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.
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.
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.
New York City's ban on the sale of sugary drinks was struck down in court earlier this week, one day before the ban was supposed to take effect. And while some critics cheered, other critics say the ban wasn't broad enough to cover the range of potentially harmful sugary drinks.
Vultures, yes vultures, are increasingly important to the economy and health and safety of a poor, rural area of Bulgaria. The vulture of the Eastern Rhodope Nature Reserve not only dispose of local dead animals, preventing disease, but also are a powerful tourist draw.
Ireland has targeted drunken driving in recent years, tightening restrictions and beefing up penalties. But a group of pub operators say those tighter laws are cutting into their profits, and they're seeking help from local government to create a system that authorizes drunken driving on rural roads.
The new ad campaign from Coca-Cola aims to tackle the ongoing obesity problem in the United States. While some call it an attempt at re-branding the company, one critic sees this as an opportunity for global dialogue.
Vaccination and prevention will play a vital role in battling the 2013 influenza outbreak in the United States. But the CDC says determining the severity of the outbreak and forecasting how long it will last will be difficult.