March 23, 2012 Whooping cough has reappeared in the U.S. and other developed countries in recent years, despite widespread use of vaccines. Researchers in Australia offer a partial explanation: they say the vaccine isn't tailored to fight some of the most common strains of the bacteria.
February 6, 2012 About 300 babies die each year after being hospitalized for serious injuries, according to a new report. Researchers are testing ways to help parents cope with the anger and frustration that can be triggered by a crying baby.
February 2, 2012 If the new numbers are right, it means there's little chance that malaria deaths can be cut to near-zero by 2015, just three years from now. That was the goal set last year by the World Health Organization.
January 30, 2012 The new initiative marks the first time the world's 13 biggest pharmaceutical competitors have agreed to collaborate on a common goal and share their expertise on potential drugs, one of the project's leaders says.
January 27, 2012 Dengue fever cases are soaring worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. They're also hitting closer to home. Two locally acquired cases were reported in Miami last year, and public health experts say we should expect more.
January 25, 2012 Published research on excess use of health care is in pretty short supply, so rooting out waste by looking at the existing studies can be a little like limiting your late-night search for lost car keys to the spots right under streetlights.
January 19, 2012 A new report from the federal government says 20 percent of Americans have this health condition each year. Do you know which one it is?
January 17, 2012 A study of accidents involving pedestrians wearing headphones suggests a real risk from the audio distraction. Fumbling with or listening to music players can divert attention from dangers. The audio can also drown out sounds of trouble.
January 10, 2012 About 1 in 6 Americans, or 38 million people, went on at least one drinking binge last year, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
January 4, 2012 People who go on and off health insurance fare as badly as people without coverage when it comes to preventive care. A study finds that gaps in coverage lead people with diabetes to skip tests that help keep the illness in check.
December 23, 2011 For 65 years, thousands of people have let themselves be weighed, measured, and tested. The result: The world's longest running study on human health. By far the most important finding is that early childhood experiences have a huge impact on health and well-being in adult life.
December 22, 2011 State and local health departments are better prepared to handle for public health emergencies since the Sept. 11 attacks. But budget cuts are chipping away at those gains.
December 7, 2011 Americans are healthier today than they were 20 years ago. But increases in obesity and diabetes threaten to overwhelm the progress we've made on smoking, violent crime and deaths from heart disease and strokes.