Public Health

Heroin discharges surpass opioid discharges

Heroin discharges surpass opioid discharges in hospital

As efforts to curb prescription opioid abuse have taken hold, hospital dischages for heroin poisoning increased at an annual rate of 31.4 percent. Hospital discharges...
The annual cost of gun violence in America

The annual cost of gun violence in America: $2.8 billion in emergency room, inpatient...

Johns Hopkins study of more than 704,000 patients highlights trends in injuries, incidence A Johns Hopkins study of more than 704,000 people who arrived alive...
Cancer rates are higher in developed countries

Cancer rates are higher in developed countries

Developed countries, with greater access to healthcare, experience much higher rates of cancer incidence than the world's "worse off" countries, according to new research...
Honey samples worldwide test positive for pesticide

Honey samples worldwide test positive for pesticide

Neonicotinoid pesticides contaminated 75% of a global sampling of honey, according to a study published in the 6 October issue of Science. The pesticide concentrations detected are below...
DNA-based Zika vaccine candidate found safe and effective at inducing immune response

DNA-based Zika vaccine candidate found safe and effective at inducing immune response

A new generation DNA-based Zika vaccine is the first to demonstrate both safety and the ability to elicit an immune response against Zika in...
Opioid crisis in Staten Island affects all races and socioeconomic backgrounds

Opioid crisis in Staten Island affects all races and socioeconomic backgrounds

Contrary to media reports, the opioid epidemic on Staten Island is not confined to affluent young white residents, and affects all neighborhoods, races, ages,...
More than two-thirds of Republicans want Congress to enact an ACA alternative

More than two-thirds of Republicans want Congress to enact an ACA alternative

But a majority of Democrats want Congress to move on to other issues According to a new POLITICO/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll,...
Harvey and Irma present nearly perfect conditions for Zika

Harvey and Irma present nearly perfect conditions for Zika-spreading mosquitoes

Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the storms have...
Nearly half of adults in US infected with HPV, study shows

Nearly half of adults in US infected with HPV, study shows

If you currently are sexually active, have been sexually active in the past or have sex in the future, there's an extremely high chance...
How flood insurance works

How flood insurance works? 6 questions answered

What is flood insurance? Homeowners’ insurance does not cover damage to a home caused by flooding. A homeowner must have a separate policy to cover flood-related...