Previous counts greatly underestimated those living in conflict zones who suffer from mental disorders, new WHO estimates published in The Lancet reveal.   More than 1 in 5 live with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression to psychosis; nearly 1 in 10 have a…

Ebola crossed a dangerous threshold this week as Uganda confirmed a new case—in a 5-year-old-boy who arrived from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the WHO reported yesterday.  

Progress reports on the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola outbreak clashed this week, Helen Branswell reports in STAT. Yesterday, the WHO said cases are down and Ebola’s geographic footprint is shrinking. Tuesday, CDC chief Robert Redfield suggested…

The numbers are stunning: Every day, there are more than 1 million new cases of 4 sexually transmitted infections, according to a new WHO report. The STIs studied were: chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis.  

The encouraging news is that even as global population and vehicles on the roads are increasing, road traffic fatalities are leveling off.

Tobacco is a big reason that the world isn’t on track to meet a key Sustainable Development Goal: Cut NCD premature mortality by one-third by 2030, the WHO reports. It marks World No Tobacco Day today with a call today for governments to prioritize tobacco control.  …

World Health Assembly delegates agreed to press for more transparency on drug pricing today—but stopped short of compelling pharmaceutical companies to disclose R&D costs, Reuters reports.  

Start the clock. After 24 hours, some 7,400 people will have been bitten by snakes, and 220 to 380 of them will die.  That means 81,000 to 138,000 deaths every year. And 400,000 serious injuries such as amputations. But those are just estimates. No one knows how many…

Embattled opioid giant Purdue Pharma influenced WHO guidelines on treating pain, according to a bipartisan Congressional report released yesterday, The Washington Post reports.

Dozens of member states pledged continued support for the global effort to eradicate polio during a #WHA72 committee meeting on Thursday morning.  But one mattered more than most: Pakistan.