Among all maternal morbidities, obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating, write reproductive health experts in a Lancet commentary. The researchers call for more reliable data on its prevalence to boost prevention efforts in low-income countries. Caused by injury…

A month after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, its shattered health system is struggling to cope with a lack of food and safe water and growing disease outbreaks in affected communities. Reports of acute diarrhea in children and respiratory illnesses are on the rise, and health…

With lung, bowel and breast cancer rates surging in China, “cancer hotels” have sprouted up in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. They’re part of an ad hoc response to what medical experts say is a growing health crisis challenging an unprepared medical system.

By Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks A rendering of Redemption Pediatric Hospital. Image Courtesy of MASS Design Group.  The aftermath of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in history provides an important opportunity to reflect on the response; but most importantly,…

The same camels that caused the alarming spread of MERS last year could also protect humans against the potentially deadly viral infection. Antibodies harvested from dromedary camels have successfully shielded lab mice from MERS infection in a series of experimental trials…

The number of veterans facing long waits for health care at VA facilities has not dropped at all since a year ago, government data shows. A closer look reveals deep geographic disparities. Nearly 894,000 appointments completed at VA medical facilities from Aug. 1 to Feb.…

Males are seriously under-represented in the US health care system. The trend starts early: Young men’s visits to docs are startlingly rare. The numbers: Women are 3 times more likely than men to see a doctor on a regular basis. More than half of all men have not seen a…

“The next epidemic," as philanthropist Bill Gates wrote recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, will likely be an airborne agent, far more infectious than Ebola—and the world is utterly unprepared, writes Michael Gerson in an op-ed. To get to preparedness, he…

Pakistan’s Ulema Mashaikh Council, a leading religious organization, issued a fatwa last week to endorse immunization drives—especially for polio—in the country. After polio immunization workers have been targeted and killed in Pakistan recently, the fatwa encouraged…

The UK's health care system is falling short in supporting the mental health needs of women before and after pregnancy, a Lancet editorial states. The piece, which calls for systematic research on perinatal mental health care, highlights new qualitative research from the…