Though small in number, criminal cases for alleged HIV transmission through breast milk are rising. And, while cases have also been brought in the US and Canada, most of the cases—9 of 13 documented—were in sub-Saharan Africa.   While women living with HIV in most low- and…

CDC director Rochelle Walensky has been pilloried by critics who say she’s out of touch with the public’s needs during the pandemic and is responsible for confusing guidance and 

New Zealand’s new plan to end smoking aims to keep tobacco out of reach for young people—for most of their lives. Under a first-of-its-kind law that the government announced Thursday and plans to pass next year, the minimum age to buy cigarettes for those 14 and younger…

 A couple long years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be easy to think of it as a once-in-a-generation event. Instead, the pandemic should be viewed as “a warning shot” in the face of mounting biological threats  that countries still aren’t prepared to meet, according to…

Black Americans shoulder a disproportionate part of the nation’s $140 billion medical debt: 28% of Black households have medical debt, compared with 17% of white households.

When ProPublica investigated an outbreak of a multidrug-resistant salmonella called infantis that has sickened tens of thousands of people in the US, it deployed the usual “bread and butter” interviews and public records requests. It also rolled out a novel tool: genomic…

“A village vanishes daily in Romania!” declares Catalin Cirstoiu, head of the Bucharest University Emergency Hospital, AP reports.    In recent weeks, Romania has reported the world’s highest per-capita COVID-19 death rate, The New York Times reports.  

In a North Korean hospital, 10 patients with COVID-19 symptoms were sent to an unheated ward typically used to treat tuberculosis, Radio Free Asia reports; they later died amid freezing temperatures.   The hospital, in Chongjin, then falsified the cause of their deaths—…

Things aren’t going quite as promised at the CDC under Rochelle Walensky, who pledged to fix the embattled agency.   It was an ambitious goal for the stunningly successful researcher and political outsider.   She’s made some blatant missteps (including asserting that…

The US State Department returned assessments of global reproductive rights to its annual human rights report, reversing the Trump administration’s removal of the section, according to the Washington Post via Stars and Stripes.