In the US, pregnancy-related deaths are up to 3X more likely for African American, Native American and Alaska Native women, according to an alarming new CDC report. Most pregnancy-related deaths are caused by complications from severe bleeding.

When Matshidiso Moeti became the first woman to lead WHO’s Regional Office for Africa, the agency was taking heat for its handling of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak—and the tiny public health emergency team was “probably not even eight people.”  

Progress against HIV has hit a sticking point among homeless people in the US who inject drugs, according to a new CDC study that uncovered a cluster of related cases in rural Washington state.   The 14 related HIV cases represent a wider trend King County trend of HIV…

Yesterday, US health officials pledged $350 million to study local solutions to the opioid crisis. The 4-state effort will home in on selected communities, aiming to reduce their opioid-related overdose deaths by 40% over 3 years, Reuters reports.

Measles cases are up a staggering 300% worldwide compared with the first 3 months of 2018, according to provisional WHO data. Cases have been trending upwards for the past 2 years, with young children most affected.

As the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reached a record-setting 18 cases in a single day, the WHO is reconsidering whether to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, CIDRAP reports.

Drug-resistant bacteria are all over the news, but fungi are quickly—and quietly—threatening global health. Take Candida auris. More than 90% of C. auris infections have resistance to at least 1 drug, according to the CDC. From a Venezuelan neonatal unit to an…

In 2000, when Misaki Wayengera was a med student during an Ebola outbreak, the Ugandan pathologist—now at Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences—saw first-hand the need for fast Ebola diagnostics. Results were taking weeks to come back. There were rapid tests for…

African Americans and Hispanics have seen the sharpest rise in fentanyl overdose deaths, according to the first CDC analysis to single out the drug’s role in the opioid crisis, The Washington Post reports.

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…