At the start of the UN General Assembly this week in New York, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stepped into an “air pollution pod” and visibly struggled to breathe.   This is often our first thought of…

Fecal microbiota transplants have been kicking C.diff infections for decades. In 2013, they were granted a murky “investigational” classification from the FDA.  But when an FMT recipient died in June after contracting drug-resistant bacteria, the FDA deployed a safety alert…

The discovery of mental illness clusters within families has sparked genetic research—but the data has a diversity problem.   78% of current DNA data comes from people of European ancestries, who thus stand to benefit most from related treatment advances, write Anne…

From 2008-2018, a third of clinical trials that produced new cancer drugs failed to report the race of participants.A new study also found that even among trials that did, participation numbers were not representative of the general cancer patient population: just 6%…

The CDC is rejigging its public data portal in response to reporting that revealed just how unreliable its estimates for nonfatal gunshot injuries are.   What makes the data so unreliable? A statistical model vulnerable to sudden sample shifts.   Without a dedicated…

Recently, an African researcher I met expressed her frustration about how American “kids” with little or no experience come all the time to “advise” her government on what to do about health. I have seen this myself, but her rant really hit a nerve. For the want of a…

Scientists buffeted by climate change denial and vaccine resistance, take heart: Americans' confidence in scientists is rising, a new Pew Research Center survey shows.

Horseshoe crabs’ prized blue blood is ubiquitous in medical safety tests that detect contamination in IV drugs and medical implants. Their copper-rich blood clots around potentially dangerous molecules in bacteria, which scientists leveraged to save patients from toxic…

As tick-borne diseases rise sharply in the US, lawmakers have ordered the Pentagon to investigate whether the Department of Defense experimented with using insects as bioweapons from 1950-1975.   Some 30,000 cases of tick-borne Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year…

The right mix of gut microbes could help the recovery of malnourished children—who often fail to thrive even after therapy, suggest 2 new studies published in Science.