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Periods are the next frontier of humanitarian response

Five simple changes in water and sanitation can help manage menstruation in crises, says Nicole Klaesener-Metzner.

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Malaria breath test goes for field trials

The trials will see if the test can identify the distinctive chemicals people exhale even early on in infections.

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The cave hospitals of Syria’s front line

Medics are using underground clinics and surgery guided by satellite link to save lives, says Zaher Sahloul.

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Medical charity responds to mental toll of conflict

Médicins Sans Frontières is evolving its approach to psychological care for people exposed to violence.

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Abstinence programmes unlikely to cut HIV rate

There is no evidence that encouraging celibacy or faithfulness reduces risky sexual behaviour, finds paper.

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Shared toilets increase diarrhoea risk for children

Even sharing with just one or two other households poses a significant threat to the under-fives, warns study.

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Abortion rates highest in nations that ban practice

Rates are higher in these developing nations than in developed nations that allow the procedures, finds study.

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Advance of birth control may boost female smoking

Change could reduce the need to avoid cigarettes because of fears over foetal health, says study on African tribe.

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Software diagnoses lung diseases over the phone

The SpiroCall system analyses the sound of a person breathing to identify and monitor conditions.

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Tobacco firms pushed AIDS agenda to protect profits

Cigarette companies backed AIDS campaigns to weaken tobacco control efforts in poorer nations, reveals paper.

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Indigenous people miss out on vital services

They face an unequal struggle to access healthcare and education in both rich and poor nations, finds paper.

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Lack of US cash for neglected disease R&D raises fears

A drop in routine funding by the world’s major research donor leaves us vulnerable to epidemics, warns report.

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Widespread ingestion of packaging chemical revealed

People in poorer nations are as exposed to potentially harmful bisphenol A as those in richer ones, review finds.

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World’s poorest face large ongoing health bills

Patients will still be paying for much of their care in 2040 as state spending falls behind demand, study warns.

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