June 27, 2014
“Assessing the Threat From al Qaeda”
Since 9/11, al Qaeda has become more decentralized, and some say stronger, with affiliates launching sectarian attacks in the Middle East, Somalia, Algeria and beyond.
May 2, 2014
“Back to Sleep: Parents Ignore Warnings Against Tummy Sleep”
A significant number of infants are still placed on their stomachs or sides to sleep — despite a campaign to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by placing babies on their backs.
April 24, 2014
“Drink Up: More Coffee Could Lower Diabetes Risk”
New research suggests that an extra cup of coffee is associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Jan. 24, 2014
Political pressure is building on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, which has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009.
Jan. 14, 2014
“Studies find small risk from rotavirus vaccine”
Babies vaccinated against rotavirus may have a small risk of a dangerous intestinal blockage, researchers report, but the CDC says vaccination is still worthwhile.
Nov. 15, 2013
More than 12 million adults experience domestic violence in a year, says the CDC. Advocates, researchers, police and prosecutors disagree on how to reduce the number of victims.
Oct. 17, 2013
“A good night's sleep scrubs your brain clean, researchers find”
A newly discovered system that scrubs away neural waste is mostly active when you sleep.
Aug. 8 2013
“New malaria vaccine shows promise”
A novel malaria vaccine was 100 percent effective in a small number of volunteers, but much more research needs to be done, according to a new study.
Aug. 6 2013
“Obesity declining among low-income preschoolers in some states”
Obesity rates among low-income preschoolers decreased small amounts in 19 states between 2008 and 2011, according to CDC researchers.
July 29, 2013
“Kids who were breastfed longer have higher IQs, new study shows”
Young children who were breastfed as infants scored higher on intelligence tests than formula-fed kids, and the longer and more exclusively they were breastfed, the greater the difference, say Harvard University researchers.
May 10, 2013
“Mental Health Policy”
An estimated 58 million American adults, or one in four, suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Yet it can take years for some individuals to see a mental health professional.
May. 6, 2013
“Why it may be OK to spit-clean your baby’s binkie”
Eczema and asthma were strongly reduced in children whose parents spit-cleaned the pacifier, according to a Swedish study.
March 8, 2013
The debate over gun control has been inescapable since December, 2012, when Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., before taking his own life.
Dec. 14, 2012
“Future of Homeownership”
The housing market is showing signs of recovery after the housing crash and Great Recession of the late 2000s. Yet the share of Americans who own their homes is the lowest since 1997.
Sept. 18, 2012
Scientists say that early treatment of HIV-infected patients can virtually eliminate the risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners, and treating HIV-negative people at high risk of contracting the virus reduces infection rates. But both strategies are controversial and would be hugely expensive.
July 20, 2012
Lawsuits filed against debt collectors have multiplied in recent years, as have complaints to regulators about abusive collection tactics.
April 27, 2012
Widespread adoption of anti-harassment policies and training programs over the past decade has led to a decline in workplace sexual harassment charges filed with government agencies. But plaintiffs' attorneys say sexual harassment remains a persistent and under-reported problem.
Feb. 10, 2012
More than 12 years have passed since a groundbreaking report on preventable patient deaths in hospitals alerted the nation to a crisis in patient safety. Yet patients continue to suffer high levels of death and injury from medical errors.
Oct. 7, 2011
“Legal Aid Crisis”
Many Americans living below the poverty line cannot afford a lawyer to resolve non-criminal legal problems involving such issues as spousal abuse, eviction, child custody and consumer fraud. But government-financed legal-aid programs that have long helped fill the gap are at risk.
July 29, 2011
“Future of Libraries”
The myriad challenges facing libraries raise questions about their future: Should the physical library shrink as books, journals and other materials increasingly become available in digital form? What role will libraries play if e-books come to dominate the reading experience? And should public libraries be privatized in an effort to save money?
April 15, 2011
More than 110,000 Americans are on organ-transplant waiting lists, as demand for kidneys, lungs, hearts and other donated organs far exceeds supply.