76 billion.   The number is far beyond human imagination—but not for America’s drug companies, which sold 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006-2012.   A US district judge in Cleveland on Monday ordered a portion of a massive government database opened…

When health care professionals and trainees travel abroad for short-term experiences in global health, deep ethical pitfalls await—like practicing beyond one’s scope.  

Amid record temperatures and wrenching drought, the taps are still running for the well-heeled residents of New Delhi, who enjoy limitless water supply for $10-$15 a month.   Poorer residents in densely populated settlements say they are paying that much for just a week’s…

A Chinese philanthropist and Chinese researchers have embraced a bold goal: Eliminating malaria from Kenya using mass drug administration. By giving antimalarials to every Kenyan, New South CEO Zhu Layi and team hope to eliminate Kenya’s human malaria reservoir—leading to…

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to allow medical professionals to access facilities detaining children near the border with Mexico, amid reports that the children are being held in deplorable conditions, Newsweek reports.

Rebelling against the soaring subscription costs, the University of California system recently dropped its deal with publishing giant Elsevier, which rakes in billions each year. The rebellion may grow because publishers profit by getting “a lot of taxpayer-funded, highly…

Female genital mutilation is happening on US soil—and bans on the practice have gotten weaker, not stronger, reports Milena Mikael-Debass. American FGM survivors from a range of backgrounds—from African and Asian diaspora communities to white Christian women—have broken…

The case against a Chinese scientist’s “CRISPR twins” experiment has been laid out in Nature Medicine. He Jiankui attempted to engineer human embryos with a rare genetic variant known for protecting against HIV infection—but which also comes with a 21% higher mortality rate…

Scores of Indian families are imprisoned by medical debt after falling victim to hysterectomy scams, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation. Unscrupulous doctors prey on women seeking solutions to minor ailments like abnormal bleeding or painful periods. …

Coca-Cola had the power to bury research it funded under an agreement with public universities in the US and Canada, according to a University of Cambridge study published in the Journal of Public Health Policy. The findings give credence to concerns the food industry is…