First large-scale study of preschooler tooth decay in Yuma, Ariz., and island of Hawai'i
(Northern Arizona University) With funding through NAU's Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC), the team has begun the first large-scale effort to understand the biological factors that drive tooth decay in preschool aged children in Yuma, Ariz., and on the island of Hawai'i (the Big Island). In Hawai'i , the specific population identified for the study are Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander children--those having origins in any of the Indigenous peoples of Hawai'i, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific Islands. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sustainable Tourism and Fisheries Key to Growth in Post-COVID Pacific
A boat rests on the shores of Fiji. Credit: Unsplash / Nicolas WeldinghBy Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 30 2020 (IPS) Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated. Yet, we must look at the economic and social impacts in small island developing States (SIDS), where setbacks are likely to undo years of development gains and push many people back into poverty. Compared to other developing countries, SIDS in the Asia-Pacific region have done well in containing the spread of the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

We Need to Slow down and Reconnect with Our Ocean for the Future of the Planet
By Stuart MinchinJun 8 2020 (IPS) COVID19 has brought the world to a halt. The devastating impact of the global pandemic on people’s lives and the world’s economy is a jarring and historic turning point for all of us but it is also an opportunity to re-think many of our practices. As we mark World Oceans Day, the current global slowdown may be the reset our Ocean needs and the Pacific region is asking the world to reflect on our past to inform innovation for our future. COVID has disrupted the global transport sector massively, and the increasing reliance on global shipping as flights are grounded presents bot...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stuart Minchin Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Green Economy Headlines Health Multimedia Video Source Type: news

COVID19 and Its Impact on Pacific Island States
Regional efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have so far proven successful. Image Credit: Pacific CommunityBy William W. EllisTORONTO, May 29 2020 (IPS) By now, the impact of COVID19 on our daily lives has been well documented, especially in advanced economies. Anxiety about the future continues to grow everywhere. Much of the corporate news coverage we consume has focused on the toll this pandemic will take on mainland countries. Often neglected, however, is the unique position Pacific Island States find themselves in. Globally, there are close to 6 million confirmed cases of COVID19. According to the Pacific Commu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: William W. Ellis Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Multimedia Podcast TerraViva United Nations Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Impact of a Mass Drug Administration Campaign Using a Novel Three-Drug Regimen on Lymphatic Filariasis Antigenemia --- American Samoa, 2019
Progress has been made toward lymphatic filariasis elimination in American Samoa, but success will depend on continuing recommended control activities in the territory, including mass drug administration. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 28, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Lymphatic Filariasis MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

How Samoa has recorded NO Covid-19 cases with the help of a beauty queen
When Fono McFarland-Seumanu began her reign, her country was plunged into a deadly outbreak of measles which killed 83 Samoans - mostly babies - and struck almost 6,000 people. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hawaii ’s Coronavirus Infection Rate Is Among the Lowest in the U.S. It Came at Great Cost
(HONOLULU) — Flying to a faraway beach might seem like the perfect way to escape a pandemic, but for isolated Pacific islands, controlling the coronavirus means cutting off tourism. Hawaii has among the lowest COVID-19 infection and mortality rates in the U.S. As cases rose in March, Gov. David Ige did something no other state can — effectively seal its borders. People who do come face a two-week quarantine, stopping the flow of tens of thousands of tourists who typically arrive every day. “We are the most isolated community on the planet,” Ige told The Associated Press last week. “As such, we...
Source: TIME: Health - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caleb Jones / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight wire Source Type: news

Census 2020: Understanding the Issues
(Springer) This spring, American residents throughout the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands partake in the critical decennial tradition of completing a Census questionnaire. The results of this nationwide count influence the US government and economy for the following decade. As author Teresa A. Sullivan articulates succinctly in Census 2020: Understanding the Issues, 'everybody counts'. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Poorer countries suffer most from global health crises, we need help to handle coronavirus | Dr Claude Posala
Pacific nations, still reeling from a devastating measles outbreak, have watched news out of Wuhan in panicAs Pacific Islanders watched updates about the coronavirus outbreak over the past few weeks, unease soon gave way to panic.Still reeling in shock from ameasles outbreak in Samoa, Pacific Islanders ’ fears were stoked as it became apparent that even large, well-developed countries were struggling to contain the outbreak. Low-resourced settings always suffer the greatest losses in global medical crises and people living in these island nations are not blind to that detail.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 31, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Dr Claude Posala Tags: Pacific islands Solomon Islands Asia Pacific World news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Samoa Ends State of Emergency Over Measles
MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 -- Slowing infection rates and a surge in vaccinations have prompted the South Pacific island of Samoa to end a six-week state of emergency over a measles outbreak, the BBC reported Sunday. More than 5,600 people were infected... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Samoa Lifts State of Emergency After Deadly Measles Epidemic
The Pacific island nation will reopen schools after a measles epidemic killed 81 people, many of them children and babies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isabella Kwai Tags: Measles Vaccination and Immunization Epidemics Samoa Source Type: news

Samoa ends measles state of emergency as infection rate slows
The South Pacific island nation of Samoa has lifted a six week-state of emergency after the infection rate from a measles outbreak that has swept the country started to come under control. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

We gave up Christmas to fight measles in Samoa
British doctors and nurses are battling to save children's lives from measles on Christmas Day. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Why My Baby?’: How Measles Robbed Samoa of Its Young
When the virus arrived on its shores, the Pacific island nation was grievously unprepared. It had left the door to contagion wide open, and thousands of children have suffered. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isabella Kwai and Matthew Abbott Tags: Samoa Measles Vaccination and Immunization Epidemics Kennedy, Robert F Jr Australia Source Type: news

Measles outbreak in Samoa kills 72, most of them children
72 measles-related deaths have been recorded since the outbreak started. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa extends measles state of emergency, NZ to fund Pacific vaccination campaign
The South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Saturday extended a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak which has killed 72 people, mostly infants, as New Zealand announced NZ$1 million ($640,700) to help combat measles in the Pacific. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

CDC sends experts to fight measles outbreaks in Pacific islands neighboring Samoa
Health officials are concerned that Samoa’s outbreak could heighten the spread of measles in neighboring islands. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Samoa Says Almost 90% of People Vaccinated Against Measles After Deadly Outbreak Samoa Says Almost 90% of People Vaccinated Against Measles After Deadly Outbreak
Samoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Tuesday ’s Daily Brief: Human Rights Day, Samoa measles, COP25, economic slowdown, Myanmar at ICJ
A recap of Tuesday’s stories includes a day of activism on Human Rights Day; 70 Samoan lives now claimed by measles; COP25 news roundup from Madrid; global trade on the slide; and legal proceedings begin at the ICJ against Myanmar, as Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to defend her country against genocide allegations. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five
Seventy people have now died from Samoa’s measles outbreak, UN humanitarians confirmed on Tuesday, as the organization released emergency funding to help the authorities step up efforts to eradicate the preventable disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Samoan father loses 3 of his 5 children to measles outbreak
Doctors on the South Pacific islands of Samoa are trying to contain a massive, deadly outbreak of the measles. The virus has infected more than 4,800 people, and at least 70 people have died – many of them young children. Carter Evans traveled to Apia to get a firsthand look at the crisis. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. territory of American Samoa to begin mass measles vaccination this week
Health officials in the U.S. territory of American Samoa say they will begin mass measles vaccinations beginning Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Decorated with butterflies, infant-sized coffins sent to measles-ravaged Samoa
Volunteers in the New Zealand city of Rotorua are preparing two dozen white-lined coffins to be transported to Samoa at the end of the week as the measles-ravaged Pacific island nation languishes under a growing death toll that has now hit 70. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Measles cases in Samoa decreasing drastically due to mandatory vaccine law
After a deadly measles outbreak in Samoa, the government there says nearly everyone who is eligible has now been vaccinated for the disease. At least 65 people have died since October, and 57 of them were children under the age of four. Carter Evans reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa says almost 90% of people vaccinated against measles after deadly outbreak
Samoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Measles outbreak in Samoa kills at least 63 people, mostly young children
The disease has infected more than 4,300 people on the islands, killing at least 63 of them (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than 140,000 people were killed by measles last year
There were 9,769,400 cases globally in 2018, with the majority being babies and children under the age of five. A boy in Samoa - currently battling an outbreak - is pictured getting a jab. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thursday ’s Daily Brief: Samoa measles epidemic, Dozens die off Mauritania, Volunteer Day and Zambia’s food troubles
A recap of Thursday’s top stories: Dozens of migrants drowned off Mauritanian coast; measles grip Samoa as social media campaigns spread misinformation worldwide; UN chief on lifting landlocked countries from poverty; Guterres lauds volunteer spirit and millions face food insecurity in Zambia. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN team aids Samoa response to deadly measles epidemic
UN teams are on the ground in Samoa as the country combats a deadly measles epidemic. So far, there have been more than 4,200 cases and 62 deaths, mainly babies, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency on 15 November and launch a mass vaccination campaign five days later. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Samoa's government is shut today so everyone can get vaccinated for measles
Red flags have been erected across Samoa to mark unvaccinated households as the government shuts down Thursday to deploy all resources to reining in a deadly measles outbreak. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa fights measles door-to-door in battle on anti-vaccination messages
Samoa on Thursday closed all non-essential public and private services for two days to combat a measles epidemic that has killed more than 60 people, mostly babies and children, in a battle complicated by a vocal anti-vaccination movement. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Samoa measles outbreak: 62 people dead - is an epidemic likely to happen in the UK?
SAMOA has begun a two-day shutdown as the government aims to curb a measles epidemic that has so far killed 62 people. Is an epidemic likely to happen in the UK? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa’s capital deserted as teams battle measles epidemic
Samoa’s main streets are eerily quiet as the government steps up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lt. Gov Green leads medical mission to Samoa within 24 hours, businesses offer assistance
In response to a measles outbreak, which has left 4,000 people ill and about 60 people dead, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and a team of medical professionals made their way to Samoa on Wednesday to provide residents with vaccinations. To coordinate this response, the Lt. Gov's office has been working with government leaders in Samoa, as well as leaders in the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other business and community leaders. “We reached out to the WHO… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 5, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kelsey Kukaua Source Type: news

Lt. Gov Green leads medical mission to Samoa within 24 hours, businesses offer assistance
In response to a measles outbreak, which has left 4,000 people ill and about 60 people dead, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and a team of medical professionals made their way to Samoa on Wednesday to provide residents with vaccinations. To coordinate this response, the Lt. Gov's office has been working with government leaders in Samoa, as well as leaders in the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other business and community leaders. “We reached out to the WHO… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 5, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kelsey Kukaua Source Type: news

As Samoa fights a deadly measles crisis, unvaccinated people are told to mark homes with red flags
Racing to contain the measles outbreak that has killed 60 people amid low vaccination rates, the government of Samoa has turned to a disease-control tactic going back centuries. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Samoa measles: Unvaccinated families told to hang red flag on door
The Pacific nation declares a state of emergency as 60 people die of measles. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fiji to postpone sports contests as it battles measles outbreak
Fiji has asked its sports federations to postpone all competitions until January, in a bid to rein in the spread of a measles outbreak that has killed dozens in the neighboring Pacific nation of Samoa. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Dec. 3, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Government Shut Down as Samoa Battles Measles Outbreak The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 3, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Government Shut Down as Samoa Battles Measles Outbreak
MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2019 -- The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the fight against a measles outbreak in the South Pacific Island nation that has killed 53 people, the country's prime minister said Monday. Of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

50 Children Dead from Measles Outbreak in Samoa
The public health emergency has spurred a mass vaccination campaign. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - December 2, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

A Measles Outbreak in Samoa Has Killed 53 People and Infected 2% of the Population
As the measles virus continues to spread worldwide, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi announced Monday that Samoa will take the dramatic step of closing its government for two days this week to assist with a public vaccination campaign. Aside from 2019, Samoa has reported almost no cases of measles to the World Health Organization (WHO) in recent years. But vaccine coverage in the small nation is lacking, partially attributable to public concern following two vaccine-related deaths that occurred in 2018 due to faulty formulas, the WHO reports. As of 2018, only 31% of children had received one of...
Source: TIME: Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Uncategorized samoa Source Type: news

Deadly measles outbreak forces government shutdown
The government of Samoa will shut its doors Thursday and Friday and redeploy civil servants to help deal with a deadly measles outbreak, Prime Minster Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi announced in a special address Monday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa government to close for two days amid measles outbreak that has killed dozens of children
Forty-eight of the 53 reported deaths occurred among children 4 years old or younger. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kayla Epstein Source Type: news

Samoa Shuts Down Government to Fight Measles Outbreak
The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the fight against a measles outbreak in the South Pacific Island nation that's killed 53 people, (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles outbreak in Samoa kills dozens of children, puts island nation in holiday lockdown
The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Dec. 2, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Government Shut Down as Samoa Battles Measles Outbreak The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the fight... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

50 children killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens
Authorities race to vaccinate the entire population of the South Pacific nation. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Samoa in Christmas lockdown as measles deaths top 50
The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the Christmas holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50, in the latest flare-up of a global epidemic of the virus. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Samoa Measles Outbreak Toll Getting Worse: Now 3,530 Cases, 44 Deaths
While the Samoan government has instituted a mass vaccination campaign, anti-vaccination social media accounts are encouraging people to send Vitamin A instead. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news