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,…

Dual forces of longer life expectancy and shifting demographics are increasing the need for policies that support informal caregiving of elders.

Mathuram Santosham, a self-described “champion of failure,” repeatedly turned challenges into successes in an astounding public health career that can be credited with saving millions of  lives. The physician-researcher-trailblazer-teacher stepped down this spring after a…

Access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS continues to grow, but not for some of those most at risk—including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

Life expectancy globally increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s, according to a new World Health Statistics report by WHO. The greatest gain was in the African Region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years…

A short history of China’s attitude to parents during its one-child policy is revealed in its slogans:   1985: “Family Planning Is Good, the Government Will Take Of You When You Are Old.” 1995: “Family Planning Is Good, the Government Provides Senior Care.”  2012: “…

The project is called “Underworlds.” Its aim: Track the micobiota of an entire city. Its goals: Analyze the city’s wastewater to anticipate outbreaks, map antibiotic resistance and monitor public health interventions.

In the past 5 years, Japan’s population has dropped by nearly one million people, according to government data, fueling concerns about a coming demographic crisis. The decline of 0.7% to 127.1 million had been predicted by the government, but thenew statistics confirm the…