Sitting in a large auditorium, my eyes scanned across the 300 or so highly respected cardiothoracic surgeons who came from all over Japan. Many were dozing or fast asleep. All but 5 or 6 of the surgeons were men. The gender imbalance shocked me. It shouldn’t have.

The diary of ex-obstetrician Adam Kay tops UK bestseller lists for its brutal-but-funny account of his traumatic years working for the NHS.   The universal health system—Britain’s largest employer—provides free care to a population of 65 million. But the NHS is in turmoil…

As patients move from facility to facility within the US health care system, key medical records are frequently lost in the shuffle. These information gaps come at an untold cost to patients, hospitals, and the economy, writes Stanford University's Ilana Yurkiewicz. For…

In 3 decades, China has transitioned from a poor farming country the world’s second largest economy. But China’s “cradle-to-grave system of socialized medicine” is cracking under the weight of 1 billion+ people. China has just 1 general practitioner for every 6,666 people;…

In 1975, the WHO lauded the lifesaving importance of blood transfusion services. But issues of safety, supply, access and use protocols still plague BTS in sub-Saharan Africa where anemic children and maternal emergencies comprise most BTS needs, writes Imperial College…

HOUSTON – It’s a sad axiom of preparedness: Disasters are great teachers.  Example: After Tropical Storm Allison swamped the city of Houston with nearly 3 feet of rain in 2001, hospitals in the city lost power because electrical equipment and backup generators were in…

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “Modicare,” a plan promising free health insurance for half a billion of India's poorest citizens yesterday. The scheme will cover the bottom 40% of India's population at a cost to the government of $1.6 billion per year. The…

Sweat poured down Fenol’s body as he writhed in pain on a stretcher in a southern Haiti emergency room. Two days earlier, a motorcycle crash caused massive trauma to his abdomen. His internal injuries had precipitated multi-organ failure and shock, and he had lost precious…

A pathbreaker in global health and a former CDC director, Bill Foege has some startling advice for young people interested in global health: Don’t have a life plan. “Life plans are an illusion,” he writes in his new book, “The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor.”…

The European Patent Office ruled yesterday to uphold US pharma giant Gilead Sciences’ patent related to sofosbuvir, the key hepatitis C drug. The decision left Médecins Sans Frontières “gravely disappointed,” according to a statement.