With no money to research guns, there’s no evidence to base policy on.
Horrific mass shootings in the US typically renew the national debate about gun policy. A gun researcher explains the lack of funding for study in this area and what that means for informed policy.
Many Western, industrialized nations provide health insurance. The US has repeatedly balked at universal coverage. So what kind of system are we left with? A very unpopular one.
Dropping old, bad habits is hard, but starting new, good ones may not be so difficult. Or so a recent study suggests. Read how a simple sign at an airport made a difference.
How many healthy years of life do you have ahead before you become unhealthy – and then die? One model tries to find the answer.
In most markets, diversity and choice foster robust competition. In health insurance they could lead to fragmentation and market failure.
Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of dementia. Why don't more people recognize the signs?
Poor people who have cancer are one of the most financially vulnerable groups in the US. Obamacare aimed to improve their access to care. A recent study shows how it did.
Your guide to a public health crisis that's likely to get worse.
Bacteria are everywhere, even on your drink garnishes and ice. While most are not going to harm you, some can make you very sick. Here are some things to consider at public drink stations.
Natural disasters expose people to toxic gases, bacterial illness and other serious dangers. How can people maximize their safety as they return home?
For a country that spends more than US$3 trillion on health care, we are still dealing with many chronic health problems. Funding for clean water, sidewalks and smoking cessation could help.
How can we fight the opioid epidemic? Redesign the drugs, rethink how we assess patients and mandate prescription monitoring.
Whether you're a night owl or a morning lark, circadian rhythms control just about every aspect of your health.
While talking about drugs with young people isn't always comfortable, research has shown that it's critical for prevention.
Drug addiction isn't about bad habits, fear of withdrawal or a selfish search for pleasure. It's about the brain.
Natural disasters are not only bad in the short term. Many families will see their health, well-being and ability to escape poverty affected for decades, and some will be affected for life.
Are healthy behaviors virtuous (and unhealthy ones sinful), or are they just like any other choice? Here's how we could likely improve our health if we viewed choice differently.
HIV, STIs and other dangerous infections are feeding off of the opioid epidemic, creating an even more complicated threat to public health.
Even when power is restored and floodwaters have receded after hurricanes, mold can still be a big problem. There are some things you can do on your own, but the damage can be extensive.
Kids need to play outside for a number of reasons, but there may even be benefit for their eyes. Here's how sunlight helps prevent nearsightedness, or myopia.
Funding for the children's health insurance program is in jeopardy if Congress does not act by September 30. Here's a look at what's at stake, and how Congress could act to secure funding for CHIP.
A Senate vote in July seemed to signal the end of efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act. With a Sept. 30 deadline looming, though, a new bill has real possibilities. Here's why that could be bad.
Vast amounts of standing water in Houston and other hurricane-flooded areas are dangerous not only because of toxins. The water is a dangerous breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit Zika.
Affirmative action programs at universities are under threat by the Trump administration. That could be especially damaging to medical education. Who knows who holds the idea for the next great cure?
After the storm is over, it's time to rebuild – and natural disasters can affect survivors' health for years to come.
Even in areas predicted to take direct hits from hurricanes and other storms, hospitals must do all they can to stay open. It isn't an easy task, but preparation and practice help.
Surviving a hurricane in poor countries such as Haiti is no guarantee of surviving the secondary problem of cholera.
Research has yielded new insights into Parkinson's disease, and treatments are expanding. But a shortage of doctors trained in the disease leaves a gap in care.
Many hope that marijuana will help their insomnia. A sleep psychologist examines the evidence.
Studies suggest that, even when we go to bed alone, the company we keep by day may determine how well we sleep at night.
The negative effects of job loss have been well-documented and fairly well-understood. But why would studies also suggest that health improves during a recession? The reasons may surprise you.