A Mexican community of just 5,000 people has the highest rate of kidney disease in the world—and young people bear the brunt, not their parents and grandparents.   The scourge in San Pedro Itzicán has been linked to rising contamination around Laka Chapala—a key water…

In 2009, an estimated 3% of women Afghanistan were addicted to opium or heroin; by 2015, that had climbed to 9.5%, the UN says. And in 2015, 9.2% of children tested positive for at least one drug. Some wives were introduced opium by husbands who gave it to them during…

The toll of intimate partner violence on breastfeeding is rarely considered, much less researched.  

Some researchers are ready to declare a consensus on what is causing acute flaccid myelitis, the mysterious polio-like illness that has affected more than 500 children in the US. After searching 42 patients’ spinal fluid for thousands of viruses, researchers found that 69…

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…

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…