Poor conditions at US border facilities increase the risk of spreading infectious diseases like the flu, physicians warned this morning in a letter urging Congress to investigate the deaths of 6 children in US custody. Noting that flu played a role in at least 3 deaths,…

A year ago today, the WHO confirmed the first 4 Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s latest outbreak. Back then, hopes were high that a vaccine could squash the outbreak quickly. Experts now say it could drag on for months or years, NPR reports.

For the past 2 decades, Iceland has been tackling its teen drinking culture, not with threatening lectures or health warnings, but by giving youth something else to do and keeping a close eye on them. “Parent Patrols” roam the streets at night and local municipalities have…

The nightmare may be happening. 4 Ebola cases have now been confirmed in Goma, a city of 1 million people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Reuters reports.   The latest case is the wife of a man who died earlier this week. His daughter also tested positive.…

After decades of effort by the global health community and governments, more women are giving birth in health facilities than ever, and maternal and newborn mortality have declined since 1990.

China now has its own global health meeting—dubbed “China’s Davos”—in keeping with the country’s expanding global health reach, report Ilona Kickbusch and Gabriel Leung.    

US sanctions on Iran are hitting hard for terminally ill patients like Parsa, a 5-year-old in Tehran with liver cancer. The country’s economy is in free fall after a landmark deal to lift sanctions in exchange for rollbacks to Iran’s nuclear program collapsed. The US claims…

Paul Shuen was one of Toronto’s most lauded ob-gyns. But when nurses started noticing mysterious white pills inside his labor patients, they got suspicious. Without patients’ consent, Shuen had been putting women in “mortal danger” by inducing them with misoprostol, which…

The WHO’s 7th tobacco report was a mixed bag, praising progress in fighting smoking, but calling out countries lagging on implementing MPOWER tobacco control measures.

The World Health Assembly wants to see viral hepatitis eliminated as a public health threat by 2030. What exactly would that cost?