About 885 million people are at risk for diseases like diarrhea and cholera from crops irrigated by untreated urban wastewater, according to a report in Environmental Research Letters.

Tilapia lake virus is affecting huge populations of both open water and farmed fish in Colombia, Ecuador, Egpyt and Israel. And in Thailand, 90% of farmed stock were decimated.While TiLV is not transferrable to humans, tilapia is a prevalent source of protein for rural…

Heart failure patients in Africa, China, India, the Middle East, southeast Asia and South America tend to be younger than patients in North American and Western European Nations and are more likely to be female.   The recent findings in the International Congestive Heart…

In the wake of US Secretary Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis, global attention has shifted toward the disease. With an estimated 450 million cases annually, pneumonia is more fatal than people realize. This is especially true in Africa and Asia, where costs are higher…

Surging methamphetamine use in Asia has encouraged governments to embrace get tough drugs policies that may make the situation worse. The Philippines has embarked on a bloody "war on drugs" that has led to at least 2,400 deaths in just 2 months. Indonesia has resumed the…

With 115 cases of the Zika virus confirmed this week in Singapore, plus 1 in neighboring Malaysia, public health officials now are wondering if this is the beginning of the epidemic in Asia and Africa. According to CDC and WHO experts, no one knows at this point. Among the…

Vector control is a poor substitute for vaccines in a yellow fever outbreak, but despite 6,100 suspected yellow fever cases in Angola and the Congo—and 400 deaths—there’s been little else to show for the response so far.

Vector control is a poor substitute for vaccines in a yellow fever outbreak, but despite 6,100 suspected yellow fever cases in Angola and the Congo—and 400 deaths—there’s been little else to show for the response so far.

A media campaign to quit smoking, as well as pressure from wives, daughters, mothers and girlfriends appears to be paying off in North Korea, where an estimated 54 percent of adult males smoke. The ratio of male smokers in 2013 was down 8 percent when compared with 2009…

A combination of challenging logistics and ideology block broader access to contraceptives in the poorest pockets of Burma (Myanmar), such as Chin State—where only around 3% of the women have access to family planning. That stands in stark contrast to the rest of the…