The 12-person town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, has supplied more than 42 million cans of beer in the last 10 years to residents of the alcohol-free Pine Ridge Reservation just across the South Dakota-Nebraska border. The arrangement, according to an investigative journalism…

Italy is ranked the healthiest nation in the world by the Bloomberg Global Health Index. Despite a sluggish economy with high debt and slow growth, Italy edged out 163 other developed countries for high life expectancy and a healthy population.   Italians—whose…

 

To solve Nigeria’s rampant TB problem, everyday Nigerians, health workers and government agencies must harness their shared devotion to community, writes Deen L. Garba of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Health Policy Center.   Garba describes how…

Jamaican health administrators say that foreign recruiters are luring away their most skilled nurses.   The Nurses Association of Jamaica reports that about 200 of the country's 1,000 specialized nurses left last year. James Moss-Solomon, chair of the University Hospital of…

Large families signify status and success for northern Nigerian men. Consider bricklayer Mohammed Umar, who lacks formal education, struggles to feed and support 4 wives and 17 children in Kano city, where 80% of children are stunted.   According to a national health survey…

US life expectancy slipped last year, reversing a trend of steadily increasing advances over the past few decades.   The 78-year, 9-1/2 month average life expectancy for an American born 2015, reported by the CDC, is a month less than that of one born in 2014.  

Is the embrace of the concept of chabuduo, or “close enough,” to blame for frequent accidental deaths in China? British writer James Palmer seems to think so. He says the philosophy manifests itself in expired vaccines, workplace accidents, poor waste management practices…

Japan has the oldest population in the world, with close to 27% of inhabitants age 65 or older. This week, NPR reporter Ina Jaffe explores how an aging populace is affecting the country’s economy, health care system and culture.  Jaffe says a dip in birth rates is one…

To better inform local family planning programs and policies, Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) has released family planning data from 3 countries in Francophone Africa: Burkina Faso, Niger and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. The publications,…