By Katie Gilbert When researchers in Manu Prakash’s lab at Stanford University conceive of tools they could invent to address the world’s public health problems, the very first thing they do is draw a cost-versus-performance curve on a white board. The graph helps…

Stand down, public healthers, on your worries about the modern scourge of “selfie lice.” While transmitting lice during a selfie is technically possible, a person would have to be head-to-head with a pal for longer than a few seconds, as lice—which cannot fly or jump—have…

Medical students are missing out on a necessary education in global health—a field that MD candidate Pooja Yerramilli believes that all physicians work in, whether they intended to or not.   Globalization has led to an ever-shrinking world where diseases transcend national…

Hospital admissions because of bike injuries more than doubled between 1998 and 2013, according to a study in JAMA that evaluated trends in adult cycling injuries in the US using emergency department data. The rise was biggest with men, and bikers age 45 and over.

Join the PLOS Science Wednesday Ask Me Anything (AMA) today, September 2, for a Q&A with researchers on a PLOS NTDs study that found river blindness programs improve health outcomes.

The fact that robotic cars operate with extreme caution and sensitivity in very complicated driving environments “is absolutely great news for cyclists,” writes bike-riding reporter Joseph Stromberg. He’s referring to the fact that Google’s self-driving cars, while not…

Celebrated neurologist Oliver Sacks died yesterday of cancer, at age 82—a loss for the world that prompted an outpouring of affection and inspiring tributes from his many friends and admirers.

Say you’re a 12-year-old Taiwanese kid. Your parents drag you to an art museum. You’re a bit clumsy. There’s a painting called Flowers on the wall; it’s 350 years old. Then imagine the worst thing that could happen. Then imagine that horrible moment is preserved for the…

Polio eradication just got more complicated. Yesterday, a PLOS Pathogens article reported that for 28 years stool samples from a UK man who received the oral polio vaccine as a child contained live polio virus. Normally the virus replicates and is excreted for just several…

The path to eradication and elimination is never smooth. Take guinea worm. The International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication was established to oversee that the eradication process meets WHO's legal obligations. This entails a review of the…