Claudia Kalb

Could a Virus Cause Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome?

Since the illness first surfaced in the U.S. in the '80s, chronic-fatigue patients have endured skepticism from doctors, who have not known what to make of a constellation of symptoms that has no known cause, no diagnostic test, and no specific treatment.

Why You Should Ditch Old Painkillers Safely

Seven million Americans are taking prescription drugs for "nonmedical reasons." Tomorrow, the Drug Enforcement Agency hosts its first national effort to collect unwanted meds to keep them away from people who might abuse or sell them, especially teenagers.

Angie Dickinson Speaks Out on Autism

Health and celebrities can be an intoxicating and major money-raising mix. Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991, has raised awareness—and large amounts of money. Now Angie Dickinson is telling the story of her daughter's struggle with autism.

Stem-Cell Research's Controversial Past

Embryonic-stem-cell research has provoked more controversy—political, religious, and ethical—than almost any other area of scientific inquiry. This week the field suffered a legal blow with U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth's ruling, which blocks the Obama administration's 2009 regulations expanding embryonic-stem-cell research.

Fighting Against Smoking in the Movies

Earlier this year, Stanton A. Glantz, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and James Cameron, director of the science-fiction thriller "Avatar," got into a public sparring match over Hollywood and cigarettes. Now Glantz is back on the attack against the continuing presence of smoking in movies.

A Is for Apple

Food insecurity goes hand in hand with "food deserts"—neighborhoods that don't have good access to grocery stores. Here's how "Sesame Street" is trying to deal with that issue.

Food Insecurity Rising in America

Food insecurity is on the rise. In 2008, 14.6 percent of U.S. households fell into the food-insecure category at some point during the year—the highest rate since the Department of Agriculture started recording stats in 1995. At the same time, legislation to improve childhood nutrition is now making its way through Congress.

Three Big Medical News Items You Shouldn't Miss

A slew of important medical developments includes a report that adult stem cells have memories, the advent of a vaginal gel that reduces the risk of HIV infection among women, and a change in guidelines that may lead to a decrease in the number of births by Caesarean section.

Is Sitting While Autistic a Crime?

Autism is a diverse condition, but one characterized by behaviors that can be misinterpreted as unusual and even disrespectful by law-enforcement officers trained to seek out those acting suspiciously. One activist is educating police so they can better serve citizens on the spectrum.

Parents Oblivious to Overweight Kids

As obesity rates hit record levels, a new study finds that many adults don't recognize weight problems in their children. The consequences, for families and the country, can be severe.

Healthy Living from 2 to 12

The Childhood Years: As your children grow, so do their medical needs. Plus: childhood obesity, and how to fight it.

Zoonoses: When Animal Diseases Attack

Animal-based diseases account for 75 percent of newly emerging infections, including H1N1. Can health agencies work together to stop their spread?

Too Fat to Fight? Army Recruiters Discuss New Report

Childhood obesity isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the military. But Mission: Readiness, a D.C.-based organization of retired generals, admirals, and civilian military leaders, is seriously worked up about the epidemic.

Adoption Isn't Always Easy: The New York Times With More Stories of Struggling Parents

I first met Josephine Ruggiero 13 years ago when I was reporting a story about international adoption, "Bringing Kids All the Way Home." Ruggiero and her husband had adopted three young biological siblings from Russia in 1994 and they invited me into their home, where they talked openly about how difficult adoption can turn out to be—for parents and children alike.