The process of becoming a doctor typically takes four or more years for students to complete. But now some universities are looking into shortening the process by one year -- in part to minimize the burden of student debt.
Ethiopia has struggled with a shortage of qualified doctors for years. In an effort to resolve that, it's vastly increased the sizes of existing classes and opened 13 new schools. But critics say Ethiopia is training a generation of woefully unqualified doctors.
Thousands of women die of cervical cancer each year in the developing world. In large part, it's because they don't have access to tests like the Pap smear. But a new test, one that merely involves conventional vinegar, is changing everything.
A group of American doctors says pediatricians should counsel girls younger than 17 about emergency contraceptives, regardless of whether they're presently sexually active, and give them a pre-written prescription for the pills.
France is wild about Nutella, the hazelnut-flavored chocolate sauce that's perfect at any meal. But to make it requires palm oil, and French legislators have an eye on palm oil with a new tax. It's just the latest in the fat tax movement by governments around the world.
China's diet is evolving as the country becomes more economically powerful, and that's suddenly put the country's food safety system under a great deal of strain. Thousands have been sickened, and the Chinese people want answers and, more importantly, solutions.
There's not previously been a legal abortion clinic on the Irish island. But this week, a new clinic opened in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While it won't provide surgical abortions, women who meet strict criteria can go there and get the abortion pill. The whole episode marks a change in Irish culture, but has still ignited protests.
When the earthquake struck Haiti, doctors, nurses and medical specialists rushed to Haiti, in an effort to help. But what some of them, and some outside analysts have found is that instead of helping, some may have made the situation worse and many, perhaps even most, were totally unprepared for what they had to do.
Intestinal parasites are a major problem for India's school children. They make them lethargic, they contribute to missing classes and generally lower their quality of life. Now, a new initiative is seeking to deworm students around the world, to improve their economic and educational prospects.
South Korea has some of the highest suicide rates in the country — and yet people still won't talk about how to get help. But the Seoul government is trying to combat the problem, by changing the atmosphere and environment on one bridge that has proven to be a regular spot of suicide attempts.