The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug epidemic in US history, but we’ve seen similar scenarios before, writes the New York Times editorial board. With 19th century morphine, “like today, the medical community was largely responsible for the epidemic.” And with AIDS in…

Infectious disease deaths are down overall in America, but University of Washington researchers have identified holes and shifts in that progress. New research in JAMA tracks county-level infectious disease deaths from 1980-2014. Mortality rates fell 18.7%, to 34.10 per…

Canada’s “harm reduction” approach to the opioid crisis is gradually being emulated by US cities including San Francisco, risking a face-off with the Justice Department. British Columbia—the heart of Canada’s opioid crisis—now has 29 sites to safely inject drugs, provided…

In China’s increasingly overcrowded health care system, desperate patients seeking alternatives have opened the market to companies connecting patients with doctors abroad via teleconference. 1 start-up, MediStar, charges $3,000 to arrange oncology consultations with US…

20th century doctors, most white and male, pushed for medicalized childbirth with so-called modern practices like forceps and sedation, and undermined the traditional birthing practices of midwives, often black women. Today in the US, less than 10% of deliveries are…

Early automobile innovator Henry Ford is to blame for antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new book about American agriculture, “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm,” by Ted Genoways.

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…

US plans to slash foreign aid for HIV by 1/3 would cost lives and bring little savings, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.   The planned cuts could lead to 500,000 more HIV cases and more than 1.6 million more deaths in South Africa alone over 10…

In 1965, the US government began forcing cigarette makers to include labels on cigarette packs warning that smoking may be hazardous to your health, making the labels one of our 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health

The FDA on Tuesday announced plans to launch a campaign this fall to discourage electronic cigarette use among US youth, with plans for a full-scale campaign in 2018. This initiative follows last month’s proposal to lower nicotine in cigarettes and gives e-cigarette…