From stories of the avian flu to advances to digital medical records, the news is filled with stories about the impact of globalization in healthcare. In this Issue in Depth, we will take a close look at two topics:

  • How globalization is promoting both the rapid spread and the effective treatment of highly contagious diseases.
  • The growing debate over the use and future of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Four diseases in particular have become extremely important concerns throughout the world. Two of these diseases, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), are found across the globe; the other two, cholera and malaria, primarily afflict poorer countries. If you would like to learn more about what these diseases are and the specific sets of problems they create, please check out the supplementary material in the section on “Four Global Diseases” that provides detailed information about each of them. You will see that people trying to combat each disease face different sets of challenges.


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