Separating children from their parents, as we’re seeing at the US/Mexico border, leads to serious, long-term consequences, Paul Spiegel of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explained in a C-SPAN interview yesterday. The Trump administration’s “zero…

Health in the US improved overall from 1990-2016, but wide disparities from state to state show a need for better preventive care, according to a new study coordinated by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The probability of dying…

Pediatrician and activist Marsha Griffin describes herself as a “megaphone” for children and families who cross America’s southern border. She has doubled down since the election of Donald Trump.

School shootings are sadly commonplace in the US, but little scientific research has been devoted to studying their precise causes. To fill the gap and help direct public policy, Boston University researchers and others studied school shootings from 2013 through 2015.   The…

Negotiations continue between the US and China 2 weeks after the countries pledged to work together to curb the trade in synthetic drugs that is contributing to the US opioid epidemic.   The US Drug Enforcement Administration wants China to exercise tighter control on the…

Yesterday, the Senate failed another attempt to pass the same $1.1 billion spending bill that failed to pass before the summer break; Democrats objected to controversial provisions tacked on against Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act. There is a possibility for…

For the first time in history, the US Surgeon General has sent a letter to every physician in the country urging them to pull back on prescribing opioids. In his letter, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy suggests physical therapy or non-addictive medications as alternatives.…

Despite a reduction in traffic deaths since 2000, in 2013 the US death rate was still more than 2x the average of other high-income countries. The Numbers in the US: • ~90 people die each day—leading to the highest death rate among comparison countries, such as Australia,…

The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a Texas abortion law violates a woman’s right to seek an abortion. The 5-3 ruling in the case, with conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the court's liberal members, maintained that Texas’s law of 2013 “placed an undue…

Amid news that there are possibly 300 pregnant women infected with the Zika virus in the US, the New York Times editorial board argues that it is time for a dedicated US fund to respond to health emergencies.