They hoped that the drug would stop Alzheimer’s before it started—but “crushing” results have shown that 2 experimental drugs failed to slow cognitive decline.  The study, led by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, involved healthy subjects with a rare…

Researchers have published the first genomic study of schizophrenia in an African population, helping create a fuller picture of the disease’s impact. The the study found several gene-damaging mutations are more common in people with the condition.   The findings match up…

Conflict has overwhelmed Yemen’s public health and social welfare services—and its 4.5 million people with disabilities suffer disproportionately, Amnesty International concludes in a report marking today’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.   Many with limited…

By 2100, Nigeria’s population is expected to reach 794 million. In a startling keynote address at yesterday’s Triangle Global Health Conference in Durham, North Carolina, Dennis Carroll invited the audience to ponder six megatrends for the future of global health. 

This year’s World Population Day headlines have a single theme: massive population growth in Africa.     By 2100, new UN figures show that 4 of today’s 10 most populous nations will be replaced by African countries.

In the last 2 decades, more than 30 countries moved from low-income to middle-income status, a billion people were lifted out of poverty, and there were major reductions in maternal and child mortality globally. Despite this progress, middle-income countries, where over 70…

An international accord overseeing safety in Bangladesh’s garment industry may cede control to the government pending a Supreme Court ruling next week.   The accord was installed after the catastrophic 2013 Rana Plaza collapse that killed over 1,100 people. Under its watch…

In sub-Saharan Africa, housing classified as “improved” by UN standards—better water and sanitation, sufficient living area and durable construction—doubled from 11% in 2000 to 23% in 2015, per a new study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Africa’s population is among the fastest-growing and fastest-urbanizing in the world. More than half of the globe’s population growth from 2015-2050 is set to take place on the continent. And by 2050, city-dwellers will make up almost 60% of its population. How will global…

Strengthening African public health institutions could make all the difference in the response to the next disease outbreak.   “Waiting for emergency help from the West costs lives, health and resources,” said John N. Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease…