US sanctions on Iran are hitting hard for terminally ill patients like Parsa, a 5-year-old in Tehran with liver cancer. The country’s economy is in free fall after a landmark deal to lift sanctions in exchange for rollbacks to Iran’s nuclear program collapsed. The US claims…

The yawning gap in child cancer survival between wealthy and poorer countries is fueled by a perception that treatment is too costly and complicated for low-resource settings.   North American children with cancer now have a 5-year survival rate of 80%—while more than 80%…

Africa is home to the most genetically diverse population in the world. Yet just 2% of genetic materials used in pharmaceutical research comes from the continent; 90% comes from Caucasians.   Abasi Ene-Obong is looking to change that with 54gene, the first biobank of…

The human papillomavirus vaccine may be worth getting through age 45, according to the findings of a CDC advisory panel revealed yesterday, The Washington Post reports. Every year in the US, HPV-related cancers afflict some 17,500 women and 9,300 men, many of them…

After a storied 6-decade career, Henry T. Lynch—“the father of cancer genetics”—died Sunday in Nebraska at the age of 91. Known in his Navy days as “Hammerin’ Hank,” Lynch was convinced about the heredity of cancer at a time when most scientists blamed it on environmental…

Tobacco is a big reason that the world isn’t on track to meet a key Sustainable Development Goal: Cut NCD premature mortality by one-third by 2030, the WHO reports. It marks World No Tobacco Day today with a call today for governments to prioritize tobacco control.  …

Ellen Engle sees a pattern on the support group she runs on Facebook: Women “told they’re going through menopause or have irritable bowel syndrome”—when in fact they have ovarian cancer. Late diagnoses and lagging treatment advancements have meant high mortality rates for…

GHN lives to highlight the critical health stories in the news—so we’re thrilled to be at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference happening now in Baltimore.

A top cancer center in Houston, Texas ousted 3 Chinese senior researchers amid NIH claims that they violated agency rules around confidentiality and disclosure of foreign ties. The departures mark the latest development in the NIH crackdown on misconduct, launched amid…

Edwin Hardeman’s case against Monsanto started as a personal search for accountability. In court, it cracked open a trove of incriminating evidence against the company that sets the stage for a clutch of other cases alleging the blockbuster Roundup weed killer caused cancer…