Patients with aggressive skin cancer have been treated successfully using a drug based on the herpes virus, in a trial that could pave the way for a new generation of cancer treatments. Among more than 400 patients, 1 in 4 responded to the ‘virotherapy’ treatment, and 16%…

Cuba has a promising therapeutic lung cancer vaccine, and American researchers hope the softening of the 55-year US-led trade embargo will help advance its potential.

Innovative treatments for hepatitis C and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis as well as a variety of cancers made the newly published 18th WHO Model List of Essential Medicines and the 4th WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children.

4,000 women in the US die of cervical cancer every year, despite the fact it is highly preventable with proper screening. But the form and frequency of screenings has stirred debate. To avoid unnecessary screenings, no women should receive annual Pap tests, regardless of…

In a small study that examined the health effects of swapping a healthy diet for junk food meals, the damage and benefits were clear after only 2 weeks. 

The risk of heart attack is significantly higher among divorced women—including those who took a second husband, according to new research that turns conventional wisdom on its head. “Remarriage after divorce may not confer the same health benefits for women as for men,” a…

To highlight the latest thinking in helping people with autism around the world, we turned to Andy Shih, PhD, senior vice president for scientific affairs and head of the Global Autism Public Health program of Autism Speaks, a US autism advocacy organization. Shih shared…

Being fit can reduce your risk of dying from a painful death, according to new study in JAMA Oncology. The Numbers: Middle-agers with a high level of cardiovascular fitness reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 44% and lung cancer by 55%. Among those diagnosed with…

GHN doesn’t usually do celebrity news, but The Atlantic’s take on Angelina Jolie’s recent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes deserves attention. Jolie made the radical decision—that put her into forced menopause at age of 39—to reduce her risk of cancer,…

Venezuelan doctors are increasingly resorting to mastectomies for cancer patients instead of radiotherapy because of the country's economic problems. The recent crash in global oil prices, which account for 95% of Venezuela's exports, is creating a hard-currency shortage…