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.  

The waters of South Asia’s devastating floods are receding, but the nightmare isn’t over for the thousands in Nepal and Bangladesh suffering from outbreaks of diarrhea, malaria and dengue.In the aftermath of the region’s worst floods in a decade, about 13,000 people in…

I noted with interest a Tweet in GHN last week linking to a STAT article labeling the risk of tetanus following Houston’s flooding an “old wives’ tale.” Helen Branswell quoted experts—even the CDC—as sa

It’s been a horrible few weeks. Flooding has displaced millions in South Asia. Mudslides killed more than 500 people in Sierra Leone. Hurricane Harvey delivered a 1,000-year flood.  

Even when flood waters recede from Houston and recovery efforts begin, another catastrophe will slowly unfold: Health issues from mold.

Armed with heartbreaking images, Nicholas Kristof doesn’t mince words. “Let’s be blunt: With U.S. and U.K. complicity, the Saudi government is committing war crimes in Yemen,” he writes.

In the wake of flooding and mudslides this month that left at least 300 dead and more than 1,000 homeless in Sierra Leone, columnist Elkass Sannoh sees one clear culprit: a “blind and deaf government.”Neglect of technology and lack of funding for the Meteorological…