Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening
In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Why won’t other countries follow suit?
How does the time taken to develop vaccines compare to the speed and frequency of disease outbreaks? An interactive data visualisation brought to you by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Mosaic. Made by Beyond Words Studio.
This week’s podcast: Why are we still waiting for the male pill?
Despite decades of promising research, the many men who want their own contraceptive pill still have nothing.
How has the world's health changed in your lifetime?
Put yourself at the centre of the story in our Global Health Check interactive infographic.
How much does it hurt?
Aching, throbbing, searing, excruciating – pain is difficult to describe and impossible to see. So how can doctors tell how much it hurts? John Walsh finds out about new ways of assessing the agony.
Can love really conquer pain?
Experiments on newly infatuated people show that passion could be a natural painkiller.
You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine
Jo Marchant asks if we can harness the mind to reduce side-effects and slash drug costs.
Why the calorie is broken
Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work.
Why being bilingual keeps your brain fit
Most people in the world speak more than one language, suggesting the human brain evolved to work in multiple tongues. If so, asks Gaia Vince, are those who speak only one language missing out?
Why do we have blood types?
More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for.
The man with the golden blood
Meet the donors, patients, doctors and scientists involved in the complex global network of rare – and very rare – blood.
This is what happens after you die
Exploring how the breakdown of our bodies after death gives birth to new life.