Jason Beaubien Jason Beaubien is NPR's Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk.
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A mother holds her ailing son at a special clinic for malaria in Myanmar. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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The World Could Be On The Verge Of Losing A Powerful Malaria Drug

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In this 2012 photograph, Adamu Ali carries his 4-year-old son, Omar, who was stricken with polio earlier that year. They live in the Nigerian village of Minjibir. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Nigeria Is On The Verge Of Bidding Goodbye To Polio

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Boys run from blowing dust as a U.S. Marine vehicle takes off from an Ebola treatment center under construction in Liberia in October. In the end, the centers weren't always needed, but the military's ability to ferry supplies was critical in fighting the outbreak. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Helped Beat Back Ebola — Only Not In The Way You Might Think

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This World Health Organization map shows the percent of the population vaccinated for measles in each country in 2013. Dark green is at least 90 percent. Light green is 80 to 89 percent. Orange is 50 to 79 percent. Red is less than 50 percent. Courtesy of WHO hide caption

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Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, has said of Ebola: "It overwhelmed the capacity of WHO, and it is a crisis that cannot be solved by a single agency or single country." Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Critics Say Ebola Crisis Was WHO's Big Failure. Will Reform Follow?

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A new study finds that strenuous labor in the sugar cane fields of Central America is contributing to a mysterious form of kidney failure. Above: Workers harvest sugar cane in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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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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