Veterans are dying from cancer traced to a southeast Asian parasite endemic to Vietnam’s rivers. The symptoms take decades to appear.The US Department of Veterans Affairs research found 20% of 50 blood samples tested positive or bordering positive for liver fluke antibodies…

Mongolia is stepping up to tackle chronic hepatitis, the culprit behind the country’s unparalleled toll of liver cancer.   With 400,000 cases of chronic hepatitis, Mongolia tops the list globally for the disease, a scourge the WHO traces to a hepatitis spike brought on by…

In Nepal, an estimated 56,000 people are burned seriously each year—yet only about 1,000 receive proper treatment. Through the lens of Rojita Adhikari, the photographer who accompanied journalist Joanne Silberner to cover burns in Nepal—the Untold Global Health Story of…

Firefighters are in grave danger—and not just in burning buildings.   A 5-part series in The Columbus Dispatch revealed that 100 of 1,500 firefighters in that city have cancer. In Concord, North Carolina, 3 in 10 new firefighters had cancer within 2 years of working.  

For decades, Central America’s male agricultural workers have felt the brunt of a mysterious kidney failure epidemic.   To tackle the severe kidney failure of uncertain etiology (known as CKDnT), at-risk countries must sharpen surveillance of all chronic kidney disease (CKD…

Intricate mythologies defamed cornbread during a 20th century pellagra outbreak down South that took 100,000 lives.   Southerners blamed the epidemic on bad corn cooking and the absence of previously enslaved cooks. Poor Southerners were eating up to 12 pounds of cornmeal…

Per the CDC, Lyme disease infects around 300,000 people a year. Its vector, the deer tick—though hosts include rabbits, birds, and other wildlife—lives in an area that’s more than doubled in the last 2 decades.  

In Africa, even the most treatable cancers can be a death sentence. The disease takes 450,000 lives annually.   Working with the American Cancer Society, pharma giants Pfizer and Cipla agreed to slash the cost of cancer medications in Africa, where the WHO says the death…

With diabetes and other chronic diseases skyrocketing in sub-Saharan Africa, countries there may soon face the double whammy of battling infectious and noncommunicable diseases at once, says the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Commission in a recent report.

Global and within-country inequality has caused cervical cancer to disproportionately affect women in low- and middle-income settings, and recent estimates say it’s the 2nd most common cancer affecting these women. To test prevention programs in remote locations like Lower…