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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

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When Will a Deadly Pandemic Put an End to Worrying About Deadly Pandemics?

Fear-inducing headlines—kind of like this one—might not be such a bad thing.

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Will We Ever Be Able to Figure Out Alzheimer’s?

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?

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When It Comes to Animal Farms, Sometimes Size Doesn’t Matter

It’s frighteningly common for those who cover food issues to assume that smaller farms are safer farms. They may be happier, but they’re not necessarily healthier, as the recent spread of a devastating disease shows.

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Obesity Is a Disease? Then I Give Up. Pass the Pie

New research suggests declaring obesity a disease seems to discourage healthy eating.

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Predicting Epidemics With Internet Search Data

Recent research suggests that evaluating desperate Google queries may be the best way to identify infectious disease outbreaks before they happen.

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Next Steps in U.S.-Iran Diplomacy: Vaccines

Two vaccine scientists—one American, one Iranian—offer a unique way to give the nascent relationship between their two countries a shot in the arm.

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Living in a Bacterial World

The good news: Antibiotics didn’t create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The bad news: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is everywhere.

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The Guerrilla War on Cancer

Will we ever find a cure for cancer? Well, the answer isn’t so simple.

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A Very Weighty Decision

The American Medical Association has officially labeled obesity a disease, but we still don’t know enough about the problem to be sure it fits the established definition.

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

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