public health

The Other African AIDS Orphans

June 24, 2010

The World Cup in South Africa has rightly given the people of the continent reason to celebrate and show off their ability to host an international party. But there remain severe political, economic, and health problems in Africa that a month-long [Read more]

What the Haiti Earthquake Built

June 16, 2010

Photos by Cheryl Reed How do you turn a massive health crisis like the Haiti earthquake into a medical journal article? The chaos following the 7.2 earthquake that killed more than 200,000, injured 300,000, and left hundreds of thousands more [Read more]

To Reveal or Not to Reveal

March 11, 2010

At the heart of every trial involving human subjects, there’s a conflict. The investigators design their study to find the most accurate answer to a particular scientific question, be it the efficacy of a new drug or the incidence of disease [Read more]

Stretching Out Your Sex Life

March 10, 2010

No, the blog has not been hijacked by spammers. Radio silence was necessary yesterday as a I fielded media calls for a new study in the British Medical Journal on the eyebrow-raising subject of “sexually active life expectancy.” Stacy [Read more]