New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight

By SHEILA KAPLAN July 22, 2017 When she was health commissioner of Georgia, the state with one of the highest rates of child obesity, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald faced two enormous challenges: How to get children to slim down and how to pay for it. Her answer to...

Opioid Prescriptions Fall After 2010 Peak, C.D.C. Report Finds

By ABBY GOODNOUGH July 6, 2017 WASHINGTON — The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010, a new federal analysis has found, with prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses dropping most sharply — by 41...

5% of U.S. Pregnant Women With Zika Had Baby With a Birth Defect

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS June 8, 2017 Five percent of pregnant women with a confirmed Zika infection in the United States territories, including Puerto Rico, went on to have a baby with a related birth defect, according to the most comprehensive report...

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Trouble Bioterrorism Experts

By EMILY BAUMGAERTNER May 28, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Trump has promoted his first budget proposal as placing one mission above all else — keeping America safe. But the president has drawn a narrow definition of national security, and one...