Allergies Are Everywhere

People hoping to find an allergy-free haven may be out of luck. A new study has found that no region of the United States is allergy-free, but the kind of allergy people are likely to suffer from varies by region, race and socioeconomic status.

Diagnosing Self-Destruction

Suicide kills twice as many people as murder each year in the United States, and rates in the military recently surpassed those among civilians. But while scientists have identified some risk factors for suicide being white, being male, substance abuse, mental illness — they still have little idea what spurs people to take their own lives.

Getting Insurance to Pay for Midwives

Nearly all births in the United States take place in hospital labor and delivery wards. But in many European countries, midwives attend to a vast majority of pregnancies, often in clinics, resulting in maternity charges that are a fraction of those in the United States.

Why Smoking Rates Are at New Lows

The smoking rate among adults in the United States has dropped again, an encouraging trend that experts on smoking cessation attribute to public policies like smoke-free air laws and cigarette taxes, as well as media campaigns and less exposure to smoking in movies.