Hundreds of thousands die each year from counterfeit or poor quality drugs, warn doctors and scientists calling for an international movement to flush the fakes out of the system.   250,000 children die from drugs intended to treat malaria and pneumonia alone, they write in…

The WHO announced the biggest shake-up ever yesterday, laying out major reforms and realignments of power aimed at achieving its “triple billion” targets. “The world has changed, which is why we have articulated a new mission to reflect what our world needs us to do now,”…

Vaccination, writes Masha Gessen, is a basic political issue because its success hinges on community agreement—and vaccine refusal is a political act.  

Stalled for over 4 years, studies that modify bird flu viruses—which could make them riskier to humans—are set to recommence within weeks. Federal officials had deemed the experiments too dangerous to conduct. But last year, they were quietly green-lit and NIH funding is…

Like his predecessors, President Trump used last night’s State of the Union address to make a major health-related announcement, Vox reported. Headlining a laundry list of health points was a pledge to end HIV transmission in the US by 2030. “Scientific breakthroughs have…

At least one good news story came out of the World Economic Forum, which wrapped up in Davos, Switzerland, last week. Gavi, which launched in Davos in 2000 to get subsidized vaccines to those most in need, estimates it has helped immunize ~700 million from diseases…

Many refugees and migrants are generally healthy, but the trying transition to receiving countries ups their risk of illnesses—both communicable and noncommunicable, according to a report released yesterday by the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Police and security forces should be viewed as allies—not intruders—in public health, argues a Lancet special series on Security and Health that went live yesterday.

Concerns over North Korea’s nuclear capabilities have obscured a potentially much bigger threat: Pyongyang’s active pursuit of biological weapons. Germ production is lower-profile and less expensive than traditional weapons, and easily disguised in everyday products. One…

Tuberculosis is the globe’s leading cause of infectious disease deaths and China bears a heavy burden—ranking 3rd in total cases.   Most TB vaccine development is geared towards infants or adolescents, but cases in China overwhelmingly affect adults over 65. A London School…