With digital tools taking health care by storm, the WHO paused to take stock on its strengths and limitations. In its new review of digital technologies in global health, WHO provides a new guideline for deploying these innovations.

A $2,000 handheld ultrasound device is useful for doctors anywhere. But in poor countries where CT and MRI scanners are scarce, emergency medicine specialist William A. Cherniak has big plans for the Butterfly iQ. The electric shaver-sized device is used mainly to check for…

Pregnancy tracking apps have become wildly popular for helping mothers track their experience—and employers and insurers shell out to get access to that data. Some employers give financial incentives to use the app, then track the anonymized data, helping evaluate employees…

African American brains remain “the submerged part of the iceberg” in neuroscience. A new effort launched in Baltimore this week aims to fill this “gaping hole in medicine:” understanding how brain diseases manifest among African Americans, a hugely underrepresented…

Door-to-door HIV testing and on-the-spot referrals for treatment could substantially reduce new HIV infections in southern Africa, according to the largest-ever HIV prevention trial, known as PopART. This randomized trial of the “universal test and treat” strategy involved…

As the old adage goes: “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on”—and today, rumors take the express train via WhatsApp. India endured violence fueled by rumors long before the age of digital tech. But recently, the ubiquitous…

Using the make-do “MacGyver” method, emergency physician Thomas Burke designed a lifesaving kit to stop deadly postpartum hemorrhage—which causes 1 in 3 maternal deaths. His low-tech “uterine balloon tamponade” has been deployed thousands of times and boasts a 97% survival…

Drone strikes are synonymous with targeted modern warfare but scant data exists to illustrate civilian impact. A new study of injuries among Gaza rehab center patients surfaces the need for more scrutiny. Attacks by drones cause more civilian injuries than other explosive…

Antibiotics alone may be enough to cure appendicitis, upending a century-old standard of “slicing tiny, inflamed organs from people’s guts” to cure the condition, according to research published this week in JAMA.  

Youth: They’re the first to download, update, plug in, take risks and embrace new technologies. They’re sharing their dissatisfaction with the status quo, and their visions for a healthier future (think #MeToo and #NeverAgain), write Jessica Renzella and Lucy Richards of…