Safety and Prevention

Three out of every 10 girls becomes pregnant by the age of 20, in the United States. Even more sobering, the United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy and births of any industrialized country: birth rates here are 1.5 › Continue Reading

A new study in the Lancet offers good news in showing that death rates in children under 5 are dropping in many countries, according to data from 187 nations from 1970 to 2010.  The study notes that 7.7 million children › Continue Reading

Science has managed to document tens of thousands of things that can go wrong with the human body. Some of them cause minor discomfort – think heartburn. Others are more serious, or even deadly. Sometimes we don’t have a clue › Continue Reading

(Blogmeister’s note: This information was first published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on April 11) Alcohol use among adolescents affects all socioeconomic groups, and represents a tremendous financial and social cost. It can affect every organ system in the body. In › Continue Reading

The carnage we see in our emergency rooms has to stop, and I am convinced we have the ability to do it. We have been able to transform Haiti’s seemingly intractable epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis and AIDS and to get › Continue Reading

Stamping out disease may have seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream a few generations ago, but today we know the power of modern medicine: once common diseases like small pox and polio are now usually only mentioned in › Continue Reading

The British medical journal Lancet yesterday announced its decision to officially retract Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 study linking autism and the MMR vaccine. The decision was the result of long standing scientific concerns about the article – more than a dozen studies › Continue Reading

We’re in troubled times. Parents are frightened and upset. Children are scared. Doctors are seeing record numbers of patients. Stories of H1N1 fill the news every day. And while this flu virus is different, it’s nothing to panic about. Early › Continue Reading

The H1N1 vaccine is now available to the public, but instead of making plans to get the vaccine, many families are writing it off and encouraging other families to do the same. This, and an increasing trend among young, educated › Continue Reading