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               —Roads to Discovery


Traffic's Deadly Toll in the Developing World
Until recently, infectious disease—and to a lesser extent chronic disease—monopolized research in developing countries. It’s only in the past 5 to 10 years that people have noticed the impact of road traffic injuries.

Gauging the Cost of Injuries in China 
Injuries cost China $12.5 billion annually in medical costs and lost productivity and claim more years of productive life than respiratory disease, heart disease, cancer, or infectious disease, according to a recent study co-authored by Tim Baker, professor, International Health.

A High-Tech Approach to an Age-Old Disease
Researchers at the School and the Hopkins Applied Physics Lab have come up with a new way to diagnose malaria that could significantly speed the time it takes to identify the infection in patients.

Prudent Steps for Avoiding Dioxin Exposure      
Robert Lawrence, MD, who for years has encouraged Americans to consume less animal fat for the sake of their health and the world’s natural resources, has added another reason to cut fat intake: dioxins.

Students Learn Interactively—From Anchorage to Istanbul
Fifty-one students enrolled in the distance education program this past June; another 25 will begin together in January. The Internet-based MPH program has the same requirements and grants the same diploma as the full-time MPH.

This is Only an Exercise. . .     
School faculty, staff, and students joined the 1,000-plus people who participated in the Harbor Biological Attack-Simulated Event (BASE), a bioterrorism preparedness drill held July 9 and 10 to test the city’s response.

Postwar Health in Iraq and Afghanistan   
School researchers are assessing health needs in Iraq and Afghanistan; the situation is bleak.

$40 Million Boost for Reproductive Health and Leadership Building      
A new, 10-year grant will significantly increase funding for the School’s Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

School Announces New Department to Study Behavior and Health     
One of the greatest hazards to human health is people themselves. Human behavior—whether it leads to smoking, injuries, obesity, or substance abuse—is responsible for half of all morbidity and mortality in the world.