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Good News Magazine

May—June 1998

Through the centuries, man's greatest threat often has not been natural disasters or warfare, but the microscopic creatures with which we share the earth. When epidemics break out, man has often been able to do little other than let the epidemics run their deadly course. Has the threat disappeared, or is it lurking in the background, waiting to strike again?

Could it happen again?

The influenza epidemic that traversed the globe from September 1918 through March 1919 left more than 20 million dead--could another epidemic of this magnitude strike again?

Deadly Diseases: Again a Threat to Humanity?

Through the centuries, man's greatest threat often has not been natural disasters or warfare, but the microscopic creatures with which we share the earth. When epidemics break out, man has often been able to do little other than let the epidemics run their deadly course. Has the threat disappeared, or is it lurking in the background, waiting to strike again?

Plague's Deadly Messengers

The rat is most often the carrier of deadly disease.

Are New Plagues Emerging?

We can add Pfiesteria to the list of other newly discovered killers that have made headlines in recent years-AIDS, Ebola, Lassa fever and hantavirus, among others.

Drug-Resistant Bubonic Plague

A case of bubonic plague was recently discovered in Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa.

Common Bacteria Make a Deadly Comeback

Can medical science reliably protect us from bad bugs? Some observers aren't so sure.

Malaria Poses a New Threat

Malaria, a disease that comes to humans through tropical mosquitoes, is posing a new threat. During the past five to 10 years, the disease has reappeared in regions where health authorities once thought it was under control, and it is emerging for the first time in countries that previously had no problem with the disease.

The World's Most Deadly Disease

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost two billion people-one third of the world's population-are infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria.

Instant Epidemics: The New Breed of Weapons

Chemical and biological weapons have recently made headlines. Although the weapons themselves are not new, the magnitude of the threat certainly is. Does Bible prophecy tell us anything about the likelihood of these weapons being used?

Futuristic Weapons and the Bible

One particular prophecy in the Bible comes pretty close to describing the type of non-lethal weapons governments are developing now.

Israel at 50: A Saga of War and Peace

Much of Israel's 50-year history is a chronicle of wars and other conflicts with her Arab neighbors. What does the future hold for this nation?

The Global Economy's Uncertain Future

What lessons should we learn from Asia's economic difficulties?

The Roots of Asia's Economic Problems

What are the roots of Asia's economic problems and what does the future hold for this region?

The Global Economy and Jesus Christ's Return

What possible connection could Christ's return have with the global marketplace?

Ten Things You Can Say to Make Someone's Day

By offering some words of encouragement, we can help others face their present and future with courage!

World News and Trends

An Overview of Conditions Around the World

Just for Youth: Make the Most of Summer Break

What will you do during your time off from school? Will you look back on it later and wonder where all the time went? Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Just For Youth: Living With Brothers and Sisters

With patience and understanding on both sides, you might find that your brothers and sisters are a good source of support and advice.

World News and Trends: One in three British men are criminals by age 40

Buried in the British Crime Survey published recently by the British Home Office was this startling conclusion: "By the time they reach the age of 40, fully 40 percent of men in Britain have a criminal record for a non-motoring offence-a fact little known among the general public."

World News and Trends: U.S. home-foreclosure rate approaches Great Depression's

Although the American economy appears strong, some troubling statistics indicate that it is not as stable as it may appear.

World News and Trends: Britain leads Europe in auto thefts

The United Kingdom leads Europe in the incidence of auto thefts, with car owners there more than twice as likely to lose their vehicles to theft as are other European drivers.

World News and Trends: Turning the corner on cancer?

New cancer cases in the United States are declining for the first time in decades, according to a joint report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. Officials reported that deaths from cancer are also decreasing.

World News and Trends: "Safe sex" fading in Britain

New research and statistics indicate that Britain's young people are increasingly ignoring warnings about the dangers of AIDS and other sexually transmissible diseases and are reverting to promiscuous sexual behavior-with predictable results.

World News and Trends- Information war: The next threat?

As the United States recently prepared for a showdown with Iraq, Pentagon planners increasingly worried about American vulnerability to a new kind of warfare-sabotage of U.S computer systems.

World News and Trends: New states of anarchy

When authority collapses, chaos ensues, says world-affairs analyst and author Georgie Anne Geyer, and the trend is increasing around the world.

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