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The Single-Use Syringe Will Help Prevent Unsafe Injections

1.3 Million people die each year from dirty needles.

Lifesaver syringe. Image courtesy of SafePoint.

In 1997, artist and inventor Marc Koska sold the first Lifesaver Syringe. His own invention, the single-use syringe, automatically breaks apart after one use. According to the World Health Organization, 1.3 million people die each year as a result of dirty syringes. But up until 1998, the World Health Organization’s policies in developing countries still allowed syringes to resterilized and reused up to 200 times. For the past couple of decades, Koska—with his organization, SafePoint— has been advocating against these practices and marketing the single-use syringe as a solution to prevent the spread of preventable diseases all around the world.

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Feast Your Eyes: Drinking Around the World

A new World Health Organization report shows who's drinking what, where—and how it's killing them.


The Economist has created this chart from the World Health Organization's newly published Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2011.

World consumption in 2005 averaged out at the equivalent of 12.95 pints of pure alcohol per person aged 15 years or older, according to the report, which also noted "marked increases" in consumption in Africa and South-East Asia between 2001-2005. Most astonishingly, nearly 30 percent of all alcohol consumed each year is moonshine or home-brewed liquor.

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Alcohol Olympics

Drinking has always been a mainstay of human civilization. In moments of joy, sadness, boredom, and even holiness, we drink. But what? And how much? And who drinks the most. Based on a 2004 study by the World Health Organization, this Transparency presents the most current international rankings..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hEBcVQKLTsDrinking has always been a mainstay of human civilization. In moments of joy, sadness, boredom, and even holiness, we drink. But what? And how much? And who drinks the most. Based on a 2004 study by the World Health Organization, this Transparency presents the most current international rankings of drinkers by country (per capita).

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