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Stories about Health

10 January 2016

A Live Surgery Draws Attention to Black Lung Disease in China

A black lung patient prepared a coffin for himself after ten years of languishing with the disease before receiving a lung transplant watched online by millions.

5 January 2016

Inspired by Ancient Traditions, Women in Latin America Embrace Natural Gynecology

Women are incorporating ancient teachings of self-care into their modern-day lives. The idea isn't to abandon medical professionals, but rather be aware of all the options available.

Venezuela's Constitutionally Protected Healthcare Not Reaching Indigenous Warao Community

In spite of having organizations devoted to their wellbeing, indigenous communities in Venezuela are faced with several very serious disadvantages.

Starving to Death: Images from Madaya, Syria, You Don't Want to See

Harrowing photographs of residents of Madaya, Syria, are making the rounds online, drawing attention to the plight of its 40,000 residents who are facing starvation and a slow death.

29 December 2015

Activists Seek to Dispel Abortion Stigma Fueled by the Macedonian Government's Policies

"Because it's about me, the decision whether to abort or not must remain my and only my right."

26 December 2015

‘Nobody Knows Their Story': A Bhutanese-American Psychologist Gives Her Refugee People a Voice

Luna Acharya Mulder has a rare window on the refugee psyche. Growing up, she went back and forth between two vastly different worlds--New York and refugee camps in Nepal.

Even Santa Can't Escape Toxic Smog in China

During Christmas toxic smog spread from the northern provinces to central China.

23 December 2015

25 Years After Officially Closing, Kyrgyzstan's Biggest Dump Is Still Rancid and Expanding

Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?

20 December 2015

In Kenya, So Much Depends on the Orange Flesh Sweet Potato

Women in Kenya often don't go for prenatal visits, but now there's one way to get them to the clinic: sweet potatoes they grow for their families and to sell.

14 December 2015

Chhaupadi, the Dwindling Nepalese Tradition That Turns Women Into Outcasts During Their Periods

Even though it's banned, the practice still exists in remote hill villages. Women are forced to sleep outside in huts, exposed to the elements, without warm clothes or blankets.

12 December 2015

How Culturally Sensitive Mental Healthcare Helped One Somali-American Teenager Stay Resilient

She survived hunger and homelessness. Then she had to figure out her identity.

2 December 2015

Beijing's ‘Airpocalypse’ Hits Record Levels as Toxic Smog Chokes City

"Major skyscrapers and landmarks disappear overnight. I cannot for the life of me see what color the traffic lights at the opposite end of the road are."

27 November 2015

The Big Laughs of Mexico's ISIS Threat

Far from showing fear, Mexicans have flooded the Internet with sarcastic jokes and dark comedy about the apparent threat from ISIS.

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the celebrations...is the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

24 November 2015

As Toxic Mud Ravages Brazil's ‘Sweet River’, People's Trust in Government Sours

"I feel an enormous sadness, a profound anger and unspeakable shame to live in a such negligent and irresponsible country."

19 November 2015

Rastafari Rootzfest Celebrates Jamaica's Emancipation of Marijuana

The Rastafari Rootzfest -- Jamaica's first ever "educational ganja festival" -- is paving the way for the island to make its mark on the emerging global marijuana industry.

12 November 2015

Airpocalypse Strikes Again in China's Northeast

Hazardous smoke shrouds the city of Shenyang, where air quality has set a new record low, testing 130 times above levels considered safe by the World Health Organization.

8 November 2015

Impact Lesvos is on a Mission to Help Refugees Arriving in Greece

Four young women are planning to make their way to Lesvos, Greece, to help refugees as they land in Europe. Find out why and how you can help.

7 November 2015

It May Be Legal Now, But Many Chinese Say They Can't Afford a Second Child Anyway

China announced at the end of October that it was scrapping its infamous one-child policy. Many Chinese netizens didn't exactly greet the news with cheers.

28 October 2015

Demonstrators in Peru March 180 Miles to Protest Lead Poisoning in Children

The mining wealth of Cerro de Pasco in Peru has poisoned children with lead, and several dozen people decided to stage a 300-kilometer march in protest.

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