The impact of the China Initiative, a 3-year-old US government effort to curb China’s influence on academic research, is much discussed on campuses. Now 2 surveys quantify its toll on Chinese academics and point to troubling implications for US-based research.   The …

When the CDC launched an ambitious plan in 2019 to reduce HIV infections by 90% by 2030, a technological advance at the centerpiece raised red flags.  

For Big Tobacco, COVID-19—for which smoking is a known risk factor— has been leveraged as a global opportunity to “gain influence, meddle in life-saving health policies and secure preferential treatment,” leaving no region immune from industry sway, according to a new…

Boys and young men made up 61% of global deaths among people ages 10 to 24 in 2019, according to a new Lancet report that suggests young males are being left behind in global efforts to address mortality.   Among males between 10 and 14 years old across all regions, most…

Vaccinated people can pass the Delta variant to their vaccinated housemates, though at lower rates than to unvaccinated people, according to a new Lancet study from Imperial College London, Reuters reports. 

The NIH has pledged $74.5 million over 5 years to advance data science, innovation, and new health discoveries across Africa.   Under the Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program, the agency will issue 19 awards to support…

Tracking the coronavirus’s movements across sub-Saharan Africa has been difficult because of limited reporting and testing capacity. A new Lancet Global Health study, however, adds valuable insights, showing that in Ethiopia, the virus was spreading fast at the end of 2020…

Politics and science collided again yesterday in the ongoing search for the pandemic’s origins as the US NIH castigated a research organization for failing to update the agency on findings from experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  

It’s the breathing, not just the coughing.   Up to 90% of tuberculosis bacteria from an infected person may be carried in aerosols released when they exhale deeply, according to a study by University of Cape Town researchers presented yesterday at the 52nd Union World…

A “testicle bath” for male contraception took home top honors at the Germany’s James Dyson Awards.   Hormone-free and reversible, the ultrasound device uses “deep heat” to temporarily stop sperm in their tracks, preventing them from fertilizing a female egg.   The…