Public Health

We Should Quarantine Everyone Coming From Countries With Ebola Outbreaks
An infectious-disease specialist says the time for half-measures is over
October 16, 2014

"There is a real possibility that the numbers will proliferate more rapidly than expected."

In 1941, We Thought We Were on the Cusp of Eradicating All Airborne Diseases
October 15, 2014

Sometimes hope gets a little ahead of science.

How Scary Is This Ebola Outbreak?
An expert on epidemics answers your questions
August 10, 2014

An expert on epidemics answers your questions.

The Hidden, Horrifying Impacts of Climate Change
It's not all hurricanes and floods. Expect sewage in your drinking water.
July 24, 2014

These are the consequences you don't hear about.

Right-Wing Xenophobes Are Spreading Lies About Migrant Diseases
Welcome to the latest chapter in America's long, ugly history of nativism
July 15, 2014

Welcome to the latest chapter in America's long, ugly history of nativism.

A Controversial New Study Says Mammograms Don't Save Lives. Should We Believe It?
February 12, 2014

If the researchers are right, screening all women starting at 40 yields a lot of false diagnoses—without any clear benefit.

Why CVS Is Halting Tobacco Sales, in Three Charts
February 05, 2014

Demand for cigarettes is declining, while demand for in-store medical services is booming. 

Startling New Map: 92 Percent of New HIV Cases are in 25 Percent of Counties
September 23, 2013

These maps from AIDSVu, a group that turns annual HIV infection rates data from the U.S.

Flu Shots in the Firehouse
How to Survive Our Doctor Shortage
January 31, 2013

In Oakland, firefighters can give you vaccinations—and may soon offer counseling about things like diabetes and asthma. Is this the future of medicine?