Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone
Sophie Cousins investigates the challenges women face in accessing abortion and contraception in two very different countries – India and the USA.
This week’s podcast: Do you need to go to parent school?
Is there a ‘right’ way to bring up your child, and could parent school be the answer?
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening
Teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. How?
Skin lightening: the dangerous obsession that’s worth billions
Millions of people across the world want to make their skin lighter – but the treatments they use can be dangerous. Mary-Rose Abraham meets beauticians, dermatologists and their clients to walk the line between aesthetic choice and racial prejudice.
The sex workers who are stopping HIV
Sex workers in Mozambique are providing health support to those at the margins of society. They face political and financial challenges, but against the odds they are helping thousands. Jules Montague reports.
How a community joined the hunt for an HIV vaccine
In the fight against HIV, outreach programmes don’t just provide health support. In Durban in South Africa, local women are getting involved in innovative research.
How to get to a world without suicide
Simon Usborne meets the people working to stop suicide for good.
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.
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.
This is what happens after you die
Exploring how the breakdown of our bodies after death gives birth to new life.