The rate of uninsured Americans held steady in 2012, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data, but public health advocates expect numbers to drop dramatically as more people gain insurance under the Affordable Care Act in the coming year.
The U.S. baby boom population is getting older. By 2030, residents born between 1946 and 1964 will make up 20 percent of the population, with 72.1 million Americans ages 65 and older.
Kaiser Permanente’s employee workplace wellness activities have only been operating since 2010, but the effort is already returning real health gains. Read more from this story published in the October 2013 issue of The Nation's Health newspaper.
In the face of rising asthma rates and increasing numbers of floods, heat waves and droughts, President Barack Obama’s administration has been criticized for failing to act strongly enough on climate change.
There are 53 million Hispanics living in the United States today. That number is expected to grow, reaching more than 128 million by 2060, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts.
The doctor traveled from village to village in Pakistan, part of a group of health workers providing vaccinations to prevent disease.
With the look and feel of real cigarettes, electronic cigarettes are experiencing a boom in popularity. But as the product’s popularity rises, so do the unknowns about its potential impact on public health.
President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget for public health falls short in many areas — including reductions to prevention grants — but advances others.
The unique configuration of the Boston Public Health Commission meant that on April 15, when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, public health was on the scene and ready to respond. Read more from this story published in The Nation's Health newspaper.
The work of researchers who study gun violence has been much more difficult for the past 17 years, during which federal funding for gun violence research has been virtually nonexistent.
As director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Linda Birnbaum provides leadership in environmental sciences and looks toward the future of new environmental research. Read the full interview in the March 2013 issue of The Nation's Health.