Jeneen Interlandi

Stories by Jeneen Interlandi

  • antibiotics-FE06-wide.jpg

    Are We Running Out of Antibiotics?

    As more bacteria become resistant to the most powerful drugs in our arsenal, new weapons are getting harder and harder to find. Why we need to change the way we think about treating infection.
  • haiti-tease

    Haiti's Post-Quake Recovery Is Slow to Begin

    The people of Haiti need food, shelter, and clean water, but they also want their country back, and eventually they may have to reclaim it from the very people who rushed there to save them.
  • premies-fe09-wide

    What Premature Births Can Teach Us About Autism

    Every year approximately 12.9 million babies are born too early. Despite a heroic, costly, and decades-long effort by doctors and scientists to understand and prevent preterm birth, that number has climbed steadily for the past three decades.
  • haiti-fe0804-wide

    What Haiti Really Needs Now: More Trees

    Six months after a devastating earthquake, the nation is still struggling to regain its footing. Why the best recovery efforts may hinge on something green.
  • oil-spill-timeline-cap-blown-June-23

    The Oil Spill's Worst-Case Scenario?

    As oil continues to flow from the top of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, concerns are brewing over potential leaks at the bottom—as in, below the sea floor. According to some observers, such leaks could present a new “worst-case scenario” for the disaster, which has now stretched past its second month.
  • health-advice-he1101-tease

    Secrets to Healthy Living From Harvard Doctors

    Harvard doctors know all the stats and studies about the benefits of healthy habits, but they also know that humans (including themselves) need some good old fashioned shortcuts to put those habits in actions. These doctors share their favorite tips and tricks.
  • 19-34-health-package

    Healthy Living From 19 to 34

    Think you’re invincible? Think again. A reality check for young adults on how to stay healthy and out of the ER -- if you do end up there, tips on how to protect yourself.
  • should-clean-oilspill-animals-wide

    Should We Clean Oiled Animals?

    Rescuers have cleaned hundreds of oily birds and turtles. But what are their long-term odds? Would euthanasia be more humane?
  • migrant-workers-health-care-INTRO

    Black-Market M.D.s

    A growing need for Hispanic doctors and the challenges of obtaining an American medical license have many Latin America–trained doctors practicing illegally.
  • migrant-workers-health-care-INTRO

    El Mercado Negro De Médicos

    La necesidad creciente de doctores hispanos y la dificultad de obtener una licencia médica en USA ha llevado a muchos latinoamericanos a ejercer la medicina ilegalmente
  • 'National Geographic' Water Issue: Emerging Problems Have Many Solutions, But Will We Act Fast Enough?

    National Geographic has a special issue out this month, devoted exclusively to our planet’s diminishing water supply. As Barbara Kingsolver writes in the opening essay: Civilization has been slow to give up on our myth of the Earth’s infinite generosity … We pumped aquifers and diverted rivers, trusting the twin lucky stars of unrestrained human expansion and endless supply. Now water tables plummet in countries harboring half the world’s population. Rather grandly, we have overdrawn our accounts. The worst consequences of that overdrawing are all around us now being realized. Some of the anecdotes Nat Geo uses to illustrate this point are familiar: glaciers retreating, freshwater fish dying off, and women in developing countries having to walk really, really far for the kind of water that most of us in the developed world wouldn’t deign to wash our laundry in, let alone drink or bathe with.  But other anecdotes are less familiar, and show just how bad things have gotten: in the...
  • How to Rebuild Haiti

    Donor nations came through for Haiti in a big way yesterday. But can that money fix the nation's problems?
  • The Benefits of International Adoption

    Despite sensational headlines about Haitian orphans, children adopted from developing nations can thrive in the United States. I know, from personal experience.
  • Why Chile's Stronger Earthquake Won't Be as Deadly as Haiti's

    Yes, the quake that struck the coast of Chile this morning was about 100 times stronger than the quake that devastated Port-au-Prince in early January. But initial reports put the death toll in the very low three digits—120 as I’m writing this. And while that number is certain to climb in the hours and days ahead, no one is expecting the calamitous destruction and loss of life that we’ve seen in Haiti, where 230,000 are already dead. How can that be?...
  • Anderson Cooper's Haiti Reporting: Better Than Nothing, but Still Not Great

    It’s been two days since Anderson Cooper resumed his coverage of the crisis in Haiti. The CNN news anchor has taken great pains to explain his decision to return to the earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, nearly a month after the quake. “No one should die in silence, and no one’s struggle to live should go unreported as well,” he said—two, three, four times in the space of an hour. Then he had the camera pan to his colleague Sanjay Gupta, who spent several minutes echoing the same sentiments. On Tuesday's show, Sean Penn, who has been in Port-au-Prince helping earthquake victims with his own team of aid workers stopped by—not to detail his organization’s efforts so much as to engage in another round of mutual and gratuitous back-patting.Don’t get me wrong, as a reporter who's struggled to cover the situation in Haiti from a desk in New York, I’m both thrilled and heartened to see any journalist so determined to keep a spotlight on the issue, let alone a journalist as...
  • Greens to Obama: What the Hell?

    I think it's safe to say that Obama has veered right on energy. His State of the Union speech called for offshore drilling, his 2011 budget proposed a tripling of loan guarantees to the nuclear industry, and yesterday he moved to bolster both corn-based ethanol and carbon-capture initiatives—darlings of the farm belt and the coal industry, respectively. ...
  • Quake Disrupted Haiti Environmental Efforts

    Scientists had been making progress on curbing a devastating cycle of environmental destruction and poverty in Haiti. The earthquake has put that work on hold.
  • Haiti: What Went Wrong

    No one could have stopped the Haitian earthquake. But much could have been done to lessen its impact.
  • Incurable Tuberculosis Is Making a Comeback

    It's been nearly a decade since U2 frontman Bono turned the entire continent of Africa into a pet cause, drawing attention to the problems of -developing-world health like never before. By some accounts, that publicity has started to pay off: since 2000, malaria incidence is down 50 percent in some of the hardest-hit regions, and in the past five years, the number of people with access to life-saving HIV medications has increased 10-fold. But while First World philanthropists and rock-star do-gooders were out to conquer AIDS and malaria, they left a far more ancient killer to fester. Tuberculosis has been traced back as far as the Egyptian mummies. It still kills 5,000 people every day—more people than swine flu has killed in the past year. And right now, natural selection and human fallibility are conspiring to make the germ indestructible.Since the first effective medications were made available in 1944, Mycobacterium tuberculosis has routinely developed resistance to one drug...
  • Can Good Mothers Be Good Scientists?

    Since Lawrence Summers’s ill-considered remarks at a 2005 economicsconference (he blamed the lack of tenured female scientists on theirbiologically inferior intelligence and aptitude; he was president ofHarvard University at the time), there has been a steady stream of books, reports, and panel discussions chronicling the woes of women who wear lab coats....
  • Fort Hood: A Wounded Soldier Speaks

    A victim of the Fort Hood shooting speaks about his experience, his fallen friends, and the desire to serve his country in Afghanistan.

Pages