In Venezuela, waterborne illnesses have whole families laid up and adults unable to work in an already-spiraling economy. From shantytowns to wealthy gated communities, no one is shielded. Venezuela’s government doesn’t release health data, but New York Times-commissioned…

Once relatively rare, US teen suicide rates are now climbing far faster than any other age group, according to a CDC report published today.Suicides among 10 to 24-year-olds spiked 56% from 2007-2017. Firearms are a glaring contributor, but the root causes…

Punched. Mocked. Shouted at. Held down by force. These are some of the ways women remember childbirth, according to a new WHO-led Lancet study that interviewed over 2,600 women in Nigeria, Burma (Myanmar), Ghana and Guinea.

Last year, India’s government issued new rules aimed at lightening students’ backpacks.   A 2016 survey found that 88% of 7-to-13-year-olds in India were toting backpacks nearly half their body weight; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests bags shouldn’t weigh more…

New research found an association between pregnant women who drank fluoridated tap water and reduced IQ scores in their children, causing a stir in the public health community. Flouride is added to more than 2/3 of drinking water in the US to prevent tooth decay and reduce…

Worldwide, birth defects are the second leading cause of neonatal and child mortality—they are responsible for 1 in 10 under-5 deaths in Latin America. Registries for these anomalies are key to understanding their burden, their specific characteristics, and how to respond…

Complications from premature birth are among the leading causes of under-5 deaths—and more than 60% of such births happen in Africa and South Asia.   Preemies have the best chance of surviving and thriving if they are given their mother’s milk immediately after birth.  

There are 11,000 sex workers in Sonagachi, the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India. How to keep their children safe? Sociologist Urmi Basu founded an organization called New Light to cares for the children and helps them avoid a life of sex work. The staff of 35…

After decades of effort by the global health community and governments, more women are giving birth in health facilities than ever, and maternal and newborn mortality have declined since 1990.

Reports about conditions inside detention centers for immigrants on America’s southern border sound horrific—what’s going on inside detainees’ brains may be just as bad.   The realities these children endure fly in the face of core scientific concepts of child well-being…