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…

Noncommunicable diseases cause about 2 out of 3 deaths globally, and are estimated to become the most common cause of death in Africa by 2030. Rwanda aims to change that with an ambitious goal of reducing by 80% premature deaths caused by NCDs or injuries in people under 40…

Eating disorders affect 30 million Americans—and are the most deadly of psychiatric illnesses—but they’re often stigmatized as “mind over matter.”

Breast cancer is 1 of the most common—and deadly—cancers in sub-Saharan Africa: Fewer than 1/2 of women diagnosed are alive after 5 years, compared with 90% in the US.