Steven Lindsay has found a new target for dogs’ legendary sense of smell: the malaria parasite.

Inappropriate use of anti-malarials could be slwoing progress against malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where 10% of global malaria deaths are concentrated.

Rapid diagnostic tests for malaria reveal that in many regions where the disease is endemic only 50% of children’s fevers are actually malarial. When the disease isn’t the culprit, health workers who aren’t trained to diagnose other ailments tend to prescribe antibiotics…

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.