The US and Brazil have the Americas’ highest number of COVID-19 deaths. They also have leaders who are sending mixed messages about the response.

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the US recorded higher-than-normal mortality—an estimated 15,400 excess deaths over a 5-week period. That’s nearly 2X the official number of COVID-19 deaths—8,128—during the period in March and early April, according to a Yale School of…

Last week, it looked like Japan was winning the fight against COVID-19 without the chaotic disruptions in Europe and the US. But now, cases are rising: 70+ new cases today, Reuters reports, and a lockdown now looks likely. There are 2,000+ reported cases nationwide—500 in…

Why is Italy’s startling COVID-19 death rate—7.2%—so much higher than China’s 2.3%?  

In Botswana, cancer patients camp out in referral hospitals for up to weeks, waiting to be seen. The largest referral hospital has just one medical oncologist.   Some travel ~500 miles to get there, some toting their medical records in plastic bags. Endless rounds of…

Cancer death disparities between African Americans and whites narrowed significantly in the last 30 years. In 1990, the “excess risk” in cancer mortality for black people was 47%. A recent American Cancer Society study found that number dropped to 19% by 2016.   The dive…

In 2015, more than 300,000 women died during childbirth—often from preventable causes. 99% of the deaths occurred in developing countries. While maternal mortality fell 44% from 1990-2015, that still falls short of the UN’s goals.

The US cancer death rate has declined for 25 years—dropping 27% between 1991 and 2016—thanks to early detection and more people passing on smoking, an American Cancer Society report released yesterday shows.  

The world can learn from Moldova’s tobacco tax, says World Bank’s Patricio V. Marquez. 30% of Moldovan men smoke and the workforce suffered in recent years from premature mortality rates tied to noncommunicable diseases—to which tobacco is a major contributor.

Just 66% of Indian breast cancer patients live 5 years after diagnosis, compared to 90% in many Western nations. Many Indian doctors blame a scourge of late-stage diagnosis that spans the economic and educational spectrum.