According to China’s official count, new COVID-19 cases are falling fast—but the reason could be shifting ways to count cases, infectious disease specialists suspect. And they’re losing confidence in the numbers, writes Helen Branswell in STAT.

Through efforts like Family Planning 2020, contraception has become a focal point of global health initiatives.     But uptake is uneven across age groups. A new JAMA study found that the prevalence of unmet need for family planning was 50.8% among adolescents (ages 15-19…

It is looking like COVID-19 spreads much easier than SARS, will be harder to contain, and cause greater harm, the Los Angeles Times reports

Big data is taking center stage at the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm this week.   Attendees will seek ways to reduce road fatalities and injuries—now the top killer of 5-29-year-olds—by half by 2030, WHO reported.  

With 760 million people in China under residential lockdown, scientific experiments in China are pretty much at a standstill, leaving researchers wondering how they can continue their work without compromising safety,Science reports.   

Both men and women unconsciously think of science as “male,” and that implicit bias plays a role in who gets promoted to elite positions in science, Vox reports

In South Africa, access to rehabilitative care for traumatic brain injuries is lacking, particularly for rural populations. And for those who can get them, 1-hour monthly sessions often don’t cut it.     So Madwaleni Hospital outside Cape Town is trying out immersive, week-…

Chinese officials have expressed hope the novel coronavirus outbreak could be peaking, citing a fall in new cases in the last couple of days, the AP reports. But Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan cautioned that much work remains.

They hoped that the drug would stop Alzheimer’s before it started—but “crushing” results have shown that 2 experimental drugs failed to slow cognitive decline.  The study, led by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, involved healthy subjects with a rare…

If two people addicted to opioids help each other acquire drugs, and one of them dies of an overdose from those drugs—should the other be charged for murder? Yes, say a growing number of US prosecutors. These “overdose homicide” charges can also be a comfort to families…