The compromised immune systems of HIV-positive patients can make them more susceptible to diseases that normally affect the elderly. Case-in-point: age-related macular degeneration. More than 1,800 HIV patients—ranging in age from 13 to 73—were studied between 1998 and…

New data about female genital mutilation is being amassed in the UK to provide better evidence for potential prosecutions of those who carry out the illegal act. The numbers: 578 girls—60 of whom were under 18—were treated for FGM in England in March according to the…

The number of breast cancers that American women will suffer is predicted to rise 50% in the next 15 years, according to researchers from the US National Cancer Institute.

The "SYPHILIS EXPLOSION" ads in San Francisco’s BART stations and Los Angeles billboards reflect a growing number of infections among gay men in US metro areas in the last 15 years, reports CityLab. After the rate of infections plummeted by 90% in the US between 1990 and…

Senior citizens, who were once revered and idolized in Indian society, face neglect from family and government—a malaise that has been found to infect all social strata and all regions of the country. The Numbers: 1 in 5 elderly people (defined as 60+) encounters physical…

20 years ago in Beijing, 189 countries signed on to a plan for securing gender equality for women. Was the “Platform for Action” successful for women around the world? Not so much. More than 170 countries retain laws and policies that restrict the rights and protections…

When I read about the Urban Death Project in yesterday’s GHN issue, I thought, this sounds familiar. Islam’s burial traditions have underscored natural decomposition for centuries.   Religious practice calls for a thorough wash of the body, or “ghusl,” at least 3…