public health
A Vast Majority of the World’s Population Breathes Unsafe Air
A Vast Majority of the World’s Population Breathes Unsafe Air
Catherine Offord | Apr 17, 2018
A new report estimates that 95 percent of people live in areas with dangerously high levels of fine particulate matter such as dust and soot.
Increase in Global Antibiotics Consumption Driven by Income Gains
Increase in Global Antibiotics Consumption Driven by Income Gains
Shawna Williams | Mar 27, 2018
A study finds substantial growth in use of the drugs this century, linked to gains in wealth in low- and middle-income countries.
Nitrogen Dioxide Linked to Thousands of Premature Deaths in Germany
Nitrogen Dioxide Linked to Thousands of Premature Deaths in Germany
Diana Kwon | Mar 11, 2018
The findings of an official report come a month after a German court ruled in favor of banning diesel cars.
Flu and Whooping Cough Vaccines Don’t Harm Babies: Study
Flu and Whooping Cough Vaccines Don’t Harm Babies: Study
Kerry Grens | Feb 21, 2018
Infants whose moms received the shots when they were pregnant were no more at risk of dying or being hospitalized than other babies. 
<em>The Scientist</em> on PBS News Hour
The Scientist on PBS News Hour
The Scientist Staff | Feb 11, 2018
Ashley Yeager, TS associate editor, explains the possible ramifications of cutting the CDC's Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Cuts to Prevention and Public Health Fund Puts CDC Programs at Risk
Cuts to Prevention and Public Health Fund Puts CDC Programs at Risk
Ashley Yeager | Feb 9, 2018
Reductions from the budget passed today and a $750-million shift of funds to the Children’s Health Insurance Program add pressure to public health initiatives, including immunizations and outbreak responses.
Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Flint Linked to Low Chlorine Levels in Water
Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Flint Linked to Low Chlorine Levels in Water
Ashley Yeager | Feb 7, 2018
New evidence supports the idea that a drop in concentrations of the disinfectant during the town’s water crisis caused several deaths and severe illness.
CDC Director Resigns Over Unresolved Conflicts of Interest
CDC Director Resigns Over Unresolved Conflicts of Interest
Shawna Williams | Jan 31, 2018
Brenda Fitzgerald had drawn criticism for tobacco-related investments, among others.
Flu Forecasters Predict This Year’s Season to Peak Early
Flu Forecasters Predict This Year’s Season to Peak Early
Christina Reed | Jan 23, 2018
Influenza cases normally top out in February. This year brought an early start and an early peak, but how long flu season will remain is uncertain. 
EU Advisor Recommends Regulatory Exemption for Gene Editing
EU Advisor Recommends Regulatory Exemption for Gene Editing
Catherine Offord | Jan 18, 2018
Crops produced using mutagenic technologies such as CRISPR should generally be exempt from regulatory laws governing GMOs, according to the published opinion.