health & medicine
Researchers at Virginia Tech University have created a high-tech computer model that will allow them to model that effects of a pandemic outbreak on the American population. It's a new tool that can help scientists and doctors plan a counter-attack on the disease.
In a new report from the BBC, critics are alleging that the government in Uzbekistan is possibly running a secret program to forcibly sterilize women as a means of population control. Doctors are said to be given monthly quotas and sterilization sometimes occurs without the woman's knowledge. Uzbekistan denies any program exists.
Farmers often use low doses of antibiotics on their large farms to keep disease at bay. But critics say that's leading to drug resistant bugs that are killing people. A new court ruling will require the FDA to stop the use of two specific antibiotics, but activists are targeting the whole range of antibiotics used in animals.
More autism diagnoses have been reported in recent years -- though experts believe that's because of greater diagnosis and awareness, not an increase in the actual rate in society. New information has come forward pointing to more information about where autism comes from.
The debate on the effectiveness of prescription drugs for soldiers is heating up in the wake of the killing of 17 Afghan civilians, allegedly by Robert Bales whose attorney has asked for a list of medications Bales' took at the time of the shootings. There's an ongoing debate over whether drugs are more helpful or harmful for the armed forces.
In Swaziland, the strained relationship between religious leaders and public health officials is improving, if slightly. The two groups are trying to work together more as the country battles an HIV infection rate among adults that may be as high as 25 percent.
In a report released Thursday, the Center for Disease Control estimated 1 in 88 children in the United States has received a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder. The report has renewed the debate over the causes and diagnostic criteria for autism.
Genetic tests allow doctors to diagnose disease and patients to glimpse their medical future, but the knowledge of what's in your DNA doesn't always help. One English man discovered that the tests didn't change his life -- and in fact left him with a tough question.
Germans have had a form of national healthcare for about 100 years. Conservative and liberals, employees and employers all embrace the national system as one that leads to a healthier, more productive workforce. So, when it comes to understanding the U.S. debate, they're left scratching their heads.
Experts worry a broad Supreme Court ruling on Medicaid expansion could rewrite limits of federal power
As the Supreme Court takes up the last day of arguments over the Affordable Care Act, supporters of the bill are pointing to what they say are dire consequences of a decision to strike down the federal expansion of Medicaid. They say such an expansion could put an end to programs like unemployment benefits, the Clean Air Act or the Civil Rights Act.