Last century, the invention of the outhouse helped to eliminate hookworm and other parasites in the United States. Now new research shows that the lowly latrine could be a powerful tool in controlling these diseases, which remain widespread among the world's poorest people.

Op-ed co-authored by Dr. Peter Hotez appears in The Atlantic

January 19, 2012 | The Atlantic

A Military Cutback We Can't Afford: Fighting Tropical Diseases

By Peter Hotez and James Kazura

Jan 19 2012, 8:06 AM ET

As long as we have a military presence in areas known for infectious diseases, we have to keep researchers working on improved treatments.

The Atlantic