It sounds like a good idea: anticipating flu's spread by monitoring a region's online searches. But sometimes a sneeze is just a cold.
When the neighborhood, town or nation is the patient, we're on the case. Find out about health in the community and around the globe. We round up the latest on prevention, disease outbreaks and the world's response to health crises.
The case of two women in Texas offers the strongest evidence to date of HIV transmission between women. Though rare, it's a reminder that the virus can spread during various forms of intimacy.
The reason for the link isn't clear, but researchers say obesity's effect on self-image and self-esteem might be partly to blame.
The study finding that men who prey on women in bars don't have to be drunk to behave badly really hit a nerve. So did the notion that if women drink, they're more likely to be targeted.
Narcotic painkillers are risky for small kids. But so are some popular pills to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
WBURFirst responders nationwide are expanding use of Narcan, used to treat heroin and other opioid overdoses. But the drug is pricey — and only one company makes it.
Doctors have diagnosed a handful of children with a polio-like disease that can paralyze an arm or a leg. The culprit may be a rare virus first detected in California more than 50 years ago.
A new virus in the Middle East has sickened more than 180 people and killed an alarming 43 percent of them. But scientists haven't been sure where the virus originates or how people catch it.
Middle-aged and younger adults are being hospitalized at much higher rates than usual. Lower vaccination rates appear to be one reason behind the trend.
The African country faces some of the toughest health problems in the world, including high rates of HIV and infant mortality. Many people in need turn to unauthorized private clinics for care.