If opioids prevent significant suffering, then the solution to the prescription opioid problem cannot simply be to stop using them.
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.
More seniors are reporting good health in recent years, but gains are primarily among more advantaged groups.
Whether you're a night owl or a morning lark, circadian rhythms control just about every aspect of your health.
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?
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.
Poor diet kills hundreds of thousands per year. If we want to achieve meaningful health care reform, we need to address our nation's nutrition crisis.
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.
After the storm is over, it's time to rebuild – and natural disasters can affect survivors' health for years to come.
Surviving a hurricane in poor countries such as Haiti is no guarantee of surviving the secondary problem of cholera.
Many hope that marijuana will help their insomnia. A sleep psychologist examines the evidence.
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.
Studies suggest that, even when we go to bed alone, the company we keep by day may determine how well we sleep at night.
There are two common medications that prevent preterm birth – and poor black women often can't access either one.
Athletic ability is often linked to size – of muscles and bones. New studies are suggesting, however, that the relative size of two fingers could be more predictive of ability.
The notion that obesity mostly afflicts the poor is a misconception.
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.
As Houston continues to rescue residents whose homes were ruined, it also begins to deal with issues related to contaminated floodwaters and overflowing reservoirs. It won't be easy.
On August 10, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. But we need to do a lot more to prevent this crisis from escalating even further.
Our senses of taste and smell are linked to one another in ways that experts are continuing to explore. See if you can answer some questions for which experts have discovered some surprising answers.
Opposition to vaccines still prevents many children from getting needed preventative care. Understanding who is opposed, and why, can help, but the answers may surprise you.
A recent study suggests that shunning parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their kids isn't the best strategy. A better strategy might be old-fashioned, but it works.
Noise is common, but we don't fully know what that means for our hearing. A recent study suggests how overstimulation of the auditory nerve may be too much for it to handle.
Evidence suggests that some chemicals can affect our bodies – even in very low doses. How can we better identify and act on these toxic materials?