Researchers want to make a global disease forecasting system that would be as easy as checking the weather.  

“While there’s no one-size-fits all approach to solving health emergencies, we do know this: accurate, easily available data is key,” says Jonathan Quick, MD, MPH, managing director of he Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Response, Preparedness, and Prevention Initiative.

For tragic reasons, it’s been a banner year for the end-of-life industry, especially innovators like the UK startup Untangle.   The company’s app offers a rare one-stop shop for all things end-of-life, including wills and grief counseling—filling a gap in an industry that’s…

The UK vaulted over the US today in the race to immunize citizens against COVID-19 after it became the first Western country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine under emergency authorization.

The AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine has up to 90% efficacy against SARS-CoV-2—and would be easier to distribute than other promising candidates, according to interim results from a Phase 3 vaccine trial.  

The antiviral remdesivir should not be used as a treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, the WHO now says, citing a lack of evidence that it improves survival or reduces the need for ventilators, 

One of the first conditions to be screened for in utero and one of the least severe, Down syndrome is regarded as the “canary in the coal mine” for selective reproduction.   In Denmark, where universal Down syndrome screening is available, nearly all families get the test…

A startling statistic: “If the health sector globally were a country, it would be the fifth [largest] emitter of greenhouse gases,” says Susan Wilburn of Care Without Harm.  

One of the biggest challenges of distributing a COVID-19 vaccine: cold storage—and one of the most promising vaccine candidates yet has particularly high maintenance requirements.   Pfizer’s vaccine must be kept “colder than winter in Antarctica”: -70 degrees C to be exact…

Sometimes trials are stopped early because the news is good—and this is one of those times.