Here’s what the Sustainable Development Goals need: A Worm Index. There’s a “strong association” between helminth infections and reduced human development, argue Peter J. Hotez  and Jennifer R. Herricks at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Pakistan’s Burqa Avenger, an animated superhero focused on women’s empowerment, is taking her message to India. The show is entertaining to catch children’s attention, but tackles serious issues. The 20-something superhero-schoolteacher dons a magical burqa-like garment as…

Like many of you, I watched the news last night about the riots in Baltimore. Sickened and sad. The photos of burning buildings, battered police cars and looted stores weigh heavily on us all. We look for the coming days to bring peace. And once that’s accomplished, we…

Public health news can be tough; that’s why we look to the lighter side to lift our spirits now and then—and Marc Silver’s piece covering a session on the role of comedy in social change captures this sentiment perfectly.

Eliminating the threat of malaria would take an estimated $6 billion a year—double the current investment in malaria control.

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track, with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations, WHO warns. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (April 24–30), WHO is calling for integrating immunization with…

Verbal autopsy, where interviews with caregivers and witnesses are interpreted into causes of death, leaves gaps in data that an automated method could fill. An international study published in the Journal of Global Health compared physician-coded causes of death from 54,…

Compared to the lush microbiome of the isolated Yanomami tribe in the Amazon rain forest, the gut bacteria of Americans is downright skimpy. An analysis of DNA from members of the 11,000 year-old tribe by New York University microbiologist M. Gloria Dominguez-Bellow found…

Acknowledging and addressing hidden threats to sustainability is the theme of the WorldWatch Institute’s State of the World 2015, its annual flagship publication.

Ghana has launched its first-ever training program in emergency medicine and nursing—a project that emerged in response to the Accra Sports Stadium disaster of May 9, 2001. Some 15 emergency physicians trained in the program are already working in hospitals in the…