More than 200,000 people die every year in road traffic crashes in China, wrote WHO’s country representative Bernhard Schwartlander yesterday in China Daily. The astounding toll is more than 3X the latest estimates of 2012 road deaths cited by a transport ministry official…

Despite their disadvantaged socioeconomic status and lower access to healthcare, US Hispanics are healthier than whites, according to the CDC’s first comprehensive report on the ethnic group. US Hispanics suffer 35% less heart disease and 49% less cancer, have lower rates…

The vaccine of the future may have nothing to do with a syringe and needle. It might simply require the application of a nickel-sized patch covered with 100 vaccine-filled microneedles that dissolve into the body. In NPR’s take on the microneedle patch we reported last…

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,…