Young children infected with SARS-CoV-2 carry high amounts of the viral RNA in their nasal cavities, even if they have only mild symptoms, 

Iron deficiency tests are getting it wrong—and that has major implications for nutritional interventions in Africa, according to a new study in BMC Medicine.  

Through efforts like Family Planning 2020, contraception has become a focal point of global health initiatives.     But uptake is uneven across age groups. A new JAMA study found that the prevalence of unmet need for family planning was 50.8% among adolescents (ages 15-19…

The US government earned as many Fs as As for its efforts to curb youth vaping and tobacco use, according to the 2020 report card from 

15 years ago, several Amish children from the same family died suddenly without any apparent cause. Researchers suspected mutations of the RYR2 gene—which can cause cardiac arrythmia—but molecular autopsy results were inconclusive. To date, 18 Amish children have died…

Every year fake medicines kill more than 120,000 children in Africa, which accounts for the bulk of substandard and fake medical products detected worldwide, Quartz Africa reports.   7 African countries are showing fresh political will to stop the scourge.  

The DRC’s measles outbreak death toll has passed 6,000, spurring the WHO to call on countries to step up assistance.   It is the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more 310,000 suspected cases reported since early 2019. Complicating the response: The country's…

“God, why? Why my baby?” Nuu Lameko’s baby girl, Lemina, lit up the world with her smile. Then the 10-month-old was one of 5,400 people in Samoa infected with measles. And 1 of 77 who died. The island nation of 200,000 was unprepared for the 300% increase in measles…

The first scientific study of the HIV outbreak in Ratodero, Pakistan shows an urgent need to ramp up efforts to control the outbreak and treat those infected, according to a London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine news release.  

Ethiopia experiences 7X the global prevalence of neural tube defects, which can mean babies born without brains or with protruding spinal cords.     “Probably every other day we see a child that is so bad we can’t help them,” says Tony Magana of Mekelle University School of…