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—…

Determined to improve on 1-way, easy-to-ignore reminders for tuberculosis patients to take their medicine, MIT researchers in Kenya embarked on an experiment, reports MedicalXpress.  

One of the most painful marks of the US opioid crisis is the lack of safe, evidence-based treatment options for the people trying to escape addiction’s stubborn grip. The first article in a must-read Vox series on addiction treatment includes the story of a South Burlington…

Philippines villagers have deployed toads and mosquitofish to root out the larvae of Aedes mosquitoes behind the country’s deadly dengue epidemic that's caused 900 deaths and 209,000 cases this year.   The toads and fish face a formidable foe. “These mosquitoes are…

In Africa and Asia, 2 million women and girls live with obstetric fistula that leaves them incontinent.   The condition is “effectively a hole in the birth canal” resulting from lengthy, obstructed labor without key emergency care, Sarah Newey reports. In developed nations…

It sounds like promising news: The US and the Taliban are in talks to halt almost 2 decades of fighting in Afghanistan.   But when troops withdraw, what will happen to the aid that one of the world’s poorest countries relies on?  

From 2008-2018, a third of clinical trials that produced new cancer drugs failed to report the race of participants.A new study also found that even among trials that did, participation numbers were not representative of the general cancer patient population: just 6%…

The path from an ER visit or hospital stay to a courtroom lawsuit has become so familiar to the people of rural Missouri that they call it the “follow-up appointment.” Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is like many financially troubled rural hospitals. Facing $84 million…