It’s been a decade since WHO endorsed a 19-item surgical checklist covering everything from patient identity to ensuring anesthetics are on hand.      Research has shown the checklist reduces major complications by 60%. Yet adherence is inconsistent.   Wealthy countries use…

The 2010s marked the hottest decade on record, data published yesterday by NASA and NOAA confirm, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.2019 was the second-warmest year ever.  The analyses tie the trend to emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, and “a…

Few clinical trial sponsors are complying with a US government push to publish results in a federal database, a Science investigation of 4,700 trials reveals. 30 out of 184 institutional sponsors in one group missed all reporting deadlines—flouting a 2007 law promising…

Countries should fight public health threats with the same vigor they use to tackle terrorism, WHO warns in a roundup of the top health challenges of the next decade.   Highlights from the list (in no particular order): 

A Mexican community of just 5,000 people has the highest rate of kidney disease in the world—and young people bear the brunt, not their parents and grandparents.   The scourge in San Pedro Itzicán has been linked to rising contamination around Laka Chapala—a key water…

The FDA is approving new drugs faster and with less evidence of their safety and effectiveness, according to a new JAMA study

Facebook is looking to fill the gap in preventive care—and promises to reach the poorest Americans who frequently miss out on these checkups.   And unlike physicians, tech companies aren’t subject to the HIPAA law that protects patient information.   The Facebook Preventive…

This season’s flu vaccine isn't a good match for the severe strain hitting children across the US, the CDC reported.   For the first time in nearly 3 decades, influenza B—which hits kids harder than the elderly—is the dominant strain as opposed to influenza A. 21 of the 32…

Mandating electronic stability control in all new cars in G20 countries could avert 190,000+ deaths and serious injuries, according to a Bloomberg Philanthropies-commissioned report released this morning.  The crash avoidance technology embraced by 13 G20 countries already…

Editors’ Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on what is needed to end HIV in the US by 2030, from the Fall 2019 issue of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health magazine. Read the complete series here.