For $115.5 billion, preventable maternal deaths could be ended by 2030, according to a UN report presented yesterday at the International Conference on Population and Development, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. And for $264 billion, countries could end maternal deaths…

One of my great memories is hearing American writer Stephen Dixon read his short story “Flying.”  A daughter opens a plane’s door at 30,000 feet and falls out. Her father leaps after her. Falling but also flying, they share tender conversation. Improbably, he calls out to…

It’s happens all-too-common often: Western researchers drop in for a few weeks, go home and publish research, while local experts are underrepresented and undervalued.   Madukar Pai, who saw this firsthand during his medical training in India, calls out the inequity—looking…

International efforts to banish trade in mercury—used in gold mining—have spurred a multi-billion dollar black market in Indonesia that has spread exposure far and wide. And officials may be in on it, writes Richard C. Paddock. There is no safe level of mercury in humans.…

California’s Kern County sheriff’s office has the state’s highest inmate suicide rate.  To combat this, officers routinely lock inmates in suicide watch isolation. Here, they could spend hours or days in tiny booths without toilets, fountains, or a mattress. They’re given…

Glaswegians have a 30% higher risk of dying before age 65 compared to people in other British cities. Suicide rates are 70% higher for them than Manchester and Liverpool residents.The phenomenon is known as the “Glasgow Effect.” Researchers have pored over…

When New Englanders Blamed Vampires for Tuberculosis Deaths: Inside hysteria over vampires in 19th century New England. History.com Meet the Bloodsuckers: Vampires get all the attention at this time of year, but bloodthirsty leeches, insects and birds are just as compelling…

Forget cheesesteak. The APHA crowd heading to Philadelphia this Saturday is craving Michael Yudell’s yellow fever tour.  

What does 2 decades of war do to veterans’ health? To find out, McClatchy analyzed Veterans Affairs medical billing data from 2000-2018, as wars triggered by 9/11 raged in Iraq and Afghanistan. The analysis found sharp increases in treatment for prostate and urinary cancer…

At a Malawi wildlife reserve, hundreds of reintroduced elephants lured tourists—but also the deadly parasite that causes sleeping sickness.   Authorities confirm that the elephants, brought back to the Nkhotakota wildlife in 2015, led to an uptick in tsetse flies—host of…