Researchers have observed a “whoppingly strong” correlation between suicide rates and elevation. US counties above 4,000 feet have twice the suicide rate as those at 2,000 feet. The highest rates occur above 9,000 feet. A lack of oxygen can cause hypoxia, which disrupts…

Viruses are to blame for most of the severe childhood pneumonia cases in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet by a global consortium of scientists—highlighting the need for vaccines against these pathogens.  

Once fodder for science fiction, the food pill is fast becoming a reality. Could it be a solution to the obesity epidemic?   The brainchild of serial inventor Dan McGuire, The Food Pill Diet—patent pending—is based on the idea that if food is tasteless, the body won’t crave…

Another study adds to evidence of a link between strong anticholinergic drugs and greater dementia risk, CNN reports. Anticholinergics are often prescribed to fight anxiety, depression and pain, or purchased over the counter to tackle allergies or sleep problems.

In the last 2 decades, more than 30 countries moved from low-income to middle-income status, a billion people were lifted out of poverty, and there were major reductions in maternal and child mortality globally. Despite this progress, middle-income countries, where over 70…

Global Health NOW is celebrating its first 5 years with a High Five Photo Party. And you’re invited!

As India faces its worst water crisis ever, at least 550 people were arrested after protestors took to the streets this week wielding empty water containers, CNN reported.

Yemen’s relentless war has killed nearly 100,000 people, according to a retrospective report that folds in data from 2015—the year that a Saudi-led coalition entered the conflict, ReliefWeb reported.

When an outbreak hits, how do we immediately get a Ministry of Health representative, an animal health specialist, a communications expert and a laboratory sample transporter on the same page?  The answer isn’t flashy or particularly exciting, but it is crucial: program…

HIV researcher and medical professor emeritus Charles Van der Horst, 67, died Friday in the next-to-last-leg of a 120-mile swimming marathon in New York.   The activist and professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina was seen going under at 3 pm Friday, the Fort…