Iron deficiency tests are getting it wrong—and that has major implications for nutritional interventions in Africa, according to a new study in BMC Medicine.  

In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.  

Women are being coerced into breastfeed their partners in Uganda, and in parts of Tanzania and Kenya—and researchers are beginning to look into the underground phenomenon that’s been linked to gender-based violence.     Researchers from Kyambogo University in Kampala and…

Getting fathers to take parental leave takes more than policy—culture plays a major role. And like policy, it varies widely between countries.     In some Nordic countries and Portugal, uptake of male parental leave is as high as 40%. In Australia, it’s under 2%. US laws…

In communities across the globe, leprosy-affected people are sent “straight to hell” once news of their condition gets out—even if they’ve been cured of the disease.   Many countries have eliminated the disease thanks to a multidrug therapy introduced in 1993.   But cases…

15 years ago, several Amish children from the same family died suddenly without any apparent cause. Researchers suspected mutations of the RYR2 gene—which can cause cardiac arrythmia—but molecular autopsy results were inconclusive. To date, 18 Amish children have died…

In 2016, China’s 1-child policy came to an end in an effort to counteract an aging population and declining fertility. But confusion remains about whether couples are allowed more than 2 children. In some provinces, families who have received contradictory information…

Significant advancements in sub-Saharan Africa’s health care in the last decade are giving the International Finance Corporation’s Biju Mohandas “many reasons for optimism.” 4 “essential elements” are driving change:

Hispanic women in the US have an outsized risk of getting—and dying from—cervical cancer. Contributing factors range from genetic to socioeconomic and cultural.   In the Rio Grande Valley, even women who access Pap smears likely won’t have access to follow-up services for…

They were already the most notorious crime family in Europe. Now, the Tuscan Hog Mob has expanded its repertoire from terrorizing farmers to sniffing out drugs, GQ reports.