After 3 decades of research, Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi are piloting the first malaria vaccine in babies.   The vaccine is only about 40% effective, but Mosquirix is being given a shot anyway amid rising resistance to treatment and stalling progress against the disease.  …

It’s been a decade since WHO endorsed a 19-item surgical checklist covering everything from patient identity to ensuring anesthetics are on hand.      Research has shown the checklist reduces major complications by 60%. Yet adherence is inconsistent.   Wealthy countries use…

The 2010s marked the hottest decade on record, data published yesterday by NASA and NOAA confirm, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.2019 was the second-warmest year ever.  The analyses tie the trend to emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, and “a…

Facebook is looking to fill the gap in preventive care—and promises to reach the poorest Americans who frequently miss out on these checkups.   And unlike physicians, tech companies aren’t subject to the HIPAA law that protects patient information.   The Facebook Preventive…

In Eastern Europe, a combination of low funding for public health and rising consumer spending power has fueled the rise of private medical care—and a race for the accompanying trove of health data.   Some of the region’s major insurers are partnering with startup tech…

China’s mysterious pneumonia outbreak was triggered by a new coronavirus—the virus family behind a wide range of illnesses from the common cold to SARS, Chinese scientists announced yesterday amid an ongoing investigation,AP reports.   The 2002-2003 SARS outbreak that began…

Editors’ Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on what is needed to end HIV in the US by 2030, from the Fall 2019 issue of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health magazine.

Physicians’ bias against black Americans meant they received fewer opioid prescriptions than whites in recent years, potentially saving thousands of lives. 

The mystery outbreak causing dozens of infections in Wuhan is not SARS or MERS, according to Chinese officials, the BBC reports.

Sickle cell patients have been caught in the crossfire as ERs shift their pain protocol, trying to provide effective pain relief without spurring addiction.   "We start creating people with addiction problems at a very early age in sickle cell disease," observes Troy…