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 midwife-…

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…

Varying methodologies and data-gathering limitations make it difficult to determine the US maternal mortality rate, reports The Economist.Determining death rates using death certificates yields a US maternal death rate of 21 deaths per 100,000 live births. But the CDC’s…

The failure of up to 1/4 of death certificates to detail the specific drug responsible for opioid and heroin-related fatalities complicates the US response effort, but new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine outlines a method for improvement.

What if the EPA had asserted federal emergency powers when it knew about the disaster unfolding in Flint? What if national media had covered the story in a way that pressured elected officials to act?A detailed and damning report by Boston Globe essayist Derrick Z. Jackson…