Cuba’s foreign medical missions have long been a core source of soft power and hard income. As Latin American deals dwindle amid sociopolitical crises, Middle Eastern wealth offers a lucrative market. Qatar and Cuba have struck a secret deal that pays physicians a fraction…

Doctors must step up to protect people with drug-use problems in the current political climate, Pamela Das and Richard Horton urge in a Lancet editorial.  

In The Gambia, powerful pain killers are hard to come by—generic versions of Tylenol and Advil are the primary option, even at the main hospital in the capital, Banjul.   That does not deter nurses like Nadia Drammeh.   Many of her patients—80-90%, she estimates—walk in…

“Sugary drinks tax” is a well-worn phrase. However, such policies come in as many forms as there are jurisdictions, and the benefits of policies designed to tackle chronic diseases take a long time to measure. The good news: Studies of consumption have already shown the…

Medical evidence corroborates the accounts of US asylum seekers stranded in Tijuana, Physicians for Human Rights doctors say in a new report. They interviewed 18 people from Mexico and Central America—a “medical snapshot”—and documented physical and psychological evidence…

Last year, “486 school buses’ worth of people” in the US got syphilis while policymakers were “asleep at the wheel,” as Olga Khazan put it in The Atlantic’s take on the latest CDC report on STDs<

Protests have erupted after a fire yesterday in Greece’s infamous, overcrowded Moria refugee camp killed at least 1 woman and possibly her child, BBC reports.     The Lesbos camp only has capacity for 3,000 people, but houses more than 12,000.   The UN urged Greece to…

Today, students from New Delhi to New York are gathering for the largest global climate protests to date, AFP reports.  

Last year, India’s government issued new rules aimed at lightening students’ backpacks.   A 2016 survey found that 88% of 7-to-13-year-olds in India were toting backpacks nearly half their body weight; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests bags shouldn’t weigh more…

Hawaii’s gun death rate is only 2.5—far below the US’s 10.6 average. And it’s not because there aren’t guns there. Hawaii has robust hunting and gun collection cultures, but few guns are used in violent crime. This could be due to state laws correlated with lower gun death…