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.  

Buprenorphine can be lifesaving for people with substance use issues—but only if they can get it.In a new Annals of Internal Medicine study, researchers posing as heroin users called 546 prescribers in states with the highest overdose death rates.

Some 60 million children don’t have enough to eat in Africa, with unacceptable and rising levels of hunger standing in sharp contrast to the continent’s economic gains, warns a report from the Addis-Ababa based Africa Child Policy Forum.  

In San Francisco, a hub of homelessness in the US, researchers have observed firsthand how living on the streets can accelerate aging. With an average age of 57, homeless study participants suffered strokes, falls and incontinence at rates more typical of people in their…

Abby Goudnough tells the story of how cheaper-to-produce, deadlier fentanyl is edging out heroin in cities dotting the US Eastern Seaboard—putting people at greater risk of overdose.   The Quote: “The diminishing supply should be a victory for public health and law…