Less than 27% of adults 18-49 got a flu shot in the 2017-2018 season. What might sway them towards personal responsibility: virtual reality. Researcher Glen Nowak evaluated impacts of a 5-minute VR experience in which “vaccine-avoidant” participants were immersed in…

If Bill Gates could solve one problem, it would be malnutrition. And with the the latest scientific advancements, it can be done in the next 20 years, Gates writes in The Telegraph, ahead of his Hawking Fellowship lecture at Cambridge University today.

The notorious CRISPR twins scandal in China sparked fresh crackdowns on gene editing technology in the US and China, but Russia remains a “legislative vacuum” on the issue, with Putin himself likely giving any go-ahead for research.   CRISPR technology has never been…

While vaccine hesitancy has dominated headlines, access remains the chief barrier to immunization in poor countries. That was the consensus of the closing speakers at the world's first Global Vaccination Summit held yesterday in Brussels by WHO and The European Commission,…

Last year, India’s government issued new rules aimed at lightening students’ backpacks.   A 2016 survey found that 88% of 7-to-13-year-olds in India were toting backpacks nearly half their body weight; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests bags shouldn’t weigh more…

In northeastern Nigeria—“Boko Haram’s den”—at least 3 in 10 people suffer from untreated mental illness. Despite high suicide rates and risks of radicalization, care is reserved for treating substance use or disorders like schizophrenia.    Nonprofits like NEEM Foundation…

Move over, concrete-and-steel behemoths. There’s a new high-rise on the rise.   Amid growing environmental concerns about concrete, high-tech timber buildings have shot up in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific. Innovations in timber technology have eroded concerns…

Complications from premature birth are among the leading causes of under-5 deaths—and more than 60% of such births happen in Africa and South Asia.   Preemies have the best chance of surviving and thriving if they are given their mother’s milk immediately after birth.  

In the 60 years since the pill came to market, contraceptives for women haven’t really changed. Even Amphora, a “new” over-the-counter gel that women can apply before sex, is essentially an updated version of spermicidal lube. Why the sluggish innovation? The pharma…

China’s push to lead the world in genome editing is partially about need: Feeding 1.4 billion people is easier with drought resistant CRISPR-engineered crops that yield more food.   While investing billions in biotech, China hasn’t yet spelled out commercial regulation and…