Since human migrations began, germs have traveled with people, animals and traded goods. In an interconnected and mobile world, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS can spread rapidly. Yet international cooperation through agencies such as the World Health Organization also allows for a collective response to global health threats and faster response times. Nations have developed diverse health care systems, aiming for cost-effective treatment. Yet the diverse systems contribute to disparities in global health, including availability of technology, pharmaceutical companies targeting innovations to maximize profits, and providers abandoning areas of need for higher salaries in the West, just to name a few.

The Hidden Global Trade in Patient Medical Data

The goal to global trade in health data is new treatments, but government regulations do not keep pace
Adam Tanner
January 24, 2017

Despite Their Economic Strides, China and India Lag on Health Care

World’s two most populous nations must remedy gaps in health care to realize their full economic potential
Zeena Johar and Xue Ying Hwang
December 17, 2015

To Eradicate Measles, Destroy Myths on Harmful Effects of Vaccine

The World Health Organization may not reach its goal to eliminate measles by 2020
Paula Kavathas
February 17, 2015

To Contain Ebola Outbreaks, First Train Caregivers

The risks are high - Ebola diagnosis, treatment, care should be left to teams of well-trained providers
Manisha Juthani-Mehta
November 25, 2014

How to Fund the Ebola Fight

To combat Ebola, other infectious diseases, the US could impose $3 tax on international air travel
Paula Kavathas
September 18, 2014

Re-Imagining Kinship

Biological parenthood is valued over all other forms – childlessness should be de-stigmatized
Amrita Nandy
May 13, 2014

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Dementia Rates “Higher Near Busy Roads”

The association was stronger for urban residents
James Gallagher
January 17, 2017

Factory Farming Blamed for Massive Bird Flu Outbreak: Experts

Crowded conditions for poultry accelerate the spread of disease
Kim Da-sol
January 6, 2017

WHO Data Portal Shines Light on Global Health Coverage

Reliable, efficient health care systems can give national workforces a competitive edge
James Richards
December 16, 2016

Caesarean Births “Affecting Human Evolution”

Caesarean deliveries favor large heads in humans and increase need for the procedure
Helen Briggs
December 7, 2016

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