How serious is the threat to sub-Saharan Africa posed by noncommunicable diseases? Consider 2 new findings by Hebe N. Gouda, University of Queensland, and colleagues in the Lancet Global Health. Using data from 1990 to 2017, they found:

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…

The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC has killed over 2,000 people—but the pathogen is far from the only problem, Nature

Published to little fanfare in 1994, a Pediatrics study in Jamaica—which found babies born to cannabis-using mothers were more alert and less irritable—is more popular than ever on social media.   More recent studies have linked cannabis use to adverse effects, like low…

Using consumer DNA testing, adults conceived through artificial insemination are tracing paternity back to the doctors that inseminated their mothers.  More than 20 “doctor daddy” cases worldwide illuminate what may have been a dubious trend in early fertility practices.…

The discovery of mental illness clusters within families has sparked genetic research—but the data has a diversity problem.   78% of current DNA data comes from people of European ancestries, who thus stand to benefit most from related treatment advances, write Anne…

Africa may soon be completely free of wild poliovirus after 3 years with no recorded cases.    Nigeria had remained a holdout. In 2006, cases surged following rumors questioning oral vaccine safety. In recent years, outbreaks occurred in Boko Haram-controlled areas…

How could a town of 1,790 generate $92 million in lab fees in 6 months? When management company EmpowerHMS took over 18 struggling rural hospitals in 8 states, CEO Jorge A. Perez claimed to be the “savior” that would keep the lights on. But by exploiting federal regulations…

Yesterday the FDA greenlit a hugely promising drug for a form of TB that has long been a death sentence, The New York Times reports.   Pretomanid is part of a 3-drug regimen that proved 90% effective against extensively drug-resistant TB, according to preliminary trial…

Horseshoe crabs’ prized blue blood is ubiquitous in medical safety tests that detect contamination in IV drugs and medical implants. Their copper-rich blood clots around potentially dangerous molecules in bacteria, which scientists leveraged to save patients from toxic…