Police operate a checkpoint at the border crossing near Kasindi in eastern Congo on Wednesday. Photograph: Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP

The Ugandan government has called on its citizens to report anyone displaying Ebola symptoms, as the second largest outbreak of the disease in recorde(...)

 Saffiatu Sillah, whose circumcision caused her  agonising pain during the births of her children, Mijan  and Jaria, at home in Philadelphia. Photograph: Maddie McGarvey/ The New York Times

She called it her “deepest, darkest secret”, one she had never even shared with her husband. When Saffiatu Sillah was growing up in the West African n(...)

Health workers dressed in Ebola protective suits place a coffin containing the body of an Ebola patient to a truck at an Ebola treatment centre in the DRC. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

More than 2,000 people have been infected with Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the health ministry has said, and aid agencies exp(...)

Kathleen Alexandra Kennedy and Robert F Kennedy Jr in 2016 in New York City. Photograph: Donna Ward/Getty Images

A brother, sister and niece of Robert F Kennedy Jr have chastised him for campaigning against vaccines, saying he has been disseminating “dangerous mi(...)

MyDawa, which launched in March 2007, now has over 80,000 registered users. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

MyDawa, a Kenyan technology company founded and led by Cork businessman Neil O’Leary, has raised $3 million (€2.7 million) in investment to bring tota(...)

A file photograph of a measles vaccination being administered. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The number of measles cases in Ireland has increased more than three-fold, according to a United Nations (UN) report that warns millions of children w(...)

Mom is right when she says to eat your peas. In one of the largest surveys of data on global dietary habits and longevity, researchers found that con(...)

A TB patient in Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir. According to the World Health Organisation, there were more than 10m  new cases of TB diagnosed around the world in 2017. Photograph: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images

Last month Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau travelled to Iquilat, the capital of the territory Nunavut, to say sorry. He was there to offer nort(...)

Superbugs: there is a  need for guidelines on antibiotic prescribing to be simplified so that they can be applied more easily in everyday practice. Photograph: iStock

Imagine I told you of a new disease that was on track to become a bigger killer than cancer by 2050. You would be alarmed, I imagine, and want to know(...)

How many studies do you have to throw at the vaccine hysterics before they quit? How much of a scientific consensus, how many unimpeachable experts an(...)

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