public health

Global Scan

Avian flu kills a Canadian, and more in today's global scan

Canada is dealing with its first death from H5N1, known as avian flu. The victim recently returned from Beijing, where officials say she contracted the disease. Meanwhile, '12 Years A Slave' is expected to take home awards this season, though it's a story that was almost lost to history. And police in the UK who carry guns will now have to wear body cameras. All in today's Global Scan.

Health & Medicine

Mr Happy - Geo Answer

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Matthieu Ricard, a French molecular-biologist-turned-Buddhist monk...and possibly "the happiest man in the world." Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin say Mr. Ricard had the most impressive emotional balance ever recorded on a brain scan. And the answer to today's Geo Quiz is happy as well...that's the town of Happy, Texas.

Lifestyle & Belief

Treating blindness in Africa

Health problems the afflict the world's poor have received unprecedented attention in recent years. But medical workers who focus on lesser known diseases say their efforts remain as difficult as ever. On PRI's The World.