Turning to the Internet to treat sexually transmitted infections may spare embarrassment, but online treatments are often sub-optimal or incorrect and contribute to antibiotic resistance. For example, effective treatment for gonorrhea—which affects 30,000 people in the UK—…

The complexity of tuberculosis, both biologically and socially, underlies the current extent of the disease, despite decades of efforts to control it and develop the right vaccine. An in-depth feature from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine lays out TB’s…

As scientists amass evidence that social isolation changes the human genome in profound, long-lasting ways, loneliness is increasingly seen as a serious public health hazard. Damage caused by genetic changes from loneliness appears comparable to the injuries to health from…

Grieving suicides puts individuals at heightened risk for attempting suicide themselves, according to new research in BMJ Open. 

As misunderstandings go, this is biggie: Most of the dozens of people polled in the UK about antibiotic resistance assumed that it’s the person who becomes resistant to antibiotics, not the microbes. That finding among others is summarized in a fascinating if disconcerting…

As US government officials grapple with the problem of opioid addiction, they may soon have an unorthodox new approach to watch in Ireland. To get heroin addicts off the street and into treatment, Ireland wants to make rooms available where users can inject the drug under…

The global movement to end viral hepatitis is getting a boost this week, in the form of a landmark summit in Glasgow, Scotland. By bringing together 4 key groups—patients, national governments, the WHO and the pharmaceutical industry—involved in the global response to the…

In a new review of the latest evidence, Public Health England has announced that best estimates show that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes. The review also notes that “nearly all of the 2.6 million adults who vape in Britain are current…

A rousing Lancet editorial taps recent reports to argue that even in the age of austerity investments in children must be made to reduce health and social inequities.

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act will come into force on July 31, but to Irina DoCarmo it doesn’t go far enough to ensure victims are believed and supported. When women come to the police, “the strong message is: you are an illegal immigrant first and a human being last; not…