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Fall 2008

What can we do to prevent the gun-related deaths of 30,000 Americans each year? Can a universal vaccine prevent the next flu pandemic? How can you save the lives of mothers and infants in a country where ethnic minorities are persecuted? Why are experts in developing countries increasingly turning to people themselves to improve health? Read this issue of Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine to discover the answers to these and other pressing questions in global health.

Smoking Guns

Smoking Guns

Cities Under Fire: Lawyers, epidemiologists and policy wonks are using hard numbers to help stem the trade in illegal guns. They start by going to the source.

Borderline Health

Borderline Health

In its long civil war with Burma's hill peoples, army troops routinely torch villages and force people to work without pay. Mothers and infants suffer the most from the military regime's brutal tactics. The Mobile Obstetric Maternal Health Workers Project, led by Burmese themselves and advised by Bloomberg School faculty, brings emergency obstetric care to pregnant women and documents the effects of human rights violations on population-wide health.

Stalking the Mutating Monster

Stalking the Mutating Monster

It has just eight genes, but the influenza virus is a versatile killing machine. Can Andy Pekosz prevent future pandemics with a universal flu vaccine?

Grassroots Revolution

Grassroots Revolution

With high maternal mortality and low child survival, Nigeria—like many developing countries—needs a better way to improve health. Experts are increasingly turning to the people themselves.

George W. Comstock—Always a Teacher


George W. Comstock—Always a Teacher

A former student offers a personal essay about the inimitable phthisiologist.


Open Mike

Prevention is key in battling the chronic disease pandemic.

Editor's Note

The middle way to health.


The "lifestyle left" and how not to think about sex and health.

News Briefs

New hope for newborns; four stories from the tobacco front; the accidental virus—a possible tool against malaria; Iraqi doctors; new marker for kidney disease; HIV rates revisited; and the "two-for-one" flu vaccine.


Vaccine expert and clinical epidemiologist Katherine O'Brien is lauded by the Sabin Vaccine Institute; plus a slew of faculty and student honors.

Alumni Notes

This new section offers updates on our alumni working around the world.

Magazine Staff

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