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…

For the first time in history, the number of women’s deaths caused by cervical cancer may soon exceed those caused by childbirth, writes Gavi deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta. While the annual number of maternal deaths has been halved to 289,000 since 1990, cervical cancer deaths…

US President Barack Obama will meet today with the presidents of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to discuss progress on the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to a White House National Security Council announcement on Twitter.

Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has announced he is leaving to become the next president of the University of Miami. “Julio has energized the Harvard Chan School with his extraordinary devotion to how universities can enhance the health…

America’s largest ever global-health intervention costing hundreds of millions of dollars was a bust: 11 Ebola treatment centers set up by the US military treated only 28 Ebola patients. 9 of the centers have had no patients so far. After President Obama announced the…

Jonas Salk’s injectable polio vaccine turned 60 yesterday and has been enjoying a renewed popularity recently. The oral polio vaccine has been the workhorse in low- and middle-income countries because it’s cheaper (about 15 cents per dose while the injectable is a dollar…