Many African countries face a “catastrophic shortage” of medical professionals as cases are rising fast, the Africa CDC warns. The continent's cases more than tripled in June—while infections among health care workers jumped 203% since late May, according to the…

In wealthier countries, running out of medical oxygen “is all but unthinkable for a resource that literally can be pulled from the air,” the AP reports. But in low-resource countries, it is expensive and in short supply, with soaring demand amid the pandemic.

An investigation into a COVID-29 outbreak at one South Africa hospital “reads like a detective novel” tracking down how the virus whipped through wards—offering a cautionary tale in just how quickly the virus can spread, Science reports.  

 Among the many ways COVID-19 has upended our lives: People worry that hospitals are more likely to harm than heal. 

Sickle cell patients have been caught in the crossfire as ERs shift their pain protocol, trying to provide effective pain relief without spurring addiction.   "We start creating people with addiction problems at a very early age in sickle cell disease," observes Troy…

A bacteria-resistant film can repel even the stickiest of superbugs in sterile environments like hospitals and food-prep areas. McMaster University developed the transparent film that’s cheap to manufacture and can be shrink-wrapped onto surfaces like door handles or used…

Aja Newman thought she was in good hands at Mount Sinai Emergency Department with a charming “superstar” teaching physician—until he masturbated on her while she was sedated.   People didn’t want to believe her; allies flocked to Newman's defense. But she’d collected…

“If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital.” When rural hospitals close, the effects are devastating. The June 2014 closure of Lower Oconee Community Hospital in Glenwood, Georgia was followed by the shut down of the bank, the pharmacy and, this August…

Today’s delivery of oxygen to a state-run hospital in India where 63 people died last week did little to quell public anger. The hospital, in Gorakhpur, ran out of oxygen and other supplies after failing to pay its bills, but officials declined to say the lack of oxygen…

Greece’s public health and hospital systems are floundering in a chaos induced by the country’s austerity measures, marked by staff shortages and poor sanitation. Hospital patients—given beds that haven’t been disinfected, and treated by overworked staff who lack access to…