For the first time in America, dying of an opioid overdose is more likely than dying in a vehicle crash, according to a National Safety Council report. Surging overdose deaths are part of an unsettling upward trend in preventable, unintentional injury in the past 15 years,…

HOUSTON – It’s a sad axiom of preparedness: Disasters are great teachers.  Example: After Tropical Storm Allison swamped the city of Houston with nearly 3 feet of rain in 2001, hospitals in the city lost power because electrical equipment and backup generators were in…

The WHO is calling for a halt to fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeast region to make room for Ebola response teams. The country’s latest outbreak has spread to a new province from the conflict-ridden North Kivu province—home to 1 million internally…

The White House wants to slash the ranks of the uniformed public health corps by 40%—reducing the corps of 6500 doctors, nurses, engineers and others to 4000. The administration would replace members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with civilians who…

The White House wants to slash the ranks of the uniformed public health corps by 40%—reducing the corps of 6500 doctors, nurses, engineers and others to 4000.  The administration would replace members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with civilians who…

According to official government records, 64 people were killed because of Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico last year. This is a "substantial underestimate," according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from the Harvard T.H.

Wildfires are getting more frequent and more severe, leaving US communities like Montana’s Missoula and Seeley Lake with dangerously smoky summers that have an elusive impact on residents’ long-term health. After a major fire in 2017, children were relocated to a makeshift…

The eruption of Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano, last Thursday triggered strong earthquakes and sent lava spewing out of fissures opening up in the ground.

Floods ripping through Kenya this month have killed at least 100 people and displaced almost 260,000, according to the Kenyan Red Cross. The heavy rains and landslides come on the heels 2017’s severe drought across East Africa.

A new investigative documentary, Blackout in Puerto Rico, goes inside the chaotic US federal response to Hurricane Maria, marked by troubled contracts and a vast disparity in services compared to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which hit the US mainland.