March 6, 2017
“Excess brain fluid may predict autism in high-risk babies”
It may be possible to predict autism in infants as young as 6 months who have older siblings with the disorder, according to a news study.
Feb. 10, 2017
“Why do doctors ignore hospital rankings?”
Last year, the government unveiled a new and controversial rating system for hospitals, yet most doctors ignore it and others like it.
Jan. 6, 2017
Donald Trump rode a populist wave to the presidency, vowing to roll back government regulations, renegotiate free-trade agreements, repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes and rebuild infrastructure. An assessment two weeks before his inauguration.
Oct. 28, 2016
Americans spend billions of dollars a year betting on sports, the vast majority of it illegally through offshore websites, local bookies and office pools. But there is a growing debate over whether sports betting should be legalized.
June 17, 2016
“Coal Industry’s Future”
The coal industry is getting crushed as power plants turn to cheap, cleaner natural gas and zero-emissions solar and wind power. Environmentalists want coal-fired electricity plants phased out by 2030, but the industry says coal is needed for a reliable power grid
April 22, 2016
“Managing Western Lands”
Armed protesters who occupied Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge focused national attention on local anger over federal management of public lands in the West. But a quieter rebellion is seeking to force the federal government to relinquish public land to Western states.
Sept. 18, 2015
“Far Right Extremism”
The June massacre of nine African-American worshippers at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., was the most lethal in a string of ideologically motivated post-9/11 attacks committed by far-right extremists. The threat of violence has spurred debate about the strength of the government's efforts to fight far-right extremism.
July 20, 2015
CEOs of some of the largest U.S. companies are paid more than $100 million a year in salary, bonuses, stock and stock options. Some analysts say CEO pay levels are simply a result of the free market. Others say the system for setting pay is broken.
March 20, 2015
Online dating is a multibillion-dollar industry. Yet some researchers say matchmaking algorithms are no better than chance at providing suitable partners, and critics worry that the online abundance of prospective dates is undermining relationships.
Dec. 2, 2014
“As simple as holding hands: Creating bonds when memory fades”
Experts recommend using the senses to bond with those with dementia.
Nov. 25, 2014
“Dad, can you drive? Knowing when an elderly parent needs to stop”
Experts point out the signs of risky driving and say training may help.
Nov. 17, 2014
“Vegetables hit school lunch trays, but most kids don't bite”
Most kids who put a veggie on their lunch tray don’t eat it, but changing the noise level and making other changes to the cafeteria environment can help.
Oct. 31, 2014
“Campus Sexual Assault”
Charges of sexual assault on college and university campuses — and how school officials investigate and adjudicate them — are receiving unprecedented attention.
Sept. 12, 2014
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers, but mental health experts don’t fully understand the causes of suicide.
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.