Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi became one of the first Saudi women to go public about her breast cancer, and has been trying to reduce the stigma across the Arab world.
Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York provides care for nearly 2 million patients a year, and delivers medical care in more than 150 different languages. The international diversity of patients there makes the hospital a medical melting pot.
When Boston hospitals found themselves facing the horrific aftermath of the bombings on marathon day, they were well-prepared: Thanks in part to lessons shared by emergency medical personnel in Israel. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
Many Syrians are now disabled, their limbs torn off or their spines paralyzed by rocket attacks. The BBC's Caroline Hawley went to northern Jordan to meet some of the injured Syrians who have made the journey across the border for treatment.
A six year-old girl in a Kabul refugee camp who was going to be sold in marriage to pay off a debt to cover the cost of her mother's hospital care. But "an anonymous donor working through an American lawyer had paid the debt."
The government of Venezuela says ailing president Hugo Chavez has returned to his country from Cuba. Anchor Katy Clark speaks with blogger Francisco Toro sabout what the return could mean for Venezuela.
Hunting with falcons is a passion for many in the United Arab Emirates. Falcons are prized animals there, and can cost tens of thousands of dollars -- which is why there's a state-of-the-art facility to help care for them.
e look back on the life and death of Lia Lee, the daughter of Hmong refugees immortalized in the best-selling book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down." Host Marco Werman talks with author Anne Fadiman.
The World's Laura Lynch reports on Britain's National Health Service, which is often dragged into the US debate over health care reform. Critics in the United States call the system inefficient, but many Britons defend the NHS.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Liz MacKean about a possible settlement in a class action lawsuit against multinational company Trafigura. The company is accused of illegally dumping toxic waste in the West African nation of Ivory Coast.
Most women should start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40, according to new U.S. guidelines. International guidelines also start at age 50. Jeb Sharp talks with David Dershaw at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. From PRI's The World.
Touch screens may be fun to use, but making them is another story. In at least one Chinese factory that produces them, workers were exposed to a toxic solvent that was used without proper safety equipment. Host Jeb Sharp speaks with Kathleen McLaughlin.
A new scientific study suggests smelly socks could help in the fight against malaria. The odors could be used to attract mosquitoes into traps. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the lead author of the study, Dr. Renate Smallegange in the Netherlands.
Erin Curtiss is an American midwife who volunteered in Haiti. She wanted to help tackle the country's high mortality rate among pregnant women, but she discovered that solving the problem will require more than just midwives. Jenny Asarnow reports.
In Asia, rice is king, and white rice is the norm. But with rates of diabetes soaring, public health advocates want locals to switch to healthier brown rice. Reporter Joanne Silberner discovers it's nearly impossible.
Cervical cancer is far more common in the developing world than in the US. One reason: women in the US receive routine screening that catches it in its earliest stages. A low-cost test being rolled out in India could save tens of thousands of lives.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for early death around the world. Yet in developing nations, the condition often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Reporter Joanne Silberner traveled to Cambodia to find out why.
Modern cancer care involves more than the latest surgical techniques and drugs; it also offers freedom from pain. Yet basic palliative care is almost nonexistent for many patients in developing countries. What is being done to bring them pain relief?
Stem cells are often touted as potential treatments for conditions like spinal cord injury, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. Two Indian doctors are already putting stem cells to use, curing some cases of blindness.