There’s a good debate going on in America about monuments and memorials for past historic figures and events. Simply making people more aware of history these days is a plus, and thinking about the reasons these durable expressions were created is always appropriate. If they were intended to…

The opioid crisis has sharpened what already was a growing concern that drug companies might be directly influencing what medicines are prescribed by doctors. With many addictions to opioids and heroin beginning with a prescription for a powerful pain reliever, payments to prescribing physic…

American mothers a century ago largely gave up the habit of nursing their infants for at least the first several months of their lives. Not only did this go against 200,000 years of natural human behavior, it also defied an effort by the U.S. medical community to maintain breastfeeding.

Over the past couple of decades, a housing-first model for helping homeless people has gained traction among American social services providers. It prioritizes stabilizing a person’s life with permanent housing, instead of first requiring measures of progress such as overcoming addictions or…

The tragic mishandling of the water system in Flint, Michigan, made the nation aware last year of the risk of lead in drinking water. That prompted the discovery that half the school buildings in Newark — which average 92 years old — had elevated levels of lead in their drinking water.

When Stockton University removed a sculpture of its namesake late last month and received an outpouring of criticism in response, it said it hoped the affair would be “a teachable moment” for students and the community. We agree and hope the university’s administrators have learned their les…