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The Goldwater Rule Is Irrelevant

Trump’s mental health is not what makes him unfit for the job, and saying it is does nothing but perpetuate stigma.

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July 26 2017 5:01 PMTransgender Service Members’ Medical Costs Are Not a “Burden”They’re valid, and they’d be cheaper than what the military currently pays for Viagra.
Medical Examiner
July 25 2017 7:15 AMAmerica Should Adapt New Zealand’s Method of Handling Medical Malpractice CasesIf you ask doctors about the barriers to providing affordable care, they’ll inevitably bring up medical malpractice suits. We can fix that—other countries have.
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July 21 2017 5:56 PMA Tennessee Jail Is Offering Vasectomies for Reduced Prison TimeThat’s wildly unethical.
Science
July 20 2017 2:05 PMWhat Good Is Fear?As we face down the existential threat of climate change, it’s worth considering how fear of nuclear war has spurred humanity into action.
Science
July 20 2017 12:44 PMMisguided Attempt to Free Thousands of Minks Goes Horribly WrongInstead of running free, most of the minks have died. 
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July 19 2017 4:49 PMTwo of This Summer’s Tropical Storms Will Be Named Don and HilaryThe extremely apt names are the result of chance—not a misguided attempt at humor.
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July 14 2017 6:41 PMMan Charged for Killing Eagle That Was Eating Too Many FishEagles may no longer be endangered, but they are certainly still protected.
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July 14 2017 7:35 AMCould a Tuberculosis Outbreak Happen Here?We’re creating a series of conditions that make it more likely.
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July 13 2017 5:50 AMAre Diets Just Placebos?The idea is at least worth considering—and it would explain a lot of strange things about how dieting works. 
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July 12 2017 12:51 PMYou Can Now Buy Chocolate Powder to SnortThis bizarre product was originally created for the Rolling Stones and is totally legal. Is it dangerous?
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July 10 2017 6:43 PMAlarmism Is the Argument We Need to Fight Climate ChangeNew York magazine’s global-warming horror story isn’t too scary. It’s not scary enough.
Medical Examiner
July 6 2017 11:01 AMDoctors and Nurses Need to Treat BCRA as a Medical EmergencyThis isn’t about politics, it’s about health.
Medical Examiner
July 5 2017 5:50 AMWe Need More Doctors With DisabilitiesOne-fifth of all Americans have a disability, but less than 1 percent of doctors do. That’s slowly starting to change—to the benefit of medicine and patients.
Science
July 3 2017 5:55 AMSpend Your Money on Whatever You WantYes, the common wisdom suggests that spending on experiences will make you happier, but new data serves as a reminder that these scientific theories might not be as strong as we think.
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June 30 2017 5:14 PMDo Neonics Hurt Bees? Researchers and the Media Say Yes. The Data Do Not. A new, landmark study provides plenty of useful information. If only we could interpret it accurately.
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July 25 2017 4:48 PMOur Unfounded Medical OptimismCharlie Gard’s saga exposed a flaw in our perception of medicine: We are too quick to think new treatments will work.
Medical Examiner
July 24 2017 9:30 AMLessons on Flatulence From a Fart ArtistJoseph Pujol was once the highest-paid performer at the Moulin Rouge. His talent was … unusual.
Science
July 21 2017 9:03 AMDe Blasio Wants to Dramatically Reduce NYC’s Rat Population. Don’t Hold Your Breath.Like many of the mayor’s other reported successes, the big wins indicate statistical sleight of hand.
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July 20 2017 1:20 PMHere’s How We Made Our Study ReproducibleThe reproducibility crisis has forced scientists to make necessary changes—here’s what we’re doing.
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July 19 2017 5:01 PMWhat to Do if Your Bedroom Is Invaded by Tens of Thousands of BeesThis keeps happening.
Medical Examiner
July 14 2017 6:52 PMPlease Don’t Panic Over the Chemicals in Your Mac and CheeseA recent New York Times story raised concerns but missed some key facts.
Science
July 14 2017 11:19 AMToo Hot to FlyPhoenix’s heat wave grounded planes and stranded customers. It’s about to become much more common.
Education
July 13 2017 12:02 PMWe Know Ways to Teach Kids With AutismMost schools just don’t use them.
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July 12 2017 6:33 PMA Delaware-Size Iceberg Broke Off Antarctica. Who’s to Blame?Climate change isn’t behind this one—and it won’t cause sea level rise, either.
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July 11 2017 5:55 AMThe Gruesome Truth About Lab-Grown MeatIt’s made by using fetal cow blood.
Medical Examiner
July 10 2017 5:55 AMCongress Has Forgotten America’s Biggest Health Care ProblemThe critical question is not who gets care and who doesn’t, but how it’s delivered.
Climate Desk
July 5 2017 9:00 AMClimate Change Will Also Exacerbate Wealth InequalityNew data make stunning predictions about how climate change will affect specific regions of the United States.
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July 3 2017 10:45 AMHow to Celebrate the Fourth of July While Minimizing Bird CarnageFireworks terrify birds. But if you must, public displays are a better option.
Medical Examiner
July 3 2017 5:15 AMRural Americans Already Have Poor Health Care. Trump’s Policies Will Hurt Further.His immigration ban and cuts to Medicaid will combine to exacerbate a physician shortage that threatens rural Americans’ health.
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June 30 2017 7:23 AMMental Health Problems Don’t Disappear if You Don’t Have InsuranceMy work at a safety net hospital in Chicago has shown me the various paths patients with mental illness face. The path insurance can provide is both healthier and cheaper.

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