SÃO PAULO— Heverson Correia de Freitas, 36 years old, sits on the stairs of his Osasco, São Paulo home, swaying back and forth silently glancing at the walls or the floor, never truly making eye contact with those in the room. These are but a few of the telltale signs of…

6 countries in the Western Hemisphere account for half of global firearm deaths, according to research covering 1990-2016, published this week in JAMA. Brazil—with 43,200 deaths—topped the list for firearm-related deaths in 2016, followed by the US, Mexico, Colombia,…

Brazil is ushering in a public health catastrophe, researchers warn in a letter calling out a disastrous plan for “health reform” in the country already embroiled in political and economic crises.

Brazilian soccer star Neymar’s theatrical roll during Monday’s World Cup match against Mexico sparked mockery, launched memes and inspired a KFC commercial in South Africa, USA Today reported.

In Brazil, a hard-won free health care system for all accommodates patients’ “right to beauty” with low-cost and government-subsidized plastic surgeries. With 1.2 million plastic surgeries a year, Brazil is the second largest consumer of plastic surgery. Many patients say…

Brazil’s yellow fever outbreak, with 1,900+ cases and at least 560 deaths since 2016, caught the country off guard and under-vaccinated—especially in rural areas. Now, officials are trying to play catch-up during a global vaccine shortage so severe that in February, “a gang…

Vaccines are a touchy subject. For some, vaccine mandates symbolize government overreach and prompt anxiety and avoidance, according to Heidi Larson. Add in cultural and religious complexities, and the potential of vaccine programs is limited. Amazing progress has occurred…

“As far as most of the world is concerned, the Zika crisis, first identified in Brazil in 2015, is over,” writes Poonam Daryani, the 2017 Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Global Health Reporting Fellow.

A spate of development projects in the 1990s brought scores of jobs to Brazil’s Acre State—and by 2000, the region’s first-ever dengue outbreak. Within 10 years the sub-1 million population saw 35,000 cases, finds new research published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

RECIFE, BRAZIL—By August 2016, just over a year after the Zika virus epidemic began in Brazil, the number of live births in Pernambuco declined by nearly 10%, according to a study released in June 2017. Between August and December 2016, 15,000 fewer live births were…