Like America, Russia is battling a severe opioid crisis—but it has adopted a starkly different, “tough-love” approach in response.

Russia faces a growing AIDS crisis with 20,000 expected deaths in 2017—a number rising with the government’s failure to adequately fund treatment for people living with HIV.   Currently, federal clinics are budgeted to treat about 300,000 HIV patients, and many will only…

The Russian government’s failure to put in place proven strategies to reduce HIV has led to skyrocketing infection rates, experts say. Rates have grown by about 10% each year over the past 5 years, and in 2015 the country had the world’s third highest number of new…

Russia’s health ministry is looking to phase in a cigarette ban with a new proposal to ban cigarettes to anyone born in 2015 or later.   The proposal follows a push by Russia to curb smoking, including a 2013 law banning smoking in most public places and making it harder…

With Syrian government forces positioned to take the last bit of Aleppo from the opposition forces, the endgame is upon the beleaguered city—with tens of thousands still trapped inside.   A deal brokered by Russia and Turkey yesterday to rescue the Aleppo’s trapped appeared…

A 12-year-old boy died from anthrax in an outbreak that has sickened at least 8 others in Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula. The boy, from a reindeer herding family, died after eating infected venison. As of yesterday, 72 people were under close hospital observation as well.…

This article was originally published in TheHill.com. 

This article was originally published in TheHill.com.  The prospects for successful peace talks to end the horrific conflict in Syria are in serious jeopardy because the Syrian government and their Russian accomplices smell blood.

Though TB infection rates are falling in Europe’s high priority-countries, multi-drug resistant TB is “still ravaging” Europe, according to  Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO’s regional director. The most recent data on TB in Europe (from 2013) shows 360,000 cases in the 53-country…