Daily exposure to contaminated water, poor sanitation and parasites is not keeping allergies and asthma at bay in Africa, defying the "hygiene hypothesis" that exposure breeds immune response, found researchers at Egypt’s Ain Shams University. The limited data available…

Some parents in Mauritania force feed their daughters, trying to fatten them up to appeal to Mauritanian men who find heavier girls and women more desirable. Girls around 8 years old can weigh 300 pounds after force feeding, leading them down a path toward diabetes,…

Treating women farmers of child-bearing age for hookworm in the Democratic Republic of Congo may significantly ease hardship, says a new study.

Allen County, Kansas, may be small—just 13,000 people—but the community’s big thinking on health and economic development attracted the attention of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The county’s initiatives to bring new businesses to the area doubled as health…

“Are you drinking yourself sick?” South Africans were asked. The answer: A resounding yes. On Sunday, April 1, South Africa will become the first country in Africa to implement an excise tax on sugary drinks in an attempt to stem the country’s growing obesity and diabetes…

Withholding information about potentially life threatening but preventable risks seems to directly contradict the Hippocratic oath to do no harm—but pushing unwanted information on people can also cause harm. How can we reconcile the right not to know and the right to…

CUGH, NPR’s Goats and Soda Blog, and Global Health NOW of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Global Health selected two winning entries from over 150 thought-provoking entries. It’s the fourth year of our annual competition, which seeks to identify and give a platform to…

NEW YORK – Tom Frieden is worried. Not about his new organization—Resolve to Save Lives—but his previous one: the CDC. After 8 years leading the top public health agency in the US, Frieden remains a fierce advocate for the CDC’s mission and its staff. President Trump’s…

India’s pharmaceutical industry is churning out drugs to treat the country’s 70 million diabetics. Many are questionable combination pills hitting the shelves without clinical trials.An analysis of India’s regulatory procedures found fixed-dose combination drugs (FDCs) are…

It’s no secret that for decades, Big Tobacco has made trillions of dollars selling a deadly habit by making it seem subversive and cool. While the industry has targeted both men and women, lately tobacco companies have made a concerted effort to attract female customers…