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.

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...

How to Rebuild Haiti

Donor nations came through for Haiti in a big way yesterday. But can that money fix the nation's problems?

Obama Is Not the Antichrist—And Nobody Really Thinks He Is

There are two major problems with the Harris poll that found 14 percent of Americans think President Obama may be the antichrist and has some Dems freaking out. The first problem is question design and survey format. The poll started by telling people "Here are some things people have said about President Obama" and then asked them to agree or disagree with a series of pejorative statements—from "Obama wants the terrorists to win," to "Obama may be the antichrist." Respondents were not...

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? A few reasons. First and most obvious, the...

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....

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. So far he's said next to nothing about wind, solar, smart grids, or energy efficiency, a move that will certainly disappoint his...

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...

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. Last week, the Center for American Progress (CAP) reported that family obligations (read: child rearing) are still pushing young female...