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…

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…