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Here are some ways to cut costs and improve outcomes no matter what happens to healthcare reform in Washington.

President Obama has lifted the twenty-year ban on federal funding of needle exchanges. But if he wants to promote public health--over politics--on substance abuse, there are plenty of other bold steps his administration should take.

Thanks to Big Pharma, your child may not get a flu shot as soon as they should.

Bad peanuts and killer spinach: that's the food story of 2009. But in the coming months we may see a huge turning point in the fight for safety.

Epidemiologist Philip Alcabes discusses the social fears surrounding epidemics and why risk can't be eliminated from life.

Why is our public health policy driven by fear?

It's easy enough for the government to tell people to stay home or keep their kids home from school if they have flu symptoms--but what if they can't afford to miss work?

The new Obama protocols on scientific research will influence not just stem cells but climate change, genetics, sex education and food safety.

America is literally awash in antidepressants. Blame the surfeit of drugs in our system on a confusion between illness and suffering.

Research subjects in developing countries--often the poorest, the sickest and with the fewest options--become more vulnerable.

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The New York Times columnist, and his wife, raise the wrong issues in their columns on Lisa Adams.

January 13, 2014

As the disparity between rich and poor has grown, so have gaps in life expectancy between counties, towns, and even neighborhoods. 

November 20, 2013

With the imminent threat of a US military intervention seemingly receding, the world's focus should be on aiding the increasingly desperate Syrian population.

September 12, 2013

Twenty-two “authors” of a fradulent article ghost-written by Glaxo won't feel the heat.

August 7, 2012

Dr. Chisale Mhango wanted to present research on the harm illegal abortion does to Malawian women. USAID decided that ran afoul of the Helms Amendment.

March 11, 2011

How is it that one of the most incredibly important and far-reaching new health policies of the twenty-first century went into effect this past week, and you probably haven’t heard of it?

January 21, 2011