The maternal mortality rate in the United States is higher than that of Iran, Palestine, Libya, and Saudi Arabia. The rate has risen since 2000 and is higher than most "high-income locations," according to a study of health factors in 195 nations.
Considering current rates of childhood obesity, by 2025 some 91 million children globally, aged five to 17, will be obese, according to a recent study. A further 268 million will be overweight, it projected.
Two years after Flint, Michigan, residents were exposed to unsafe levels of lead contamination in drinking water and an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, local officials report an outbreak of a highly-contagious gastrointestinal illness, shigellosis.
A projected 604,000 US veterans will not have health insurance in 2017, according to a new report. About 327,000 of those live in states that have not expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.
Potentially unsafe levels of chromium-6, a carcinogenic chemical associated with environmental activist Erin Brockovich, were found in the drinking water supplies of 218 million Americans, according to an analysis of federal water samples.
With only three companies in the world making insulin, steep price jumps over recent decades for the vital drug that combats diabetes amount to "price gouging, plain and simple," according to one US senator.
There is insufficient evidence to prove that antibacterial soaps are superior to plain soap and water for killing germs and preventing illness, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, antibacterial ingredients could be unsafe.
Amid uproar over a 500-percent price increase for allergy treatment EpiPen, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she would empower a drug-pricing oversight board to control price hikes. EpiPen's producer is a donor of the Clinton Foundation.