The government is still stocking vending machines with junk food

More than 75 percent of of all items found in public food vending machines are candy, chips, and cookies.

The states where Americans are the most and least obese

The South is weighing this country down.

Childhood obesity mirrors the nation’s racial divide

The nation is celebrating this morning news that the obesity rate for children age 2 to 5 plummeted over the last decade. But one of the sadder parts of the study was that the nation's obesity rate is a reflection of the nation's racial divide: Blacks and Hispanics suffer much higher levels of obesity compared to whites.

India has eradicated polio

The country had 741 infections in 2009, but not a single one in 2012 or 2013.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 13, 2014

How’s That New Obamacare Plan Working Out?

Six million Americans got new health insurance on Jan. 1 because of the Affordable Care Act, and we want to know how it's going for you.

  • Sandhya Somashekhar and Sarah Kliff
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  • Health Care
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  • Jan 3, 2014

Emily Oster’s graph of the year: Why is the U.S. falling behind in life expectancy?

This chart demonstrates not only how low our life expectancy is relative to other developed countries, but also how far we have fallen even in the last 30 years.

  • Wonkblog
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  • Dec 26, 2013

The FDA is cracking down on antibiotics on farms. Here’s what you should know.

A basic primer: Why antibiotic resistance is a problem, what farms have to do with it, and why some people think the FDA's rules don't go far enough.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 14, 2013

Should the FDA stop you from scaring yourself with 23andMe’s DNA test?

The risk posed by 23andMe is closer to that posed by or fortune tellers.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 6, 2013

This drug could make a huge dent in heroin addiction. So why isn’t it used more?

Buprenorphine addiction treatment produces some embarrassing news stories. It also saves lives

  • Harold Pollack
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  • Nov 23, 2013

Americans are fat, stressed, and unhealthy

The World Economic Forum, sponsors of the exclusive, c-level talkfest held every year in Switzerland, knows what is wrong with Americans.

Taking antibiotics you don’t really need might kill you

"More than two million people are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections, with at least 23,000 dying as a result."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 16, 2013

Obamacare supporters are doing lots of door-knocking. It might not work.

Enroll America plans to go door-to-door to urge uninsured people to sign up for health insurance. But will a knock on the door – or eight – be enough?

Is the White House delaying too many health and safety rules?

A new report argues that more than 120 regulations have been stalled by the White House, on everything from mine safety to energy-efficiency standards.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 11, 2013

After 37 years, U.S. chemical-safety laws may finally get an overhaul

A big new Senate bill would revamp a much-criticized 1976 law governing the chemicals in everything from crib mattresses to water bottles.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 22, 2013

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise again. But why?

For the past decade, traffic fatalities have been on a slow, steady decline. Fewer drivers have been crashing their cars each year. And fewer pedestrians have been getting run over by vehicles. Until recently.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 8, 2012
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