Too often, global research projects take place in the Global South—but the Northern funders rely on junior local staff to translate the language and social codes. It’s a delicate process that puts them in a difficult position with their kinfolk—yet many are afraid that…

Amnesty International called on the UN to investigate the deaths of thousands in the Philippines under President Duterte’s “war on drugs,” saying in a report released today the killings of mostly poor people amount to crimes against humanity.  

A case of Ebola has been confirmed near the South Sudan/Democratic Republic of the Congo border after a 40-year-old woman exposed to the virus defied warnings not to travel, AP reports.   This is the closest the DRC’s outbreak has come to South Sudan. The outbreak has…

There are only 3 psychiatrists and 5 WHO-recognized mental health centers in Somalia where 1 in 3 people has some form of mental illness.    Decades of war and a staggering 80% unemployment rate exacerbate the crisis. Men are particularly vulnerable and often denied…

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to allow medical professionals to access facilities detaining children near the border with Mexico, amid reports that the children are being held in deplorable conditions, Newsweek reports.

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…