In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.  

Professional athletes are known for overcoming mental limits to achieve incredible physical feats.  For some athletes, the “invisible tattoos” of childhood trauma may manifest as an all-important drive to succeed, writes William D. Parham, director of the Mental Health and…

Opioid makers teamed up with a tech company to create a computer pop-up alert system designed to maximize—and extend—prescriptions to the addictive painkillers, a government investigation revealed this week, Los Angeles Times reports.  

Over 15+ years, Kenya received $72.5 million from the US government to build up its blood safety and transfusion program “nearly from scratch.”   But that funding has tapered off and dried up—and the Kenyan government hasn’t budgeted to fill the gap this year, leaving…

Countries should fight public health threats with the same vigor they use to tackle terrorism, WHO warns in a roundup of the top health challenges of the next decade.   Highlights from the list (in no particular order): 

There were signs of hope for peace in Yemen in the new year.   But while bombs may have stopped, the country is still haunted by disease and displacement, writes Susan Schulman in a powerful account in the Telegraph of returnees amid one of the world’s worst humanitarian…

Conflict has overwhelmed Yemen’s public health and social welfare services—and its 4.5 million people with disabilities suffer disproportionately, Amnesty International concludes in a report marking today’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.   Many with limited…

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…

Crucial humanitarian aid could be cut off from hundreds of thousands of people in northern Syria after international aid workers fled the country amid Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish forces, The Independent reports.

It was January of 1925, and Nome’s children were dying. Diphtheria had struck the Alaskan town, but the curative serum the local doctor needed was in Nenana, nearly 700 miles away.