People around the world are living longer than they did a few decades ago, but they aren't necessarily healthier. Tobacco and alcohol-related problems are on the rise, as are diabetes, obesity and depression.
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.
Today a Chinese state-run newspaper appeared to confirm that dead prisoners supplied almost two-thirds of the human organs used in transplants in China. The World's Mary Kay Magistad has the story from Beijing.
Officials in the earthquake-hit city of Padang, Indonesia, have called off the search for survivors in the rubble of buildings five days after the disaster. Reporter Ann Dornfeld visited a village near Padang.
The search for survivors after the devastating earthquake in Haiti continues but rescuers have little lifting equipment and are often using their bare hands. We get an update from the BBC's Andy Gallagher, who is in Port-au-Prince.
In this special podcast, The World takes you to Sudan with former President Jimmy Carter. Carter is working in Southern Sudan to eradicate a horrific disease known as Guinea worm. We bring you David Baron's report, and an extended interview with Carter
Russians have been increasingly ravaged by disease and death. There's so much vodka, life expectancy for men has fallen to just 60 years old ? about the same as in Myanmar and Haiti. The World's Laura Lynch explores the country's troubles with alcohol.