Before it went on to take 50 million lives worldwide, Boston’s 1918 flu outbreak started with military personnel returning home to overcrowded barracks from the Great War. The city health commissioner William Creighton Woodward had seen flu outbreaks before, but not like…

Growing up in Karachi, in a village without electricity or running water, Matt Reeve saw how deprivation shapes people’s health choices. He’s carried that perspective into his role as a technical advisor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, where he teaches that there…

Ahead of the fourth Lancet–Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Health Summit later this month in Beijing, a Lancet editorial offers reason to be hopeful. But persistent health inequities threaten China's progress toward the UN SDGs and Healthy China 2030's goals.

Globally, mental health support services are woefully lacking or non-existent, making every nation in the world “developing” on that front, write a surprising duo—WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Lady Gaga—in a Guardian editorial marking World Mental…

Breast cancer is less common in black women, yet they are 40% more likely to die from the disease than white women. New research suggests one possible reason: black women are less likely  to complete 10-year endocrine therapies that can halve the risk of recurrence.

With scant resources and a tight timeframe—just over a decade—to reach 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, a “nexus approach” could unlock solutions to multiple challenges simultaneously.

Two activists have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts “to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict,” the Nobel committee announced today. Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad shares the prize with Congolese gynecologist…

Kicking off a new series on the role of cities in health, Majid Ezzati and colleagues issue a call for cities to overcome inertia and put health inequalities at the center of planning.

Amid fierce aftershocks, rescue teams are racing against the clock to find survivors buried in the rubble after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Friday off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Over 840 people are confirmed dead, with the death toll expected to…

Growing masses of garbage are straining waste disposal systems worldwide and pose quite different problems for low- and high-income countries.   As China ceases accepting plastic and cardboard for recycling, the US is scrambling to dispose of poor-quality items. In…