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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

'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?

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. ...