An average person will spend more than 20 years of their lives sleeping. Why?

Anyone who has ever watched professional acrobats in a circus, jugglers on the street, ice skaters, pianists or cello players surely must have been surprised with the extent to which people can develop various abilities by…

An accidental collaboration of two unlikely researchers in an unexpected place led to one of the most radical changes in medical thinking and practice in history. It resulted in the disappearance of stomach ulcers and a spectacular Nobel prize for Medicine.

The City of Perth on the west coast of…

There was a time when yellow fever was one of the most feared human diseases in the whole western world. Unfortunately, it is still around and we won’t eradicate it anytime soon. Here is why.

As they study their visa requirements, travellers to some of the less developed parts of…

In our interconnected world, if we want to be safe, we need to protect those most vulnerable among us.

The family of economist Amartya Sen befriended the great literary Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. It was precisely Tagore who gave the newborn Sen the name Amartya, which means “immortal” in Bengali…

Diarrhoea is considered by many to be a somewhat humorous disease. However, it is by no means a mere awkward, laughing matter in poor countries, especially if it affects children.

Many visitors who find themselves in the poorer countries of the world will notice within a few days that their…

I could tell you a story that features an exotic location, a plane crash, an isolated cannibalistic tribe, gold-diggers, a bizarre disease, experiments on chimpanzees, tribal wars, the transmission of brain proteins like infectious agents, allegations of child abuse, mad cows, imprisonment of the main character, his exile within the…

Igor Rudan

Director of the Centre for Global Health and the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of Edinburgh, UK; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Health

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