More of us are labelled as sick with the constantly changing diagnostic cut-offs for diseases. Now an international expert panel has drafted a list of things to consider before setting new thresholds.
The person who takes office on July 1 2017 will have significant impact on the organisation, and on all of global health.
Female genital mutilation is largely hidden in Australia and other high-income countries. But the United Nations says it is a global concern – and our research found it does affect girls here.
South Africa lacks a clear definition of disability – and its limited view of who should be regarded as having a disability in the labour market is at odds with international practice.
Research has yet to reveal why and how obesity rates have surged around the world in the past few decades.
The World Health Organisation no longer sees Zika as a health emergency. But what does this downgrade mean for the health of mothers and babies?
The current scheduling of cannabis is not only out of step with the available evidence but is restricting its potential use as a medicine.
A bit of prosciutto as part of a well-balanced diet is not going to do you much harm.
Why US$790m is not enough to win the war against antibiotic resistance.
The clinical committee reviewing obstetrics services for the federal government's Medicare review said suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in Australia. Is that true?
A new finding may shed light on how sleeping sickness has avoided elimination and could help finally beat the deadly disease.
We can't keep blaming the MMR-autism scare – there are other forces at play.
Zika had already reached 46,000 probable cases by the end of May 2016 and is transmitted by the same mosquito species as dengue and Chikungunya.
Most of the country's 1,717 primary healthcare centres have no running water or electricity and the hospitals are ill-equipped and under-staffed.
Most people are aware of the benefits of breastmilk, but few are aware of the risks.
New initiative with old handsets halves rates of the disease in southern Tanzania – and is being applied to other conditions, too.
Diabetes has become a massive global problem and requires a dedicated effort in both the developed and the developing world.
With limited laboratory capacity and a lack of experts and funding, an outbreak of the Zika virus in Africa could be problematic.
Overnight, World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan declared the outbreak of Zika virus a public health emergency. So what does this mean?
Zika is quite different to Ebola – and experts would do well to wait before making recommendations this time.