In 1990, our commentator visited Africa and fell in love with the energy and dreams of its people. Today he sees a land full of promise. But Ebola has revived the image of Africa in chaos.
Melissa Block talks to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, who is completing a tour of the West African nations most deeply affected by the Ebola outbreak.
At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.
Nature and nurture both matter, and having love and support from parents early on makes make academic and social success as an adult more likely, a study finds. But a child's temperament matters too.
Medicare will cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. Half of the nation's academic medical centers will be docked for making too many medical mistakes.
In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.
If you're a charity that wants to help the developing world, you really, really, really don't want to win a "Rusty Radiator."
The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.
A new report looks at the top causes of death in 188 countries. Infectious diseases are less of a threat than in 1990 — but please, look both ways before you cross the street.
Public health officials in California are trying to understand why Latino babies are contracting whooping cough at much higher rates than other babies.
New numbers show that more than 18,000 people have selected, signed up and paid for coverage through the connector beginning Jan. 1. Officials say that’s more than double the number from a week ago.
- Health Connector: Insurance Signups Up, But Many Unpaid
- Pediatric Politics: How Dire Warnings Against Infant Bed Sharing ‘Backfired’
- Armpit Fat? There’s A YouTube Video For That
- Doctors In Massachusetts Now Required To Offer End-Of-Life Counseling
- Persistent Stigma, Skepticism About Mental Illness Causes Real Harm
Mental health providers, police and community advocates are holding a forum Monday night on Nantucket to address what some are calling a crisis for the small island town — a rash of suicides in recent weeks.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has begun a campaign that will include outreach to OB/GYN and pediatric offices, free regional community workshops on infant sleep safety, and a smartphone app that promotes safe sleep tips.