Like the essential medicines list which sets out the drugs each country should have at affordable prices, an essential diagnostics list would detail diagnostic tests for those who need them.
Targeted interventions can help reduce levels of violence against women.
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Women already face high levels of violence in Haiti. But natural disasters can provide a good opportunity to intervene.
Should a future parent consider the impact more people will have on the Earth?
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A philosopher of 'procreation ethics' at the center of a controversy over having kids explains why we can't ignore the population question in an era of climate change.
Health studies in Pennsylvania show links between some health problems and local fracking activity.
Three studies find higher rate of health issues for people who live near large or many fracked natural gas well sites.
One person’s ethics is another person’s self-indulgence.
A moral philosopher considers whether you should vote out of fear.
Some adults and many children report a fear of needles.
As more vaccines have been developed, the challenge of delivering them with minimal pain and number of visits to the doctor has increased. Needle-free vaccinations might help.
Des végétaux séchés, ingrédients de base de la pharmacopée chinoise.
La science médicale chinoise a près de 2 000 ans d’histoire. Elle vient d’être récompensée par un Nobel de médecine à travers la figure fascinante de la chercheuse Youyou Tu.
Never before has a Nobel gone to an expert in traditional Chinese medicine.
The first Chinese Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for work based on traditional Chinese medicine. Will traditional medical knowledge now share the spotlight with evidence-based medicine?
The aim of the sole sustainable development goal on health is to improve health and well-being.
Despite the criticism, the sustainable development goal for health presents an opportunity to approach health holistically.
Un nettoyeur passe devant une affiche promotionnelle lors d'une réunion de la Banque africaine de développement à Shanghai.
Pourquoi les Chinois investissent-ils en Afrique? Par volonté néo-colonialiste ? Pour surexploiter les ressources ? Une étude montre que la stratégie chinoise est plus complexe que cela.
Where do you live?
Understanding genetics isn't enough to solve our health problems – we need to look at where people live, too.
A cleaner walks past a promotional poster at an Africa Development bank meeting in Shanghai. Western perceptions of China’s investments in Africa are off the mark.
Contrary to Western views, China is in Africa for business. Between 1998 and 2012, about 2000 Chinese firms invested in 49 countries on the African continent.
History shows how scientists and the public tried to understand hereditary cancer risk well before we had the technology to discover mutations and test for genetic disorders.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Super Bowl XLIX.
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As Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vows to fight his four-game suspension by the NFL, a scholar examines "deflategate" in the context of sports history and safety.
From January, conscientious objectors to vaccine will lose up to $15,000 of childcare and family tax rebates.
Australia is unique in using parental financial incentives for immunisation.
Pennsylvania has added thousands of new gas wells over the past decade.
Study of Pennsylvania, which has had a surge in unconventional drilling with fracking, suggests a link between fracking and higher levels of radon.
Can Twitter fill in the gaps for social research?
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Understanding public opinion can help officials target messages during a health crisis. But current survey methods aren't good at generating representative samples. Can Twitter fill in the gaps?
More doctors, more antibiotics?
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When retail health clinics move into new areas, antibiotic prescription rates go up.
People know that antibiotics won’t help viruses. So why ask doctors for antibiotics?
Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health. Resistance makes it harder for physicians to treat infections and can increase the chance patients will die from an infection. What is more, the…
Will stricter controls on painkillers curb abuse and addiction?
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Americans consume a staggering amount of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone - about 99% of the world’s supply. In October, after 10 years of debate the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reclassified medications…