Darlene Coker is shown with her thoracic surgeon David Sugarbaker

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her(...)

“Any world leaders who thought they could hit the snooze button have been given a final wake-up call.” Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Increasing coal, oil and gas use are pushing global carbon emissions to an all-time high, climate scientists have told the UN climate talks in Katowic(...)

The report also warns that people in the east Mediterranean face a threat ‘markedly higher than in Africa and southeast Asia’ Photograph: iStock

Rising temperatures as a result of climate change are already exposing populations to an unacceptably high health risk, with older people in parts of (...)

Ambai, who fled to a women’s shelter after her husband hit her with a tire iron and put a gun to her neck, in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Ben C Solomon/The New York Times

Claiming that the rice she had cooked for dinner was too hot, Ambai’s husband suddenly punched her in the temple and dragged her out of the house by h(...)

Amal Hussain (7), who suffers from severe acute malnutrition, lies in a bed at a mobile clinic run by Unicef in Aslam, Yemen. Photograph:  Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Chest heaving and eyes fluttering, the three-year-old boy lay silently on a hospital ward in the highland town of Hajjah, a bag of bones fighting for (...)

The elimination of rubella is a great day for public health in Australia and sends a powerful message that vaccinations work, the Australian health mi(...)

The front of a four-page wraparound advertisement by Philip Morris calling on people to quit smoking for 30 days on the front page of the ‘Daily Mirror’ in London. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

Marlboro cigarette-maker Philip Morris International was accused of “staggering hypocrisy” on Monday after using a four-page newspaper advertisement (...)

Among older adults ‘higher levels of circulating’ omega 3  from seafood ‘were associated with a lower risk of unhealthy ageing’, the sutdy found.

Higher blood levels of omega 3 fatty acids found in seafood are associated with a higher likelihood of healthy ageing among older people, according to(...)

Young teenagers in Ireland and the UK are among the worst in Europe for drunkenness, health experts say, although alcohol consumption in the age group(...)

A farmer harvesting coca leaves in the department of Cauca, Colombia. The UN report estimated that enough coca was grown to produce 1,379 tonnes  of cocaine – up 31 per cent on 2016. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/GettyImages)

Colombia is desperate to shed its reputation as a nation dogged by the drug trade, but new figures from the United Nations show that it continues to b(...)

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