From Andy Borowitz in the New Yorker: “MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports. The research, conducted by the…

PPG Industries, one of the largest paint manufacturers in the world, continues to add lead to the paint it sells abroad—mostly to poor countries—now with the blessing of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A recent SEC decision permits the company to ignore a…

More than 500 children die in traffic accidents each day, and tens of thousands more sustain serious injuries, according to a recent UN-sponsored “Global Road Safety Week” campaign. “That’s an alarming statistic, and it really puts road crashes as a leading cause of death…

Too often we think of water, food and nutrition as separate issues. We’ll link water and food production or food and nutrition, but rarely do researchers connect all 3. This doesn’t make sense, argues Lyla Mehta in a persuasive Guardian op-ed.

This year’s World Health Statistics, published today by WHO, yield mixed results on progress towards MDGs in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The Bad News: 13 countries with some of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates have made little…

A heartwarming image of Afghan schoolgirls captured 1st Place/Best of Show in the 10th Annual Photoshare Photo Contest. Sumon Yusuf, a photographer based in Bangladesh, submitted the award-winning photo, taken in Kabul.

Global health experts are calling for a novel R&D fund and mechanism to study diseases like Ebola, and anti-microbial resistance, which suffer from chronic under-investment by the pharmaceutical market.

A significant barrier to reducing the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water: prepaid water meters, IPS reports. The water meters, which require advance payment for water access, have been widely used in Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland and other…

The Lancet takes on global health security in a special issue that weighs its various definitions, its scope and reach, and R&D efforts, and surveys the impact of the Ebola crisis. Definining “global health security” may be elusive but it is critical, as editors…

The discovery that a veterinary medicine called ivermectin can prevent river blindness led to a massive campaign to eradicate the disease. But the drug can be deadly in people infected by another parasite, a worm called Loa loa. The traditional way to detect the worms—…