health & medicine
Some 19 percent of U.S. adults smoke, some of them when they're pregnant. Oregon is launching a new program that will offer financial incentives to women who smoke and quit while they're pregnant.
American hospitals don't have deep experience with injuries from explosions in urban areas. When the hospitals were faced with treating hundreds wounded by the Boston Marathon attacks, they could have been overwhelmed. But they weren't, in part because of lessons learned by Israel.
For several days, Paul Kevin Curtis was the prime suspect in the investigation into the mailing of letters contaminated with ricin poisoning to the president and Capitol Hill. But now, James Everett Dutschke has come under suspicion, though he too, pleads his innocence.
Scientists and public health officials are increasingly using digital surveillance tools to monitor diseases and plan how to react to outbreaks. The new technology has shortened by half the amount of time it takes for public health officials to determine that an outbreak has occurred.
A federal judge handed a victory to women's health advocates, saying that the federal government erred when it overruled a panel of scientists who recommended that Plan B One-Step be made available to women of all ages. He gave the government 30 days to change its policies.
Poverty is often associated with poor health, and that's still largely true. But, according to new research, some of those negative impacts can be countered when people live in an ethnically homogeneous neighborhood, even if it's largely poor.
It's been Sudanese tradition for generations to encourage women to weigh as much as possible when they marry. But, as the importance of health, and the impact of obesity on health, has become more apparent, and as global images of women have become more prevalent, that's all starting to change.
Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder is becoming more common among kids. Rates of diagnosis have shot up over the past decade. At the same time, though, experts say some classes of kids are still going undiagnosed, perhaps because of where they live, or their gender.
Cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, as a cardiac consultant at the Los Angeles Zoo, discovered that collaborations between veterinarians and medical doctors are beneficial to both professions. In her new book, she explores how health problems in animals might offer some solutions for humans.
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics is asking doctors to test and alert patients of genetic conditions regardless of their desire to know the information. But are doctors and patients equipped to explain and understand this kind of information?