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Why Is U.S. Maternal Mortality So High?

The main reason is not medical errors. It’s poverty and access to health care.

Medical Examiner
May 20 2017 5:55 AMThe Scales Have Tipped on Fish and PregnancyThe benefits of eating fish during pregnancy vastly outweigh the risks. So why do the recommendations still put women off from seafood?
Science
May 18 2017 3:38 PMThe Rhetorical Tricks of Climate Change DeniersThe Culture Gabfest deconstructs a controversial column by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.
Medical Examiner
May 17 2017 10:00 AMTraveling Abroad? Born Before 1989? You May Need a New Measles Vaccination.The wildly contagious virus is still alive and well in Europe, Africa, and Asia—if you’re going there, you might need better protection.
Science
May 12 2017 10:49 AMNo, Wearing Red Doesn’t Make You HotterWear whatever color you want in your dating app profile—science has no firm advice.
Science
May 5 2017 5:56 AMScience Is Broken. How Much Should We Fix It?More rigor in research could stamp out false positive results. It might also do more harm than good.
Medical Examiner
May 1 2017 4:51 PMFemale Genital Mutilation Isn’t a Muslim Issue. It’s a Medical Issue.Politicization of the topic is masking a bigger problem: Many women in the U.S. need medical care regarding it, and we’re ill-equipped to help them.
Science
April 27 2017 9:45 AMBill Nye Can’t Save the WorldHis show likely won’t even reach the people it aims to influence.
Science
April 24 2017 1:27 PMThe Problem With the March for ScienceOur culture’s understanding of science is very, very broken, and on Saturday, it was impossible to ignore.
Medical Examiner
April 20 2017 3:08 PMAaron Hernandez’s Suicide Highlights a Huge Gap in Correctional HealthWe are terrible at assessing suicide risk, in part, because we have very limited means of studying this population.
Science
April 19 2017 4:12 PMScientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix ThingsIt won’t. Try this instead.
Climate Desk
April 13 2017 12:24 PMScott Pruitt Picked the Wrong Coal Mine for His Pro-Coal SpeechThe owners of the mine have been trying to get out of the coal business for years.
Science
April 11 2017 12:21 PMPruitt’s Policies Undermine My Faith in Our FoodI’m a pro-agriculture progressive, but this is a step too far.
Medical Examiner
April 7 2017 10:00 AMTreating Gun Violence as an Epidemic Could Help Us Stanch ItThe metaphor might not be perfect, but it is useful.
Climate Desk
April 5 2017 2:56 PMLiberals, Stop Praising the Brands Knocking TrumpCorporations always do what is best for corporations.
Science
April 3 2017 11:49 AMRunning on EmptyWhen my beloved Volkswagen crashed into “Dieselgate,” I had to get a new car. Could I find one that fit my needs and got good gas mileage?
Medical Examiner
May 18 2017 5:50 PMThanks to Genetic Testing, Everyone Could Soon Have a Pre-Existing ConditionWhich makes the AHCA’s removal of protections so much more frightening.
Cover Story
May 17 2017 9:00 PMDaryl Bem Proved ESP Is RealWhich means science is broken.
Science
May 16 2017 6:34 PM“What Do We Want? Evidence-Based Science!”Anti-Trump activists calling for more peer review in government are giving conservatives exactly what they want.
Science
May 11 2017 4:33 PMTrump’s Disdain for Environmental Regulations Stems From His MisunderstandingHe thinks it’s all about cost, and he seems uninterested in assessing the critical benefits the laws provide.
Medical Examiner
May 3 2017 9:00 AMWillie Parker’s Moral Argument for Choice Made Me a Better DoctorHis book provides the language we’ve been searching for.
Science
April 30 2017 10:52 AMBret Stephens’ First Column for the New York Times Is Classic Climate Change DenialismIt doesn’t outright reject the facts—which makes it all the more insidious.
Climate Desk
April 26 2017 12:27 PMMost Presidents Expand Public Lands. Trump Wants to Limit Them.Coincidentally, his plans might also be illegal.
Science
April 21 2017 5:58 AMDonald Trump Should Not Appoint a Science AdviserHe doesn’t deserve one, and it’s more likely to be a sham than a help.
Science
April 20 2017 10:00 AMJeff Sessions Doesn’t Understand the Necessity of ScienceHis decision to kill the National Commission on Forensic Science betrays a lack of understanding about how to assess good evidence.
Medical Examiner
April 14 2017 9:08 AMThis Dramatic Graph Shows How the Pro-Vaccine Movement Can WinThe anti-vaxxers have relied on their passion to push bad policy. We can beat them—we just have to find ours.
Science
April 12 2017 10:48 AMTwo Years Later, We Finally Know Why People Saw “The Dress” DifferentlyRemember “the dress”? It disrupted our understanding of color, and, yes, it took science two years to catch up. 
Science
April 11 2017 5:55 AMTalking Without TalkingThe case of Anna Stubblefield and “facilitated communication” is back in court. Will previously blocked evidence prove her sex assault victim had the means to consent?
Science
April 6 2017 1:51 PMWilliam Shatner’s Tweets Are a Classic Case of Misinformation SpreadIt was frustrating to watch but also instructive.
Science
April 4 2017 11:53 AMScience Should Not Be a Free-Market EndeavorTheranos’ failure demonstrates the dangers of testing science in the public sphere.
Science
April 3 2017 5:56 AMThe Twentysomething Cliff Is Much Worse When You’re AutisticServices drop off, and jobs are hard to come by. Plus, most research on autism focuses on kids.

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