Innovations: Why the Future of Search and Rescue Might Rely on this Drone

Every year, Switzerland responds to about 1,000 backcountry search-and-rescue (SAR) emergencies—hikers injured in falls, thrill-seekers who’ve gone missing, campers stranded by rock slides or floods. ...


Decoder: Gene Therapy Breakthrough

Since 1989, labs around the world have initiated more than 2,200 clinical trials testing gene therapies, but only a few studies have resulted in government-approved ...


Syrian Doctors Are Saving German Lives — and That’s a Problem

More than 1,500 Syrian physicians are working in Germany. Could this be the death knell for Syria’s medical system?


Across the Middle East, Doctors Are Being Killed Like Never Before

Physicians, nurses and patients are under assault by the Syrian and Russian air campaign and U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen.


A Plea to Presidential Candidate Christie: Please Stop Talking About Zika

As governor of New Jersey, his handling of Ebola quarantines was abysmal. And on the campaign trail, Chris Christie is promising to make the same mistakes all over again—this time with the Zika virus.

The Cable

CDC to Women: Go on Birth Control or Quit Drinking

Among the various medical dictates in common circulation, teetotalism isn’t new. But a new report by the CDC takes previous cautionings further.


The Ebola Rape Epidemic No One’s Talking About

When the outbreak hit West Africa, fevers spiked – and so did rates of teenage pregnancy.


The Zika Virus Isn’t Just an Epidemic. It’s Here to Stay.

A disease never before seen in the Americas may be taking hold permanently, endangering thousands of babies a year. The hunt for a vaccine better start now.

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