| Jul 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday they found smallpox vials from the 1950s in a Food and Drug Administration storage building in Bethesda, Maryland, and transferred them to the CDC's high-containment laboratory in Atlanta...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 4:35 PM
National Institutes of Health workers preparing to move a lab in Bethesda, Md., found an unwelcome surprise in a storage room this month: six vials of smallpox.
There is no evidence that any of the vials was breached, and no lab workers or members of...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Everyone loves a medical mystery, except the afflicted patient and his or her family who shuffle from doctor to doctor in search of an explanation for a disorder whose name, origin, prognosis and cure are all unknown. Now, the National Institutes of...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:34 AM
NEW YORK -- The death of Hall-of-Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn from mouth cancer has renewed calls to end the use of chewing tobacco from its traditional place in the game. Gwynn, 54, died June 16 after two surgeries to remove malignant growths inside...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If you’re close to your parents, chances are there are many things they’ve passed on to you that you’ve taken to heart — and possibly one you hope they haven’t.
If you’ve got poor blood cholesterol levels and you...
| May 22, 2014
Many have noted that the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal poses an acute threat to the Obama administration because of how much its problems resemble the criticisms of Obamacare itself. But let's imagine there was no Obamacare. Let's imagine that...
| May 22, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Suicide and Older Adults
Suicide rates have become noticeably higher in both middle age and older adult populations in the last few years. According to the National Institutes of Health “white males age 85 and older consistently have had the...
| May 25, 2014
| 6:21 PM
My 7-year-old son has fallen in love with Rainbow Loom, the wildly popular sets of pegs and rubber bands kids use to weave friendship bracelets and necklaces.
On a recent weekend, I bought him several new packages of rubber bands, as well as a...
| May 27, 2014
| 3:45 PM
Countless famous footsteps have crossed the White House's entrance hall, but on Tuesday, some of the country's top science and technology dignitaries had to dodge a hovercraft made of foam and a paper bowl whizzing across the shiny pink-and-white marble....
| Jun 10, 2014
| 3:27 PM
Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl walked onto the Miss USA stage in a bikini and platform heels, and women all over the U.S. cheered a woman they felt looked "normal." Then she lost.
Still, Diehl's fame seems to have eclipsed that of winner Nia Sanchez, Miss...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 4:28 AM
How do public health experts handle research when they know they cannot offer subjects the best medical treatment possible — only "less than the best" solutions?
It poses serious ethical issues, especially when children are involved in the...