As @thekrista says, “Public Health Valentine’s … We ruin everything!” But you know what really kills the mood? Infectious diseases, foodborne illness, and heart disease! Public health is actually quite the cupid, thanks very much. What could be more loving than these wise…

As Hong Kong braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, memories of the 2003 SARS outbreak are close at hand, NPR reports.   Some say Hong Kong hasn’t learned its lesson. While public transportation and schools are shut down, Hong Kong’s border with mainland China remains…

In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.  

Escalating violence has triggered an “unprecedented” mass exodus of Syrians, raising grave concerns about access to health care and the spread of diseases.   Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been forced to flee since the start of December which, coupled with violence,…

Professional athletes are known for overcoming mental limits to achieve incredible physical feats.  For some athletes, the “invisible tattoos” of childhood trauma may manifest as an all-important drive to succeed, writes William D. Parham, director of the Mental Health and…

Hundreds of schoolboys in Afghanistan have been abused by a pedophile ring in the country’s Logar Province. Some were killed by their families when videos of the abuse surfaced on Facebook. One student said a teacher built a private room he used to molest boys; another said…

Aid groups were caught off-guard by the violence that began in Syria in 2011 partly because prediction models had estimated a mere 0.05% chance of violence there. But predictions are improving thanks to better data, machine learning, and combining the strengths of different…

The toll of intimate partner violence on breastfeeding is rarely considered, much less researched.  

Students in Santa Fe, Texas and Parkland, Florida are struggling at school in the aftermath of devastating mass shootings last year. While the media frenzy has tapered off, applications for federal Project SERV grants—designed to help schools recover from violence—detail…

Hawaii’s gun death rate is only 2.5—far below the US’s 10.6 average. And it’s not because there aren’t guns there. Hawaii has robust hunting and gun collection cultures, but few guns are used in violent crime. This could be due to state laws correlated with lower gun death…