As debate roils over whether e-cigarettes are a key quit-smoking tool or a bane on health, new research says e-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine replacements for people trying to quit, the Washington Post reported<

Governments around the world will not reach the Sustainable Development Goal of sharply reducing premature deaths unless “urgent action” is taken, according to a WHO report published today in The Lancet.

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…

16% of deaths worldwide are linked to pollution—the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death. The startling numbers from The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health reveal pollution’s deadly impact, especially for poorer countries:

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…

Deaths from heart disease among smokers 35+ in England have fallen more than 20% since smoking in public places was banned a decade ago. Heart disease deaths attributable to smoking fell from 32,528 in 2007-2009 to 25,777 between 2013 and 2015, according to data from…

Eating a high-carbohydrate diet with little meat and being physically active 6 hours a day has made the Bolivian Amazon’s Tsimané people the population with the world’s healthiest hearts, says a new Lancet study.   Upon examining Tsimané arteries with CT scanners,…

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women globally, yet studies find that women are less likely to receive timely treatment, proper diagnosis and appropriate advice. Overcoming those disparities will be key to improving outcomes for female…

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)’s $3 billion commitment marks a departure from typical global health funding initiatives, with its focus on basic science rather than applied or translational research into the leading causes of death.   While the $3 billion commitment…

Ischaemic heart disease has emerged as the leading cause of death in the eastern Mediterranean region, having increased by 17.2% between 1990–2013, according to a new analysis of global burden of disease in Lancet Global Health that focuses on health in times of uncertainty…