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…

Diabetes costs an American women with diabetes $283,000 over her lifetime. Moreover, the condition is linked to a big erosion of earning power: about $21,000 annually. Comparatively, diabetic men in China earn 22 percent less than those without the diagnosis and their…

Healthier diets are key to reducing non-communicable diseases but the data on dietary patterns has been weak.  A new attempt to evaluate measures of dietary quality in 187 countries, by Fumiaki Imamura and colleagues and published in The Lancet Global Health, assessed 2…

By Adam Kushner, MD, MPH Millions of African women may have a breast mass that could lead to cancer but do not feel a need to seek care. Despite Ebola dominating the global health news, we must not forget other health conditions. October is National Breast Cancer…