The “New Voices in Global Health (NVGH)” initiative offers a great opportunity for students to present scientific work and ideas at the World Health Summit 2015 in Berlin. Supported by the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies, it…

An experimental, $25 test can reveal every virus you have ever been exposed to—all within a single drop of your blood. The antibody-detecting test can reveal past exposure to just about the entire human “virome,” (all the viruses known to infect people)—more than 1,000…

In a major investigative piece published last week, USA Today scrutinized biolabs across the US and found “hundreds of lab mistakes, safety violations and near-miss incidents” that put scientists and sometimes the public at risk. The mishaps include missing vials of…

People in Louisiana are disproportionately likely to be felled by syphilis, while Midwesterners might want to watch out for lower respiratory infections. And Arizonans are slightly more likely to be shot to death.

Globally, 47.5 million people live with dementia, yet the condition is far less understood than cancer or cardiovascular disease, conditions that have traditionally captured significantly more research funding. Ramping up research worldwide is critical to slowing the…

What’s making the people of the Peruvian Amazon sick? Duke University researchers are seeking answers with a survey of 5,000 people that is testing for malaria, dengue, TB, diabetes and hypertension. A major concern: The recent surge in illegal gold mining that has ripped…

A new technology that will make it feasible to brew genetically modified yeast to create morphine is raising concerns that the process may be more useful to heroin producers than the pharmaceutical industry. In a commentary in the journal Nature, Kenneth A. Oye, professor…

Maladies afflicting the world’s poorest countries were largely ignored until 3 researchers in 2002 came up with the simple idea to "market" them collectively as "neglected tropical diseases." The result: a surge of funding in the last decade. All together, governments and…

As optimism that HIV could be cured grows, Britain's GlaxoSmithKline has announced plans to collaborate with US scientists—committing $20 million to a new HIV cure center with the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and establishing a new jointly owned company…

Polygamists were 4.6 times more likely to suffer coronary artery disease, according to a study presented at the 2015 Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress in Abu Dhabi. The Numbers: Of 687 married men referred for a coronary angiography at 5 hospitals in Saudi…