When it comes to health screenings and medical tests, knowledge isn’t necessarily power.

Exposure to high levels of DDT in the womb raises women’s risk of developing breast cancer by almost 4X, according to an analysis of 50 years of data published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Despite the significant burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD), the only hospital in Uganda with a dialysis unit has just 33 haemodialysis machines for a population of 36 million. CKD patients come from across the country for dialysis treatment; many have sold off…

Tricky to diagnose and treat, melanoma is reported in 160,000 people each year and causes 48,000 deaths. Yet, a Lancet editorial offers an optimistic take on progress against it. For a long time research didn’t keep up with clinical need: reported melanoma incidence in the…

By Lawrence N. Shulman, Julie Torode, and Claire M. Wagner WHO took an unprecedented step on May 8 by adding 16 new cancer medicines to its Model List of Essential Medicines, bringing the total number of oncologic therapies to 46. This is the largest addition to a single…

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.