The global population is aging, and this year’s Global AgeWatch Index, reveals a growing inequality between top- and bottom-ranked countries. It also points to the need for more data, as the index was forced to exclude 98 countries for lack of data. Afghanistan comes at…

“Across Latin America, poor neighborhoods crammed with shacks built using bricks, scrap metal and wood, and often perched precariously on hillsides, are a common feature of the urban landscape,” writes Anastasia Moloney, describing the living conditions for some 113 million…

One of the latest Coursera MOOC courses is "Confronting Gender-based Violence: Global Lessons with Case Studies from India." The course, a project of Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education in collaboration with academic partners and global health agencies…

Ah, the irony. James Hamblin, a senior editor for The Atlantic who has been dubbed the young doctor (he’s an MD), decides to don a special exoskeleton suit that simulates the effects of aging—think cataracts, aphasia and arthritis—designed by the inventor Bran Ferren.

By Myra Betron Culture is often used as an excuse to ignore gender inequalities, including its most extreme manifestation: violence against women, which has severe public health impacts. Too often, being ‘culturally appropriate’ is confused with not intervening in…

Globally, lower back pain ranks among the top 10 causes of disability in every country, measured in Years Lived with Disability (YLDs)—and it is no trivial matter, especially for people in developing countries.

One unsafe burial can infect dozens with Ebola—making the safe burial guidelines put out by Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Centre key to stamping out the vestiges of the outbreak. However, more people of wealth and influence—including lawmakers—living in the capital…

Broken urban arteries can harm public health, a phenomenon demonstrated when officials cut off High Bridge spanning the Harlem River and connecting Manhattan to the Bronx. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, coined…

The male-dominant landscape of labs has molecular biologist Sarah Clatterbuck Soper speaking out in a much-commented-upon New York Times op-ed. The real “trouble with girls” isn’t that they are too emotional or get distracted from their careers by family—as some men have…

Half a dozen experts with informed opinions about overpopulation speak out in the aftermath of a recent Retro Report examining Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 doomsday predictions for our overcrowded planet. Among them: A statistics professor who argues that Ehrlich was right, but…