Hurricane Harvey picked up and spread around scores of toxic chemicals in Houston, home to 6.5 million residents and 500 industrial sites—drawing attention to chemical-related health risks new and old.Oil refineries, hazardous waste sites and abandoned Superfund sites…

Public health researchers in Puerto Rico are shifting gears to analyze hurricane damage. While many labs are at diminished capacity, researchers are helping to identify and evaluate hurricane impacts like contamination of drinking water or the potential for a Zika outbreak…

Despite repeated lessons from natural disasters and explosive epidemics like Ebola, many low- and middle-income countries still don’t have what they need: the 4 S’s, Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer said during a keynote speech at the American Society of Tropical…

Rebranding the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti will not undo its dark past. The mission’s new iteration fails to prioritize investigating and compensating for its failures, writes Edwidge Danticat.     The mission was woefully slow to act following the…

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…