January 24, 2008 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants adults to remember that vaccines aren't just for kids. Whooping cough, shingles, tetanus, and several other illnesses are still big problems in the U.S., mostly because adults aren't getting the shots they need.
January 14, 2008 A new study last fall revealed that serious drug-resistant staph infections are far more common than previously assumed. The study produced a wave of reported cases from across the country. How common are these infections, who gets them, and how can they be prevented?
January 9, 2008 The sudden death of several prominent young athletes has drawn attention to the problem of silent heart disease. Studies are underway to determine who is at risk.
November 14, 2007 In a series of stories during November, NPR's All Things Considered examines the new globalization of health care. Here, a series overview.
November 9, 2007 Merck pulled Vioxx off the market in September 2004 after it was revealed that the drug increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Here, a look at what has happened since Vioxx was taken off the market.
July 5, 2007 At the turn of the 20th century, the clear air and hygienic surroundings of Bel-Air were promoted as therapeutic and restorative for patients with tuberculosis. Today, the bucolic setting of Bel-Air is still seen as healing — now for patients with HIV, many of whom also have TB.
August 24, 2006 The FDA has approved the sale of Plan B as an over-the-counter drug for people 18 and older. The so-called "Morning-After" pill is the most effective form of emergency contraception.
May 18, 2006 NPR Health Editor Joe Neel answers questions about the painkiller Vioxx and its health risks.
December 8, 2005 The New England Journal of Medicine may retract a study it published in 2000 on the safety of the painkiller Vioxx. Journal editors allege drug maker Merck failed to report all results in the study and deleted information from its manuscript submission.
November 15, 2005 For the first time in 40 years, Medicare recipients can now get help in paying for prescription drugs. But with dozens of private insurers offering their own version of the new Medicare drug plan, analysts say the only sure bet for those eligible is that they'll be confused about which plan to choose. To help make sense of the options, science editor Joe Neel answers some of the key questions.
September 30, 2005 Supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be ample this year, but the CDC warns it may take a month to get distribution up to speed. Public health officials recommend that those not at high risk for flu wait until the end of October to get a shot.
September 7, 2005 New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has ordered that any residents still in New Orleans be forcibly removed, citing the risks of toxic floodwaters. Environmental Reporter Elizabeth Shogren and Health Editor Joe Neel provide an update on the risks posed by the polluted waters.