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.
Jan. 7, 2011
Enrollments at for-profit schools, known as career colleges, have more than tripled since 2000. But a government investigation exposed deception in recruitment and admissions at several schools, while congressional hearings have questioned the high levels of debt and low graduation rates among students.
Oct. 1, 2010
One-third of children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Public-health experts blame a multitude of factors, including America's “obesogenic” environment, which promotes increased portion size, non-healthful foods and physical inactivity.
“Democracy in Southeast Asia”
Indonesia is the world's third-largest democracy. But while Indonesia is consolidating its democratic institutions and slowly making progress against endemic corruption, democracy elsewhere in Southeast Asia is in distress.
April 2, 2010
Breast cancer mortality rates have been declining, most probably the result of early detection and better treatment. Yet disagreements continue about when to begin mammography screening and how to treat the “zero stage” breast cancers that screening detects.
“Terrorism and the Internet”
In the late 1990s, terrorist organizations operated or controlled about a dozen Web sites. A decade later, there were more than 7,000, and Internet executives and law enforcement officials are debating how government and industry should respond.
April 10, 2009
The number of companies declaring bankruptcy is rising, and an increasing number want government help.
April 18, 2008
Lack of funding, excessive caseloads, high turnover of underpaid lawyers, poor training and judicial interference are blamed for a crisis in the state systems that provide indigent defendants with public counsel.
Aug. 18, 2006
“Drinking on Campus”
Rates of binge drinking and its often-devastating outcomes have remained remarkably stable over time, despite attempts to reduce alcohol consumption on campus. Too many college alcohol programs are not supported by research.