Shortest life expectancy in world

The small, southern African kingdom of Swaziland is roughly the same size as Wales. It is blessed with a variety of landscapes, including mountains, savannah and rainforests – natural beauty that belies the significant economic and social problems the country faces, writes Lilian Anekwe

The world leader with a mission to heal the sick and banish HIV

Executive director of UNAids Michel Sidibé tells Rowenna Davis of his hope and fears for the future, and how HIV can be an opportunity

Why are so many going without life-saving HIV treatment?

Seven million people living with HIV – more than the population of Libya, Denmark or Costa Rica – are without treatment and most likely to be poor, black or migrants, writes Rowenna Davis

Default testing can save lives

Universal opt-out testing does not mean compulsory checks, as Rowenna Davis reports

A cancer coming in from the cold

It’s a disease that affects men and many are reluctant to seek diagnosis, but awareness of prostate cancer is rising along with survival rates, writes Liz Bestic

Keeping hearts healthy is the order of the day

Significant advances have been made in the treatment of heart disease, but now the focus is switching to its prevention, as Lilian Anekwe reports

If you smoke and eat too much – it’s time to stop

Preventing cardiovascular disease begins with healthy habits, as Azadeh Khalilizadeh discovers

Links between cardiovascular diseases and other conditions

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for diseases of the heart and circulatory system, but what doctors don’t often have the time to explain is how any existing conditions, lifestyle and genetic profile interact with the disease. Ellie Broughton makes the links, and summarises the mortality statistics and risk factors for the key diseases that lead to or arise from CVD