to EG sending…

Bangladesh, grandmother carrying baby with smallpox, 1975

5 Reasons We Need A Treatment for Smallpox

It’s big news. Check the New England Journal of Medicine, ScienceNews, NYTimes, Forbes, Huff Post—you name it. This is huge. The FDA has approved the first-ever drug to treat variola (smallpox). But why? (Read to the end to  5 possible reasons.) Scientists in and out of the military started smallpox #biodefense research right after 9/11.…

World Health Organization smallpox eradication medallion,

38 Years Ago Today Smallpox Declared Eradicated

Today, May 8, 2018 is the 38th anniversary of the World Health Organization's proclamation of a smallpox-free world. The photo above is the commemorative medallion presented to my husband for his part in eradicating that terrifying scourge. I'm posting this brief note before my next regular post just to mark that moment in time. An…