The real damage of record-breaking wildfires sweeping California will reveal itself in the cleanup effort.   In previous wildfires, home remains contained elevated levels of arsenic and metals including lead and copper. One expert compared the impending cleanup effort to…

Substance abuse and mental illness were the long-lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina—and a lesson for cities recovering now from recent hurricanes like Harvey, Irma and Maria.   Psychiatric helpline calls went up 61% post-Katrina; murders jumped 37%.   Low-income victims…

Dangerous winds threaten to intensify Northern California’s devastating wildfire today, as the death toll rose to 23, with 285 missing. Across Sonoma County, 25,000 people have been evacuated, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Hurricane Maria recovery in Puerto Rico is not going as well as well as officials claim. The death toll is climbing amid a health system breakdown.   Broken generators have cut dialysis treatments short, while intensive care patients are being relocated to an American…

Victims are flooding hospitals after wildfires swept across 119,032 acres of California wine country, spurred by the dry conditions and 50mph winds. 10 people are confirmed dead, and that number is certain to grow.   Hospitals in Napa and Sonoma are treating over 100…

There’s a term that doctors hate to hear—one that causes a room full of doctors discussing cases to go silent, writes Sanjay Gupta.   “Preventable death.”   It signifies a failure of a health system. Gupta, a physician and journalist, sees it in Puerto Rico after Hurricane…

Children with autism and bodies of water have long been a nightmarish combination for parents and guardians. A Columbia University study published earlier this year confirmed their fears: Children with autism are 160X more likely than other children to drown.Experts say the…

As Puerto Rico grinds into its recovery from Hurricane Maria, public health experts say the island faces yet another challenge: tropical mosquitoes.Big storms generally disrupt mosquito populations—at first. “Within a week or so, you tend to see the situation come back to…

The damage to communities in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria is slowly coming into focus.Mayors from more than 50 communities held an emotional meeting in San Juan to report on the damage. Given the lack of power, communicating in person was their only option. The…

Hurricane Irma is wrapping up its “coast-to-coast battering” of Florida, leaving 3 million people without power, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.