The Ebola outbreak illustrates a hard truth, asserts Mel Spigelman, president and CEO of TB Alliance: The US must support more global health research and development in infectious diseases and other health threats. It's a position echoed in a new Global Health Technologies…

Whoa. Things look different! They are. The spiffy new look for the GHN email is our way of letting you know we’ve launched the new GHN website: globalhealthnow.org aims to be an essential website for the global health community and a key forum for sharing news and…

A mysterious “sleeping sickness” has hit the remote Kazakhstan village of Kalachi, sending residents into comas that last for days. Since 2013, about 150 residents have fallen into comas and suffered other symptoms like dizziness, nausea, headaches and memory loss.…

Dementia is a looming, global public health disaster, a “tidal wave,” the WHO warned at its 1st-ever ministerial conference on the topic. Action is needed now given the large and escalating human and financial costs of dementia, said Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director General.…

A continued “business as usual" approach to water will lead to a "collapse in our global socioeconomic system," Richard Connor, lead author of the UN’s World Water Development Report told Thomson Reuters Foundation. In just 15 years, the planet faces a 40% shortfall in…

Ebola exposed gaping holes in the world’s ability to respond to epidemics, and the next time—in the event of an airborne contagion, for example—could be even more disastrous, writes Bill Gates in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial.  Borrowing military language and…

In a response to Big Tobacco’s strategy to stall tobacco laws in the courts, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have poured $4 million into a fund to help low and middle income countries fight back. While tobacco companies have argued that…

When we launched Global Health NOW as a weekday e-newsletter a year ago, we sensed a need for a quick compendium of the day’s important stories in global health. It turned out to be a pretty good idea. Thousands of you have subscribed and recommended GHN to colleagues and…

The growing body of research on essential role of proper nutrition in maternal and newborn health must inform new global health policies, argues Klaus Kraemer, director of Sight and Life, in a Guardian op-ed. Outdated guidelines that have long recommended iron folic…

A public health department should be introduced in hospitals all over the world. Public health specialists could counsel people in the surrounding community (including patients and their caregivers) about preventive measures for maintaining good health. This effort would…