Despite the now-boundless reach of his famous TV programs, more people than ever are out of touch with the natural world, the iconic naturalist David Attenborough warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, BBC reported.

Is disease eradication—“the mother of all global health efforts”—worth the effort? A recent Duke Global Health Institute panel explored the question. Only 1 human disease has been eradicated: smallpox. Nevertheless, eradication continues to present a compelling vision to…

Among the WHO’s top concerns is the unknown pathogen that will cause the next big epidemic: Disease X. As impossible as it may sound, there are ways to prepare for Disease X, according to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness, based in Norway.

Police and security forces should be viewed as allies—not intruders—in public health, argues a Lancet special series on Security and Health that went live yesterday.

Bill and Melinda Gates spread the good news—and some caution—about global health in a conference call yesterday, Factsa And News reported. “The poorest parts of the world not only became less poor, they also became much, much healthier,” Melinda Gates said.

As the global population looks set to reach 10 billion by 2050, the EAT-Lancet Commission has drawn up a “planetary health diet” with an ambitious 2-fold mission: helping the world eat healthier and averting environmental catastrophe, the Guardian reported.

While there are clearly troubling chasms in science policy approaches, it may be unwise to call them a “war on science,” write John C. Besley, of Michigan State University, and colleagues. Framing an issue as a conflict or a game—like the climate change “fight”—can stall…

The WHO has embarked on its new 5-year strategic plan, with an ambitious triple billion target: Ensuring 1 billion more people benefit from universal health coverage, 1 billion more are protected from health emergencies and 1 billion improve their overall health.   Here’s a…

Great mentors are made, not born—but what makes them successful?

The “anti-scientific positions and xenophobic views” touted by Italy’s populist government drove the country’s health czar to resign last month, Deutsche Welle reported.