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.

Insecticide-treated bed nets—critical weaponry in the malaria prevention arsenal—are typically distributed by health clinics to pregnant women or via mass campaigns every 3 years in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. But campaigns are expensive logistical ordeals, and lost or…

Treatment options are sorely limited for an extensively drug-resistant strain of typhoid that has been spreading in Pakistan since November 2016.5 classes of drugs are resistant to Salmonella Typhi. The city of Hyderabad alone has seen 800 cases as the outbreak spreads in…

Evidence indicates that Russia’s HIV epidemic is “uncontrolled and worsening”—a public health crisis marked by a failure of public policy and practice, according to Chris Beyrer of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and co-authors.

All suicides are preventable: That is the bedrock belief of Zero Suicide, an approach that began as an attempt to reduce suicides in mental health systems in Detroit. Its practices center on making care accessible and restricting access to means of suicide.Now some large…

Preventing tick bites and treating Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) early among American Indian tribes in Arizona may avoid premature death and disability and save millions of dollars, according to the CDC. In a recent study, CDC and Indian Health Service experts linked…