Measles infections are projected to double this year compared to 2018, hitting rich and poor countries alike, the WHO reported yesterday. The UN is calling on member states to close vaccination gaps as far-flung measles outbreaks spread. 

The WHO and the International Telecommunication Union released new guidelines aimed at saving the hearing of people at risk due to excessive noise exposure —including through personal audio devices.   A full half of people aged 12-35—1.1 billion—risk hearing loss despite…

2 drug-resistant tuberculosis survivors who lost their hearing because of treatment are teaming up with Médecins Sans Frontières to challenge a patent extension on a safer drug in India.   The extension of Johnson & Johnson's monopoly on the WHO-recommended bedaquilin…

India’s ubiquitous electricity generators are largely to blame for Delhi’s dangerous levels of particulate matter—which stretch well beyond the WHO’s safety limit. How to stop all that soot from entering the air? Think ink. With its namesake “Chakr Shield,” the startup…

Coca-Cola staff tried to leverage personal relationships at the CDC to fight soda taxes, influence the WHO and solicit advice, according to emails cited in research published yesterday in The Milbank Quarterly.   

Ebola could be taking aim at Goma, home to 1 million—a nightmare scenario health officials are scrambling to prevent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  

Among the WHO’s top concerns is the unknown pathogen that will cause the next big epidemic: Disease X. As impossible as it may sound, there are ways to prepare for Disease X, according to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness, based in Norway.

Many refugees and migrants are generally healthy, but the trying transition to receiving countries ups their risk of illnesses—both communicable and noncommunicable, according to a report released yesterday by the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Despite rising health care spending for smoking-related diseases, Indonesia—a major cigarette and tobacco producer—has gone soft on Big Tobacco, anti-smoking advocates charge.  

The WHO has embarked on its new 5-year strategic plan, with an ambitious triple billion target: Ensuring 1 billion more people benefit from universal health coverage, 1 billion more are protected from health emergencies and 1 billion improve their overall health.   Here’s a…