While the pandemic pulled attention from the opioid crisis, more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US last year, according to provisional data released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics.   That’s a 30% increase over 2019—more than double…

The WHO has endorsed a duo of rheumatoid arthritis drugs for treating COVID-19 after they showed promising results in reducing the risk of death and the need for mechanical ventilation.  

The pandemic has indisputably backpedaled progress against America’s addiction crisis. In Massachusetts, Black men are being hit particularly hard.  

Dozens of countries achieved or exceeded ambitious 2020 UN targets to control HIV—but services are still out of reach for many of the world’s most vulnerable, confirms a new UNAIDS report marking tomorrow's 40-year anniversary since the first HIV/AIDS cases were discovered…

More than a year into a disastrous pandemic response, Brazil’s Senate began a damning probe yesterday into President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic.  

Novavax, a small US drug maker, is relatively unknown. But their first-ever vaccine—for COVID-19—proved as effective as big-name competitors in a UK trial. The company is preparing to file for authorization in the US and India. South Korea is already aiming for local…

Unlike much of the world, life had already returned to a relative normal by the time COVID-19 vaccines arrived in China. When Wei Wei, a product planning manager for flu vaccines at Sanofi Pasteur China, returned to Shanghai from the US in May 2020, he was immediately put…

The American opioid crisis may be sidelined by COVID-19, but its death toll is higher than ever.  

In New Zealand, people tend to share a rare sentiment in the COVID-19 era: A deep sense of pride in the country’s response, according to Robert Borotkanics, DrPH, MS, MPH, a senior research fellow at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. New Zealanders showed…

In West Virginia—a hotspot of the US opioid crisis—the Quick Response Team was born of a ‘day of reckoning’ in the city of Huntington, WV: On August 15, 2016, 28 people overdosed in 4 hours.