A new Lancet study of 2 Manhattan hospitals underscores COVID-19’s outsize impact on the elderly.  

Surging COVID-19 cases in Russia are disproportionately hitting health workers, ABC reports. “We are on the threshold simply of a collapse in health personnel,” says Andrey Konoval, head of an independent health workers union, Dyeistviye.

The WHO’s decision to elevate COVID-19’s estimated fatality rate to 3.4% this week fueled more confusion—but it appears to be because there aren’t as many asymptomatic cases as thought, CNBC reports.   

Weeks ago, Iranian health officials said COVID-19 was no match for their public health system and dismissed quarantines as “archaic.” Now, their country has the most COVID-19 deaths outside of China. A top government priority? Silencing medical workers.

A new paper in the journal Addiction suggests the opioid crisis is even worse than official death counts suggest.  

Mass distribution of the antibiotic azithromycin has been shown to reduce under-5 mortality by 14% compared to the placebo.   But those promising results also raised big questions about the usefulness of mass deploying antibiotics, and whether it promotes antibiotic…

Firearm deaths—the No. 2 cause of child and adolescent mortality—get appallingly short shrift in terms of prevention in America, where gun deaths of children are 36 times higher than other high-income countries.  

Civil war in in South Sudan has led to the deaths of more than 380,000 people—nearly 8 times higher than a 2016 UN estimate—according to a report released today by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researchers.  

Infectious disease deaths are down overall in America, but University of Washington researchers have identified holes and shifts in that progress. New research in JAMA tracks county-level infectious disease deaths from 1980-2014. Mortality rates fell 18.7%, to 34.10 per…

People are living longer, but with more disease overall, according to the 2016 Global Burden of Disease study published today in The Lancet.