Public Health

Next-gen antibiotics might defend against bioterrorism, study shows

Next-gen antibiotics might defend against bioterrorism, study shows

The compounds target ribosomes in the translation phase of the bacteria’s genetic process, he adds. For bacteria to grow and proliferate, protein-generating ribosomes, like engines...
Contact tracing, with indoor spraying, can curb dengue outbreak

Contact tracing, with indoor spraying, can curb dengue outbreak

A novel, effective, more targeted approach for the surveillance and control of dengue fever Contact tracing, combined with targeted, indoor residual spraying of insecticide, can...
Study maps where US patients appear more ill than they are

Study maps where US patients appear more ill than they are

In some areas of the U.S., medical providers consistently order more tests and treatments for patients than providers do elsewhere -- a fact that...
Medical errors could cause 250,000 U.S. deaths a year, study shows

Medical errors could cause 250,000 U.S. deaths a year, study shows

Medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths every year in the United States, enough to make them the nation’s third-leading cause of death if...
Sugar, salt, and fat taxes could save billions in health care costs

Sugar, salt, and fat taxes could save billions in health care costs in Australia

Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting...
These 3 existing drugs might fight Zika

These 3 existing drugs might fight Zika

Several drugs already in the pharmaceutical arsenal have potential to fight Zika virus infections, tests with lab-grown human cells reveal. In the journal Nature Medicine,...
Huge out-of-pocket costs for Medicare patients with cancer

Huge out-of-pocket costs for Medicare patients with cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a serious financial hardship for many elderly and disabled patients on Medicare, with annual out-of-pocket costs ranging from $2,116...
How health insurance binds neighbors together

How health insurance binds neighbors together

Access to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can help fray neighborhood cohesion, report researchers. The study, published...
In a hurry to have sex, cocaine users may skip condoms

In a hurry to have sex, cocaine users may skip condoms

Cocaine use has long been tied anecdotally to impulsive behavior, including risky sex, but scientifically rigorous evidence of the link has been hard to...
These cells may explain why smoking causes lung cancer

These cells may explain why smoking causes lung cancer

Years of painstaking tissue analysis have lead researchers to basal stem cells as the likely culprits that trigger a major lung cancer closely tied...