public-health

Wonkbook: The policy implications of America’s Ebola response

Here are some side effects in the Ebola response.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Oct 3, 2014

Wonkbook: Ebola is in the U.S. Here’s how officials will try to stop it.

Ebola is here, but you shouldn't panic.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Oct 1, 2014

Wonkbook: The growing U.S. fight against Ebola

WHO warns that Ebola cases could top 20,000.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Aug 29, 2014

The case for an antibiotics tax

The FDA is trying to crack down on antibiotics use on farms. These economists say there's a better way.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 13, 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

The health effects of a nuclear test can last decades

Toxic plumes created 50 or 60 years ago still cast long shadows on human lives.

  • Harold Pollack
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  • Nov 10, 2013

Here’s how calorie counts can backfire

McDonald's is using calorie counts to advertise its most fattening meals.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 17, 2013

Recessions used to make people live longer. Not anymore.

The weirdest finding in economics is no longer true.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 13, 2013

Childhood obesity is falling, and the CDC has a map to prove it

We don't know why childhood obesity is declining. But we do have pretty good proof that its actually happening.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Aug 6, 2013

Porn is everywhere. But that’s not what’s killing marriage.

If it really cares about families, the Family Research Council is focusing on the wrong stuff.

Looks like the U.S. is winning its war on childhood obesity

Results from states, cities, and counties show modest but encouraging slim-downs.

How Frank Lautenberg changed public health in America

He was responsible for the smoking ban on airplanes, the minimum drinking age, and the current laws against drunk driving.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 3, 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

Fluoridation fails in Portland by 20-point margin

This was, according to the Oregonian, the fourth time the city has voted against fluoridation since 1956.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • May 22, 2013

Swastikas and ‘witch hunts’: On the front lines of the fluoride wars

"Anti-fluoride members of the community hired private detectives to find some 'dirt' on the Superintendent and were ultimately successful in driving him out of town."

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • May 21, 2013

A brief history of America’s fluoride wars

The fluoridation war is alive in Portland.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • May 21, 2013

Bill Gates: ‘Death is something we really understand extremely well’

Bill Gates wants to save a lot of lives. In this interview, he tells me how.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 17, 2013

The deadly consequences of a cut in the beer tax

The BEER Act would take the excise tax on ales and lagers back to 1990 levels. That means more violence and car accidents.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 10, 2013

Want to fight terrorism? Learn first aid.

Watching the Boston footage, I couldn’t help wondering: If I were present in some emergency, would I actually know how to help?

  • Harold Pollack
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  • Apr 18, 2013
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