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…

In 2006, warning labels from suppliers classified talc as “possibly carcinogenic” when used as a genital antiperspirant/deodorant. Baby Powder hawker Johnson & Johnson knew this—and that talc contained small amounts of asbestos–but doubled down on marketing the product…

What if the answer to cancer was to manage it, rather than try to cure it? After all, a similar approach succeeded in keeping diamondback moths at bay, reasoned Richard Gatenby. The radiologist and Darwin enthusiast had heard of the critters destroying crops, and coming…

Malarial therapy was first touted by Henry Heimlich—of the choking maneuver fame—who injected AIDS and Lyme disease patients with parasites to stimulate the immune system. After the CDC discredited the procedure in the 1990s, Heimlich moved clinical trials to Mexico and…

Amid a spiraling Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, traditional healers remain the front line of medicine, raising concern about their outsize influence. In Africa there are 80X more traditional healers than medical doctors, writes Donald G. McNeil, Jr…

In Botswana, cancer patients camp out in referral hospitals for up to weeks, waiting to be seen. The largest referral hospital has just one medical oncologist.   Some travel ~500 miles to get there, some toting their medical records in plastic bags. Endless rounds of…