The 2001 anthrax attacks illustrate that investigating and solving public health crimes and bioterrorist attacks is extremely difficult; federalizing the system would help.
The world's forests do more than preserve biodiversity and absorb carbon dioxide -- they also help prevent the emergence of deadly infectious diseases.
An unprecedented Q fever outbreak in the Netherlands shows that a more unified approach to agriculture and public health is badly needed.
Poor sanitation and lack of clean water -- not UN peacekeepers -- are to blame for the outbreak.
With the H1N1 vaccine in short supply and the flu epidemic recently declared a national emergency, hospitals will be overcrowded--meaning most health care for flu victims will happen at home.
If an epidemic is caused by a novel agent that science hasn't figured out, leaders must use their best judgment and common sense in making policy decisions. Untold numbers of lives may depend on it.
In a public health crisis, there may be many opposing viewpoints and suggestions for action. All the more reason for elected officials to mediate disputes and unite people toward a common cause.
How leaders react to health crises provides many lessons for effective crisis response. The columnist's new book demonstrates how improving leadership can benefit or worsen a public health crisis.
A strategy as simple, cheap, and effective as improving hand hygiene can be highly effective during an influenza pandemic.
Sixty-four years after her father witnessed Hiroshima's aftereffects, the columnist asks whether her children will ever have to experience the consequences of nuclear war.
Since its inception, DHS has been plagued with bureaucratic infighting and a bloated mandate, leaving the United States unprepared for a future terrorist attack or natural disaster.
World health officials are working to contain the spread of the current H1N1 flu epidemic. But they also need to figure out how to contain the hysteria that came with it.
Whether elected officials are properly prepared will be critical during the worsening swine flu crisis. The absence of key federal-level health officials doesn't help the situation.
If doctors, nurses, and pilots need a license to practice medicine, nursing, and fly planes, shouldn't anyone working with dangerous dual-use pathogens be licensed as well?
In recent years, the world's oceans have grown sicker and sicker, endangering sea life and humans alike.
More and more, mathematical models are being used to develop strategies to combat epidemics such as Britain's 2001 foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. But are they helpful?
For Washington to respond effectively to a bioterrorist attack, the CDC must be allowed to help lead the investigation--no matter where the attack occurs.
Bats are a Halloween fixture given their vampiric lore, but a better understanding of their ecology, biology, and immunology could aid public health.