After several stagnant years, gun deaths are on an uptick that is continuing into 2017, according to a new CDC report. But diabetes, cancer and heart disease are all bigger killers—with drug overdoses the biggest of all in Americans under 50. Overdose deaths have jumped a…

World Obesity Day this year comes with disturbing figures on the rise of the condition that afflicts 124 million children and teens. Medical expenses for health effects related to obesity—including type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancer—across the globe could top £920 billion…

Processed foods and sugary drinks are now reaching even the most isolated parts of Latin America, Asia and Africa—upending traditional diets and expanding waistlines. In places like Brazil, this sea change in diet has only added to an already dire situation of rising rates…

Mexico declared diabetes a national health emergency last year, with 13 million adults affected. But the country’s fractured health care system hinders the response to the complex problem, some experts say.   Only about half of Mexicans with diabetes have a diagnosis, and…

India’s largest ever nationwide diabetes study has revealed much higher prevalence of the disease among poor people that had been shown before, according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.  

Tanzanians consider both malaria and diabetes to be severe and potentially fatal diseases, but manage the former much better than the latter, according to a new study by Tanzanian and Dutch researchers.   Researchers conducted 17 focus groups and 41 interviews with malaria…

The rate of diabetes-related kidney failures, or end-stage renal disease, among Native Americans plummeted by 54% between 1996 and 2013, according to a new CDC report.   The report calls the decline “especially remarkable” given the health and socioeconomic disparities…

Research that takes into account local societal structures, cultural influences, environments, politics and behavior would benefit the international community in tackling the global burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), argues Adnan Hyder of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg…

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to Japanese researcher Yoshinori Ohsumi for his 1990s discoveries of how cells destroy and recycle their own contents—a process called autophagy (from the Greek, “self eating”).  

Two researchers at Columbia University want to defang the term ‘venomous.’ By publishing the first searchable catalog of potentially therapeutic animal toxins, Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, an assistant professor of bioinformatics, and Joseph Romano, a graduate student, aim to…