Interview with Ebola Discoverer Peter Piot: 'It Is What People Call a Perfect Storm'

Interview with Ebola Discoverer Peter Piot: 'It Is What People Call a Perfect Storm'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2014

Almost four decades ago, Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. In a SPIEGEL interview, he describes how the disease was isolated and explains why the current outbreak is different than any that have come before. Interview Conducted by Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch more... Comment ]

'His Father Had Lied to Us': German Doctor Shares Harrowing Ebola Encounter

'His Father Had Lied to Us': German Doctor Shares Harrowing Ebola Encounter

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2014

After the discovery of Ebola at the only children's hospital in Sierra Leone, nurses and doctors alike fled. German physician Werner Strahl of the aid organzation Cap Anamur, who stayed behind to provide care amidst the chaos, shares his story. Compiled from an Interview by Katrin Elger more... Comment ]

Psychiatric Breakthrough: When Illness Inspires Great Art

Psychiatric Breakthrough: When Illness Inspires Great Art

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

From hermaphroditic wood carvings to stacks of 250,000 papers, a collection showcases the greatest artistic works by German psychiatric patients. By Jana Hauschild more... Comment ]

An Apolitical Virus: Strife Fuels Polio's Return to Middle East

An Apolitical Virus: Strife Fuels Polio's Return to Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Polio is making a comeback in a decimated part of Syria, but the delicate politics of the war are making vaccination campaigns difficult. As an epidemic looms over the region, anger over the World Health Organization's inaction is growing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Brooms for Beer: Amsterdam Enlists Alcoholic Street Cleaners

Brooms for Beer: Amsterdam Enlists Alcoholic Street Cleaners

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Amsterdam has begun employing alcoholics to clean the city's streets, paying them in cash, tobacco and beer. City authorities say it's solving the problems related to public drunkenness. Critics question whether the program unethically enables addiction. By Rainer Leurs more... Comment ]

Dubious Middlemen and Greedy Doctors: Inside Germany's Medical Tourism Business

Dubious Middlemen and Greedy Doctors: Inside Germany's Medical Tourism Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2013

German hospitals are earning a billion euros a year with foreign patients. Sarkis Sargsyan is one, and like so many others, the Russian cancer patient fell into the clutches of a questionable middleman and greedy doctors. By Udo Ludwig, Matthias Schepp and Antje Windmann more... Comment ]

Cutting Antibiotics: Denmark Leads Way in Healthier Pig Farming

Cutting Antibiotics: Denmark Leads Way in Healthier Pig Farming

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2013

Many tons of antibiotics are administered every year to chickens and pigs in Europe, a trend that encourages the rise of drug-resistant microbes. But Denmark has shown how farmers can be made to abandon this policy of dangerous over-medication. By Julia Koch more... Comment ]

Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the 'Paleo Diet'

Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the 'Paleo Diet'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The "paleo diet" -- which supposedly mimics what our caveman ancestors ate -- has become a new health craze. But many scientists doubt that this hunter-gatherer cuisine of meat, veggies and fruit is as healthy as advertised, or even historically correct. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Sales Over Safety: Medical Device Makers Battle Tougher EU Laws

Sales Over Safety: Medical Device Makers Battle Tougher EU Laws

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

The European Parliament is set to vote next week on stricter laws for licensing medical devices. Fearing a drop in sales, manufacturers have launched a major PR and lobbying campaign that exaggerates potential risks to patients. By Nicola Kuhrt more... Comment ]

Science of Parenting: 'There's No Such Thing as a Normal Family'

Science of Parenting: 'There's No Such Thing as a Normal Family'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

For his new book, author Andrew Solomon spoke with parents who have children completely unlike them -- with autism, Down syndrome or dwarfism. SPIEGEL spoke with him about his findings and how they changed his parenting. Interview Conducted By Johann Grolle and Julia Koch more... Comment ]

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

The possibility that a common anesthesia drug may soon be used in the United States to execute death-row inmates is causing problems for European pharmaceutical companies. They worry the European Union may soon impose sanctions. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]