What ails and heals the planet’s 7 billion people.
Ebola is back in Liberia
A teenager has died in Liberia in the first such death since the country was declared free of the virus in September, an official said Tuesday.
The new front line in the fight against HIV: 'Sugar daddies'
The sugar daddy phenomenon is a transactional relationship in which a young woman has sex with an older, wealthier man in exchange for gifts or money.
Colombia to legalize medical marijuana
It's another big blow to the US strategy to fight the drug trade in Latin America.
India is learning what happens when you treat sanitation workers like garbage
No wonder they're refusing to pick up the trash.
Why the UN meat report is a double-whopper of bad news for South Americans
Have you ever tried to come between South Americans and their meat? Pro tip: Don't.
No, processed meats aren’t suddenly as bad as cigarettes. Listen to the experts
The UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) warned Monday that processed meats like sausages and ham cause bowel cancer, and red meat 'probably' does too.
Sausages, ham cause cancer, red meat 'probably' too
Sausages, ham and other processed meats cause bowel cancer, and red meat "probably" does too, a UN agency warned Monday, in a potentially heavy blow for the fast-growing livestock industry.
Hurricane Patricia spares Mexican cities, roars through remote villages
The storm carved through small rural villages, ripping corrugated metal roofing off modest brick homes and uprooting trees.
For me, ayahuasca was as good as therapy. Here's what the science says
Even war veterans are now turning to the psychedelic jungle medicine to treat deep trauma.
Women urged to wait until 45 for breast cancer screenings
In a controversial shift, a leading US medical association on Tuesday urged women to wait until the age of 45 before getting an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer.
Fidgeting while you work might be good for you
Go ahead, do that super annoying thing your colleagues hate.
In these four countries, the TPP’s rules on generic drugs could kill people
The secretive mega-trade deal would bar some of the poorest citizens in Peru, Mexico, Malaysia and Vietnam from accessing life-saving medicines.
India's Hindus won't eat cows, but they might just drink their pee
Cow urine and dung are big business in India, where some practitioners of traditional medicine claim it can cure cancer.
8 million new toilets later, India isn't much cleaner
The government set itself an ambitious target to give every Indian access to a toilet by 2019. Is it all just money down the U-bend?
At UNGA, preventing the next outbreak by supporting right to health
The GroundTruth Project reports from the United Nations General Assembly in New York as part of its "Next Outbreak" series.
Two crazy statistics show Rio’s gross water problem isn't going away
Brazil's barely skimming the surface of trash and feces-filled sites of the next Summer Olympic Games.
Saudi Arabia's MERS burden spills over to Jordan
After 8 months with no reported cases, MERS returns to Jordan in the capital of Amman.
Cancer-sniffing dogs to aid British doctors in trials
A dog's remarkable sense of smell can detect minute odors known to be associated with many cancers.
'Microbes' are making life hell in Ivory Coast's biggest city
Child criminals are committing serious crimes. The interior minister says they're traumatized, but not everyone's sympathetic.
At a mass pilgrimage in India, a new effort to track disease in real time
Global health fellow Ankur Paliwal reports on a Harvard-led project to improve disease surveillance at this year’s Kumbh Mela.
11-year-old rape victim gives birth in Paraguay
Doctors say the delivery went smoothly, but activists say that's no reason to give up the fight for legal abortion in Paraguay.
Tampon tax is real. Women everywhere pay their governments extra to have periods
How exactly do women pay to have periods? And which countries make them do it? Read on, sisters.
Viral rap makes us feel good about South India cleanup. What happens when we look away?
Unilever has a history of stalling in Kodaikanal.
With new UN development goals, focus shifts away from infectious disease
Global health experts caution that progress could be lost after the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals.
In Nigeria, hoping a mosquito bite doesn't mean malaria
Malaria is increasingly resistant to the top treatments, as Caelainn Hogan reports in Lagos.
These are the best places to be a breastfeeding mother
Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Affection returns to Sierra Leone as Ebola ebbs
Amy Maxmen reports on efforts to rebuild the public health care system now that the infectious disease has subsided.
There's feces-covered cilantro in your guacamole because of labor abuses in Mexico
The FDA ban isn't just a contamination alert. It's a rare window into the labor that brings produce from the farm to our tables.
Some public hospitals win, others lose with Obamacare
US-USA-HOSPITAL-MEDICAID-INSIGHT:Some public hospitals win, others lose with Obamacare
A world first: Teen in remission from HIV 12 years after stopping meds
The announcement has renewed hopes for the prospect of early treatment to control the virus that causes AIDS.
Nicaraguans are going organic, but some farmers are very skeptical
'What we used to buy at the market, we now produce ourselves.'