As the White House was preparing to implement deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month, Mustafa Ali, head of the Office on Environmental Justice, resigned. A week later, his motivation for departing became clear, when President Trump released a hardline budget draft that called for slashing…
On his first Monday in office, President Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule, a policy that blocks international health organizations from receiving any U.S. federal funding if they provide, advocate for or discuss abortion as a reproductive health option.
There is a nightmare of a headline.
A Florida woman has given birth to a baby with microecephaly, the birth defect caused by the Zika virus, Reuters reported on Tuesday. This is the first affected child in the state.
If you plan on visiting a Zika-infected region in the near future, the World Health Organization now recommends that you follow safe sex practices or remain abstinent for at least eight weeks after you return. The organization previously recommended a four-week period, but scientists now believe the virus lasts longer…
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 157 pregnant women in the United States and 122 in its territories (predominantly in Puerto Rico) had tested positive for the Zika Virus. Fewer than 12 of these women have had miscarriages or babies born with defects, according to Reuters.
In what has been described as a “brazenly political act,” House Republicans have changed the name of the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act to the “Zika Vector Control Act.” The House is supposed to vote on the bill, which remains completely unchanged in content, on Tuesday.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is investigating a mysterious outbreak of a blood infection caused by the bacteria Elizabethkingia.
As the water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to unfold, revealing a pattern of corruption and callousness for the city’s residents, other communities around the nation struggle with the lasting effects of lead and uranium poisoning.
Currently, there is no treatment for Zika, the virus that has become an epidemic throughout Latin America and infected over 100 Americans. But that could change soon.
Both American Samoa and Hawaii have taken official measures to curb potential Zika virus outbreaks, which are among the first meaningful efforts at combatting the mosquito-borne virus in the United States.
Two women from the U.S. have had miscarriages after contracting Zika virus abroad, according to a spokesperson from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Like most of the pregnant population in the Western Hemisphere, I’ve spent the past weeks unusually engrossed by the spread of the Zika virus. In case you have not been joining me in Googling “Zika” while clutching your baby bump in terror, here’s the gist: the virus, spread by mosquitoes and multiplying in the…
On Monday, the World Health Organization classified the Zika virus as an international public health emergency. Since the outbreak began in Brazil last May, it has spread to over 20 countries in Latin America, according to the New York Times.
The United States has an overall tuberculosis incidence rate of 3 cases for every 100,000 people. Kyrgyzstan, a country in which I contracted active tuberculosis in 2010, has an incidence rate of 142/100,000. The small town of Marion, Alabama is experiencing a TB outbreak so bad that its incidence rate is currently an…
If you grew up in the 1990s, you practically absorbed a degree in AIDS studies just by existing—or at least that’s what it felt like. The years since then have brought better tests and treatments, and we now know more about the virus, but that information isn’t common knowledge. HIV and AIDS have fallen off our radar.
On Friday, Dr. Frances Kelsey passed away at the age of 101. She was the Food and Drug Administration official who changed the way drugs were tested and marketed to the general public when she began asking questions about the safety of thalidomide.
"I wanna talk to all the ladies in the world a-bout! Breast! Can-cer!" begins perhaps the most downer upbeat club jam of all time.
The NFL's 'A Crucial Catch,' in addition to being an eyesore, is a craven PR campaign designed to sell tickets and build goodwill among female fans (reminder: only 8% of the money it raises actually goes to breast cancer research). But perhaps its worst sin is that the information it's distributing to millions of…
The worst ebola outbreak in history is currently ravaging West Africa, and it might be coming to the U.S. Okay, it's probably not. But it might be. But it's probably not. But oh god what if it is?!? What do we do? This is not the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; this is real life, ok? But those screenwriters…