Scientists are figuring out that our microbiomes — those multitudes of bacteria, viruses and fungi in our guts — affect far more than just digestion.
A new analysis suggests exposure to insecticides could pose a significant threat to the health of young children.
New research suggests a quarter of your skin cells may have already mutated, making you one step closer to getting skin cancer. What can be done to prevent further damage?
Ryan Green created the video game "That Dragon, Cancer" to tell the story of his son’s struggle with cancer — and cope with it himself. His son didn’t survive, but he hopes the game lives on and helps others understand how families deal with such tragedies.
It has long been accepted that seeing your doctor on a regular basis and getting regular screenings is good for your health. That's not necessarily true, a doctor and professor says in a new book.
There are vast racial differences in the occurrence of cancer — in breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. And there's a great deal of difference in the mortality rates in men who are black and men who are white as well.
The new NOVA special, "Vaccines: Calling the Shots," explores the lingering global resistance to vaccination campaigns. Case studies from around the world explain just how bad the impact can be when groups opt out of childhood shots.
Research just published in Environmental Health Perspectives identifies the most frequently encountered breast carcinogens and suggests ways people can reduce their exposure — and hopefully reduce their risk of breast cancer.
A new graphic from The World illustrates how more and more people in developing countries are taking up smoking, while people in developing nations are quitting. In much of the developing world, lung cancer is well on its way to becoming a leading cause of death, and experts predict tobacco deaths will shift dramatically from the rich to the poor in the 21st century.
Richard Horton, editor of the medical journal The Lancet, criticizes governments and foundations for overlooking cancer as an important issue in the developing world. In an interview with reporter Joanne Silberner, Horton urges political leaders to take up the cause.