Underdiagnosed or overdiagnosed? Easily cured or everlasting? Lyme disease is a tricky flashpoint for discordant groups of physicians and patients. The controversies are widely covered—what’s really needed, says editor Pamela Weintraub, is a spotlight on potentially game-…

An alarming number of Indian women diagnosed with breast cancer do not survive—but low-cost screening devices could make a difference.   Only 66% of Indian women with breast cancer live 5 years beyond diagnosis, compared to about 90% in many Western countries. Late…

On September 23, join the American Public Health Association and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative for Policies That Work to Reduce Gun Violence, livestreamed from Washington DC.

The Houston-Galveston coast is critically vulnerable to storms that could impact millions and cause untold damage. So, Texas engineers are studying the Netherlands’ 2,300-mile Delta Works system.  The Dutch are experts in flood control with centuries of dike and canal…

An “alarming” decline in the effectiveness of go-to malaria drugs in Southeast Asia could signal their eventual failure across the globe, according to 2 new Lancet studies led by authors from Wellcome Sanger Institute and the

Almost half the global population faces tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers. Yet oral health has been woefully sidelined in the global health dialogue, according to a 2-part Lancet series calling for an overhaul of global dental systems.

The WHO and the International Telecommunication Union released new guidelines aimed at saving the hearing of people at risk due to excessive noise exposure —including through personal audio devices.   A full half of people aged 12-35—1.1 billion—risk hearing loss despite…

Facebook’s suicide prevention program may border on unchecked medical research, experts argue. Facebook’s algorithm flags posts that potentially include suicidal threats. A team assesses imminent risk before contacting authorities who can deploy first responders for a “…

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is a very different kind of HIV prevention than pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). But as PrEP gains traction in Africa, its rollout has much to learn from that of VMMC. National PrEP programs are growing, but uptake and retention…

Suicide eclipses even armed conflict as the deadliest form of violence across the globe, resulting in around 1 million deaths every year, UN officials noted today, marking World Suicide Prevention Day.