More than 100,000 Americans died from diabetes in 2021, marking the second consecutive year for that grim milestone and spurring a call for a federal mobilization similar to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The state of Georgia decided to join a proposed $26 billion nationwide settlement resolving lawsuits alleging that three large drug distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson fueled the deadly U.S. opioid epidemic.

Pfizer Inc. received a request for documents as part of a U.S. investigation related to quality issues involving the manufacture of auto-injectors at the company’s Meridian Medical Technologies site.

Maryland’s attorney general filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce a subpoena the state sent Insys Therapeutics Inc. as part of a probe into allegations the drugmaker deceptively marketed a fentanyl-based cancer pain medicine.

Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to the African country to heed its warnings and get vaccinated. At least 258 people have been killed and there have been around 1,975 suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease since an epidemic erupted […]

Zika virus – linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil – is spreading “explosively” and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Director-general Margaret Chan told members of WHO’s executive board in Geneva that the spread of the mosquito-borne […]

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least 41 million children under the age of five are obese or overweight across the globe, with numbers rising most rapidly in developing countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The number of obese or overweight children has risen by 10 million worldwide since 1990 and there […]

A new gene that makes bacteria highly resistant to a last-resort class of antibiotics has been found in people and pigs in China – including in samples of bacteria with epidemic potential, researchers said on Wednesday. The discovery was described as “alarming” by scientists, who called for urgent restrictions on the use of polymyxins – […]

Johnson & Johnson has begun a clinical trial of a two-shot Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone, underlining its determination to push ahead with development, even as the epidemic fades out in West Africa. The new study will investigate the experimental product’s safety and its ability to provoke an immune response to the disease, which the […]

Scientists still don’t know if two commonly-used flu drugs – Roche’s Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline’s Relenza – really work in seasonal or pandemic flu outbreaks and say robust clinical trials are urgently needed to find out. While such medicines are stockpiled by governments around the world and were widely used in the 2009/2010 H1N1 “swine flu” […]