Epidemics Expert Jeremy Farrar: 'The Most Dangerous Emerging Disease Is Drug Resistance'

Epidemics Expert Jeremy Farrar: 'The Most Dangerous Emerging Disease Is Drug Resistance'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2014

British medical expert Jeremy Farrar is a key figure in the fight against Ebola and other infectious diseases. In a SPIEGEL interview, he says thatáthe development ofávaccinesáis key because drug-resistant viruses and bacteriaápose immense dangers. Interview by Katrin Elger and Veronika Hackenbroch more... Comment ]

Speed Science: The Global Hunt for an Ebola Vaccine

Speed Science: The Global Hunt for an Ebola Vaccine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2014

Medical researchers are frantically testing new drugs and vaccines in the hope of slowing down the Ebola epidemic. Thus far, results have been promising. It may only be a matter of weeks before the first patients in West Africa can be treated. By Veronika Hackenbroch, Markus Grill and Katrin Elger more... Comment ]

Dr. Web: German Medical Start-Ups Aim to Digitalize Healthcare

Dr. Web: German Medical Start-Ups Aim to Digitalize Healthcare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2014

A new cluster of start-ups in Germany is seeking to exploit the digital revolution that iságripping the medical sector. In the future, we are likely to use apps that can measure our heartbeat or analyze potential skin conditions to augment normal healthcare. By Martin U. MŘller more... Comment ]

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 Returnáto Middle East

An Apolitical Virus: Strife Fuels Polio's Returnáto 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 ]