In 113 developing countries, agriculture is 3/4 less productive than other sectors. One reason: neglecting the health of workers, especially in humid areas favored by disease vectors, concludes new research led by Andrew Dillon at Michigan State University.

The WHO is creating an Essential Diagnostics List that would function much like its well-recognized Essential Medicines List.The list will deliver evidence-based guidance to countries so they can create their own lists of essential diagnostic tests and tools, according to…

Researchers in São Paulo, Brazil, are using brain scans to study how doctors make diagnoses and treatment decisions. Doctors were tasked with 2 sets of word associations: matching symptoms with diseases and treatments, and matching characteristics with animals.   When given…

Why is cancer rarely the top issue in global health and development discussions? There were, after all, more than 8 million cancer-related deaths in 2012, per WHO.  

The lab that receives the next sample of a dangerous emerging virus like Ebola or Zika could very well be an under-equipped facility in a poor country, with a limited arsenal of tests. To improve diagnostic capabilities in poor countries, a team of experts assembled a list…

Lab tests don’t always pass the test. A 2014 study put the number of lab errors at 12 million times per year for outpatients. That’s 1 in 20 adults. Inaccurate results lead to delayed or wrong diagnoses. The precise number is unknown, and was not factored into the recent…

The discovery of advantages in a urine-based test for the Zika virus over blood prompted the CDC to update its interim guidance  to include urine testing.

Missing in the TB fight is a test to easily, inexpensively and accurately diagnose TB, but a new blood test could save lives. As the traditional and imperfect sputum test contributes to the spread of the scourge, Purvesh Khatri, a Stanford University medical professor, and…

In rural Mongolia, it might take 2 weeks for health workers to send influenza samples to the capitol and receive results. To speed the process, Greg Gray, a Duke University professor of global health, infectious diseases and environmental sciences, set up a remote research…

Wiping out TB around the world may hinge on India, the WHO reported last week (GHN). Delivering TB diagnostic services and treatment to the country’s hardest-to-reach people is a critical element of the fight, and Project Axshya, supported by the Global Fund and implemented…