Jason Beaubien Jason Beaubien is NPR's Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk.
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A Vietnamese boy is treated for measles in a state-run hospital in April 2014. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Measles Is A Killer: It Took 145,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

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In November, women in El Salvador marched for the freedom of 17 women accused of abortion, including Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana. She was pardoned this week. Luis Galdamez/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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A miner holds a nugget of mercury mixed with gold. The mercury is used to extract gold from river sludge. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Going For The Gold Sends Mercury Down The River

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Indian sand artist Sudersan Pattnaik touches up his sculpture for World No Tobacco Day at Golden Sea Beach in Puri, India. Asit Kumar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Most Likely To Kill You? Hint: Probably Not An Epidemic

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Ebola was out of control in Liberia in August, when this picture was taken. Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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WHO Report Details Why Ebola Hit West Africa So Hard

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This photo was taken in November, a tough month for Sierra Leone, with Ebola cases reportedly on the rise. A staff member is disinfecting an office where Dr. Komba Songu M'Briwah talks on the phone. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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This did not really happen. Cows' heads did not emerge from the bodies of people newly inoculated against smallpox. But fear of the vaccine was so widespread that it prompted British satirist James Gillray to create this spoof in 1802. H. Humphrey/Henry Barton Jacobs Collection, Institute of the History of Medicine, JHU hide caption

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A Cow Head Will Not Erupt From Your Body If You Get A Smallpox Vaccine

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Dr. John Fankhauser, one of the many missionaries battling Ebola, is sprayed with disinfectant at ELWA hospital in Liberia. Courtesy of Bethany Fankhauser hide caption

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These Dedicated Ebola Fighters Are Men And Women On A Mission

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Dr. Ian Crozier stands with a group of survivors and a nurse at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He contracted Ebola and was on the brink of death, but he survived. Courtesy of WHO/J Amone hide caption

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Ebola Survivor: The Best Word For The Virus Is 'Aggression'

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This design of this new anti-Ebola suit will make health workers more comfortable and could also save lives. Courtesy of Clinvue and Roy Heisler hide caption

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Dreaming Up A Safer, Cooler PPE For Ebola Fighters

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In a new public health campaign, British actor Idris Elba plays a soccer coach whose team is squaring off against Ebola. Courtesy of Africa United hide caption

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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

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