Diabetes cases among the 60% of Guatemalans who belong to the indigenous population “may be of epidemic proportion,” according to a new study that found rates almost double a 2003 estimate.

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The shift to a sedentary, urbanized lifestyle that favors processed foods over a traditional diet is building health risks among indigenous communities.

Some species sidestep cancer almost entirely while others are highly prone to it, a disparity that has scientists looking to learn from certain animals’ built-in defense mechanisms—or lack thereof—to better address cancer in humans. Take elephants: One might assume their…

South Indian women diagnosed with cancer fear more than death—they worry about their reputation.   Shame, amplified for cancers involving the reproductive system, can stop them from getting tested and treated, discovered medical anthropologist and Wilson Center Public…

Gazan cancer patients who once travelled frequently to Israel for medical treatment are now waiting months for applications to be approved, if they’re greenlit at allleaving many breast cancer patients with scant options in Gaza’s public hospitals, which…

Disease data reporting has come a long way since 16th century London’s weekly Bills of Mortality. Now we have the WHO’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, providing a common vocabulary to record and report causes of disease and…

Machines that can find volatile organic compounds in human breath—gas-chromatography mass-spectrometers—have been around for awhile. But analyzing them is arduous and error-prone; reams of data on complex compounds must be analyzed by hand. To expedite the process,…

It’s projected that in some European countries, over 1 in 3 adults will be obese by 2025—and the risk factors begin mounting before birth.

Tens of thousands of women with the most common form of breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy post-surgery, according to much-anticipated research published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine.