Environment

Satellite data can be used to assess the health impact of dust storms and the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Additional applications could be on the horizon.

Health care leaders look for ways to scale back an outsized carbon footprint.

The most common victims of extreme weather events are older people. New research looks into how the health system fails them, and how it can be fixed.

Climate change becomes a flashpoint for a new generation of physician activists.

Slowing climate change is important for our health long term. But cleaning up polluted skies will also yield immediate health benefits.

A new technology quickly spreads genetic mutations in the wild. Who will keep it from getting out of hand?

Public health physician Barry Levy sends a warning about climate change.

Warming temperatures may be causing a global wave of kidney disease.

China’s air pollution provides chilling statistics on air quality and its relationship to disease and life expectancy.

Research in space, absent gravity’s pull, is shedding light on earthbound problems, from osteoporosis to immune deficiencies.

From lead to mercury to trichloromethane, we’re awash in chemicals, but researchers are still trying understand how our exposure affects us.

Eric Chivian, founder of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, worries that some medical mysteries may remain forever unsolved as a result of global climate change.

Top Stories

In 1922 the Berlin woman became the first to undergo gender-affirming surgery.

A century ago, chemist Søren Sørensen invented what would become a crucial diagnostic tool: the pH scale.

A novel coronavirus would come to affect every ward, clinician, researcher and patient at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Selected Reads

For decades, a tiny encampment of researchers has held that statin treatment is a hoax. In a time when contrarian views roar to life on social media, how can medicine keep minority opinions from doing irreparable harm?

Two years in deep space will subject the body to unprecedented stresses. Scientists are probing the secrets to survival.

A freak explosion tore through the quiet Nova Scotian city, prompting one of the most dramatic medical responses in history.