Fewer babies are being born in Flint, Michigan, a likely outcome of the highly publicized lead-poisoning of the city’s water supply, say economists from the University of Kansas and West Virginia University. They looked at birth and death certificates in Flint and compared…

Drug overdose deaths account for a 3-and-1/2-month drop in American life expectancy, according to a new CDC analysis of life-expectancy trends between 2000 and 2015.

“Medicaid expansion may be fueling the opioid epidemic,” US Sen. Ron Johnson wrote recently, voicing a theory that conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been circulating for months. Not so, argue Aaron E. Carroll, a pediatrics professor at Indiana…

Hookworm was once rampant in the US—until treatment, education and economic development seemed to eradicate it decades ago. Turns out, it never really went away.

Although it’s hard to fathom now, back in the 1930s, pertussis—or, whooping cough—was a deadly threat. It caused 6,000 deaths a year in the US, and 95% of its victims were 5 or younger.

New research from Brazil has bolstered the link between Zika infection and Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)—especially among older people.

Even when flood waters recede from Houston and recovery efforts begin, another catastrophe will slowly unfold: Health issues from mold.

Scientists have found there is 10X more mercury in the US West Coast’s fog than in rainwater. Area plants and animals such as pumas and deer also have elevated mercury levels, compared with their counterparts in non-foggy areas. The mercury in fog itself doesn’t pose a…

The US needs to do more to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals, a research commission convened by the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health has concluded.

In the past few decades, nations in the Americas have had their fair share of public health crises—from Zika to increased incidences of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cancer. The region’s stability will rely heavily on how we respond to current problems and…