Just as the need rises for infectious diseases specialists who address problems like antibiotic resistance and Ebola, interest may be waning—judging by the fact that 117 of 335 infectious diseases fellowships in the US went unfilled on Match Day this month. One issue is a…

Rental car companies could pave the way for alcohol ignition interlocks becoming a new safety standard in all vehicles sold on the US market, asserts Mahendra Naidoo, a fellow at the National Cancer Institute. By adopting the technology in particular fleets of cars,…

An increase in early-stage cervical cancer diagnoses in young women in the US is likely due to better health care access thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

While psychological scars have lingered in Hurricane Katrina survivors whether or not they returned to New Orleans, resilience is also possible, say researchers tracking the disaster’s psychological aftermath. Nearly 1/2 of the 392 low-income parents participating in the…

Cooking can’t conquer all the bacteria found in ground beef, and conventionally produced beef contains 2x as many superbugs as beef raised sustainably, without antibiotics, according to a new report. Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and found that 18% of…

While 23 states and Washington, DC have passed laws permitting medical marijuana use for Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, lupus and Parkinson's disease, among others, pot has not been proven to work for many illnesses, according to a review in JAMA. The strongest evidence…

Madison, Nebraska—population 2,500—is besieged by the growing impact of heroin, which has taken 6 lives across the state this past year. With only 4 officers, the small town police department doesn’t have the resources or the experience for long-term drug investigations,…

More than 250,000 children younger than 16 harvest food in the US each year, with many working in unsafe or exploitive environments. Farms and farm labor companies across the US have been cited for child labor violations in the last 5 years, some involving 5 and 6 year…

As some food safety specialists see it, the US oversight system is a study in dysfunction. Part of the problem, some believe, is the fragmented nature of safety inspections. Tainted food sickens 48 million Americans a year, sends nearly 128,000 of them to the hospital and…

The outbreak of HIV/AIDS cases in rural Scott County, Indiana, has forced a skeptical and conservative Governor Mike Pence to authorize—and extend—a needle-exchange program. The move followed a recommendation by the CDC and state public-health officials, and since then,…