A combination of increased conflict and the effects of climate change are leading to an increase in world hunger, according to a new report produced by 5 UN agencies.

A recently released email conversation between 2 industry groups and 2 former Coca-Cola Company executives reveals that Big Soda may be taking a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook, public health advocates say.   The emails reveal an intent to “cast doubt on the science,…

There are ways to put waste to work. That’s essentially the premise of sanitation engineer Ashley Muspratt’s sanitation and renewable-fuel company, Pivot, which repurposes human waste in Rwanda. And she’s not alone in her thinking. More and more entrepreneurs are attempting…

Diminished learning capacity caused by stunting—undernutrition and lack of growth during the first 2 years of life—may not be irreversible, according to a new anthropological study. Following children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam over 15 years, Boston University…

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the poor who eat too much fast food—it’s all of us, according to a new study in Economics & Human Biology.

“Golden bananas”—fruit that has been genetically modified to be packed full of vitamin A—may help solve the global problem of vitamin A deficiency, which leads to the deaths of as many as 700,000 children every year.A decade-long, $10 million project allowed scientists at…

Vast industrial sheds are replacing green fields throughout the world as US-style intensive livestock farming gains popularity and makes food cheaper. Such farms account for 72% of poultry, 42% of egg, and 55% of pork production and have helped increase the global number of…

The world’s poorest suffer disproportionately from cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and there are few easy or cheap solutions—but a simple change in cooking oil could make a big difference. 3 out of 4 CVD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where the poor bear…

The drought in Kenya that has left 2.6 million people in need of food has had another horrific effect: girls are being sent to cities by desperate families to make money as prostitutes.

By tackling factory farming, the WHO could fight all 3 of the “slow-motion disasters” outlined by outgoing WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD at last year’s World Health Assembly (WHA): climate change, antibiotic resistance and noncommunicable diseases threatening…