Will the extraordinary and controversial efforts to contain the coronavirus work? This week could prove critical, University of Hong Kong epidemiologist Ben Cowling tells TIME: “What we’re worried about is that we don’t see any reduction in the steady increase,” Cowling…

In Eastern Europe, a combination of low funding for public health and rising consumer spending power has fueled the rise of private medical care—and a race for the accompanying trove of health data.   Some of the region’s major insurers are partnering with startup tech…

International efforts to banish trade in mercury—used in gold mining—have spurred a multi-billion dollar black market in Indonesia that has spread exposure far and wide. And officials may be in on it, writes Richard C. Paddock. There is no safe level of mercury in humans.…

From a public health perspective, Vienna has a lot going for it—Alpine tap water, child benefits for moms, and some of the world’s lowest maternal death rates.There is one glaring exception: Vienna is also known as the “ashtray of Europe”—a quarter of Austrians…

Some academics have a secret side hustle testifying for tobacco companies in court, earning hundreds of dollars an hour as expert witnesses on a topic many have never published a word about. The strategy: Using the “common knowledge” argument that the dangers of smoking…

Henry Mosley may not be a household name in public health—but he should be. Mosley’s career began in 1965 when he was appointed head of epidemiology at the Pakistan-SEATO Cholera Research Lab. Since then, his work with demographic data has helped inform countless…

India is proposing an all-out ban on e-cigarettes—complete with fines and jail terms for offenders, according to a draft executive order seen by Reuters.   Repeat offenders could face $7,000 penalties and up to 3 years behind bars. 16 Indian states have already barred the…

The World Health Assembly wants to see viral hepatitis eliminated as a public health threat by 2030. What exactly would that cost?

Drugmakers, doctors and regulators have been blamed by many for America’s opioid crisis. But judges are also culpable, a Reuters investigation found.      Numerous judges who have—and are—adjudicating cases against Purdue Pharma have allowed damning evidence against the…

Over 70 public health and medical groups teamed up to call climate change a health emergency and push for a shift away from fossil fuels, NBC reports.