When flu vaccine supplies are limited, Chicago should prioritize vaccinating groups at high risk for flu complications, regardless of age, say Virginia Tech researchers, based on their study of past influenza pandemics in the city.  

The maternal mortality ratio in 2 Lagos slums is nearly twice that of Lagos State as a whole, according to a new cross-sectional, community-based study by MSF.   Researchers surveyed close to 4,000 households in Makoko Riverine and Badia East. They found 1,050 maternal…

Africa’s indigenous populations face gross human rights violations, forced evictions and land dispossession, gendered violence, and other major challenges, according to a new report on indigenous peoples around the world. The continent’s estimated 50 million indigenous…

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.