A Legal Challenge To The Ebola Quarantine Would Probably Fail

On Monday, the state of Maine reached a settlement with a nurse who's been fighting the quarantine restrictions being placed on medical workers who have had contact with ebola patients. With quarantine all over the news these days, could a legal challenge to the practice actually succeed? Probably not. » 11/04/14 11:34am 11/04/14 11:34am

Attacks On Health-Care Workers Are Fueling The Resurgence Of Polio

The Council on Foreign Relations maintains a map of global outbreaks of diseases that are easily prevented by inexpensive vaccines. Today, on World Polio Day, the map includes updated data that dramatically illustrates how violence against health-care workers has led to a polio resurgence in Pakistan. » 10/24/14 8:30am 10/24/14 8:30am

The Legalization of Marijuana Could Reduce Alcoholism

Across the U.S., people are indulging in a drug that is imposing huge costs on themselves and society. It's called alcohol, and its excessive use has led to approximately 88,000 deaths per year. A growing body of research suggests marijuana could lower that number, since people who smoke pot tend to drink less. » 10/10/14 8:30am 10/10/14 8:30am

A Federal Judge Has Struck Down An Anti-GMO Law In Hawaii

Last year, Hawaii's fourth-largest island, Kauai, passed a local ordinance restricting the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. But,a federal judge has ruled the county overstepped its legal authority — which has potentially huge implications for whether local communities across the U.S. can ban GMO crops. » 9/02/14 9:00am 9/02/14 9:00am

States That Legalize Medical Marijuana See Fewer Painkiller Overdoses

As the number of patients who receive opioid prescriptions to treat non-cancer pain has increased in the past decade, so too have the number of overdoses. A new study, however, finds that states that legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010 had 25% fewer annual overdose deaths than the rest of the U.S. » 8/28/14 9:00am 8/28/14 9:00am

The Herd Mentality Of The Anti-Vaxxer Movement

It's not just the myth about autism that's driving down vaccination rates. Many parents believe that as long as most other children are vaccinated, their kids won't get sick. It's a faulty interpretation of "herd immunity" — and it's prompting families to prioritize exaggerated, imagined risks over actual benefits. » 8/26/14 8:50am 8/26/14 8:50am

Did the Superstorm force diseased rats out of the subway?

Humans weren't alone in being displaced earlier this week by the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Video images of flooded subway stations in Lower Manhattan revealed the extent of damage inflicted by the storm surge - flooding that would have surely forced thousands of rats out of the subways and into more populated areas.… » 10/31/12 7:20am 10/31/12 7:20am

Everything you need to know about crapping at the opera before 1830

In case you were wondering how people evacuated their bowels at the London theater in the 19th century, Dr. Michael Burden of the University of Oxford has you covered with his new paper, "Pots, privies and WCs; crapping at the opera in London before 1830." In this edifying study of sanitation in a more fragrant era,… » 5/09/12 7:15am 5/09/12 7:15am