As social distancing expands, the people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19—those over age 60 and those with certain underlying health conditions—are also those most at risk for suffering from loneliness and social isolation. We’ve entered a new period of “social pain,”…

Alcoholics Anonymous doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s at least as effective as scientifically proven treatments for alcoholism—the most pervasive type of drug addiction in America, Vox reports.  

Dialysis has barely changed in 50 years. It still involves hooking patients up to inefficient blood-filtering machines that attempt to replicate the kidney’s complex work.   The process uses huge quantities of water, power—and money; some $91,000 a year per patient in the…

Infectious killer TB has a single vaccine: bacille Calmette-Guérin. A recent study found that BCG developed in different countries varies wildly in the numbers of live bacteria it contains—some have 10–1,000X more others. “Imagine we marketed a heart medication and some…

Nipah virus—with no treatment or vaccine 20 years post-discovery, despite its status as a WHO priority disease—has serious epidemic potential, warn international experts convening in Singapore, Reuters reports.   The virus has ignited outbreaks with mortality rates of…

Half of the world’s snakebite-related deaths occur in India—but the country’s go-to antivenom proved ineffective against the most lethal bites in new research from the Evolutionary Venomics Lab at the Indian Institute of Science.   India has 60 venomous snake species. But…

Diabetes management can take a back seat during humanitarian emergencies—but a new DRC study pokes holes in the idea that diabetes care is too expensive and complicated for emergency settings. A Médecins sans Frontières-supported outpatient diabetes program in North Kivu's…

A Los Angeles Times investigation into California’s psychiatric facilities revealed 100+ preventable deaths in the past decade and a mental health system fraught with opaque record-keeping, breakdowns in care, and families kept in the dark.     No single agency tracks…

Thousands of HIV-positive Venezuelans have been forced to leave the country, after facing discrimination and zero treatment options, according to UNAIDS. Patients once received free ARV treatment under Venezuela’s National AIDS Program. In 2017, the country essentially ran…

Poverty is pushing people deeper into DRC’s jungles in the quest for food, upping encounters with poisonous snakes that call the region home.   In another cruel twist, the remoteness of the equatorial forest renders medical intervention with anti-venoms nearly impossible—…