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The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH, a Burness Client), on November 5, 2014, featured informative, gripping, tragic and inspirational testimony from people working on the frontlines of the Ebola epidemic and now racing to develop, test, and approve life-saving drugs and vaccines.  The meeting highlighted progress and setbacks, and attracted many major media outlets eager for updates about the situation in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

A Washington Post front-page story this week reports on the groundbreaking success of the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) in helping at-risk young people avoid developing schizophrenia, a costly and potentially life-altering condition that affects 2.4 million Americans.

 

Imagine being separated from your family or loved one during your stay in the hospital or ICU. Maybe you’re even in pain and critically ill, or you’re told you can’t be with your spouse because “visiting hours are over.”


This is an unfortunate reality for thousands of patients across the country. Each day, hospitals enforce outdated visiting policies based on beliefs that visitors spread infection and disrupt patient care. Research tells a different story, showing little evidence to back up these antiquated ideas. In fact, studies show that having a loved one by your side can reduce patient stress and complications as well as improve patient satisfaction in the hospital.

 

Tropical forests are critical to the future of the planet. They harbor millions of species of plants and animals, and, as natural storers of carbon, they play a key role in combating climate change. They are also home to millions of indigenous people, who have protected the forests and their resources for thousands of years. Penny Davies, Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, explored the forests of Nigeria as a child and has devoted her career to advancing policies that benefit forest peoples globally. She recently sat down with BurnessGlobal's Coimbra Sirica to discuss the role these communities play in protecting their forests—and all of us from the climate change crisis.

 

Rollercoasters. For some, they are an intoxicating thrill. But for others, just the word can set off a wave of motion sickness. So why do people react differently to the exact same experience? It all comes down to brain structure.