Who Lives and Who Dies?The most important lessons from decades of global health care.
The Man Who Discovered ThiaminToday, we take vitamin B1 for granted. But it took a horrible, wasting disease—and lots and lots of chickens—for scientists to discover it.
Bespoke Health CarePrecision medicine won’t work without precision questions.
Achieving a Good DeathWhen a patient’s death is inevitable, there are three important things a doctor can do.
Exemption AbuseToo many kindergarteners aren’t getting vaccinated.
What Do Pediatricians Really Think About Anti-Vaxxers?Do they hate them? Pity them?
The Danger of Reading the CommentsPeople trust supposedly credible online sources even for health decisions.
Measles Is HorribleThe anti-vaccine movement is wrong to dismiss the disease’s dangers (as it is wrong about so many things).
The Next EbolasThree factors predict whether a new virus will cause a human pandemic.
Slate Voice: “Disrupting Dentistry”Listen to Slate’s June Thomas read her story on access to dental care.
The Fellowship of the Messed-Up MouthJune Thomas and her editor Laura Helmuth talk about the challenges of reporting on dental care, poverty, and more.
This Year Will Be the YearHow to make New Year’s resolutions succeed.
Whither the Barf Bag?Is airborne vomiting in decline?
In Defense of SkippingTry it! I did.
Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 11 TranscriptRead what David Plotz asked a helicopter paramedic about his workday.
Tug of WarWe’re on the verge of the greatest public health triumph of the 21st century.
Pregnant Workers’ RightsIt’s illegal to discriminate against pregnant women. But employers often do.
Bravo, Julianne Moore and Eddie RedmayneThe best actress and best actor gave stunning, surprisingly medically accurate performances.
Joining the HerdWhat were my New Age parents thinking when they didn’t vaccinate me?
Why Is There a Religious Exemption for Vaccinations?Almost no religions object to them.
Our Health Is Shaped by the Struggles of Our Parents and Grandparents
The Myth of the Good Guy With a GunThe NRA is wrong: Owning a gun is far more likely to harm you than protect you.
Is My Work “Medically Necessary”?How insurance companies try to get around rules for mental health care.
Letting GoGradual withdrawal of care may make end-of-life decisions easier.
Why Am I So Obsessed With Dentistry?I don’t hate dentists. But I am fascinated with them.
Disrupting DentistryHow the poorest kids in Alabama are getting the best care.
The 10 Most Important Medical Stories of 2014What else happened besides the Ebola outbreak?
Something to Sneeze AtNatural remedies that claim to “boost your immune system” don’t work, and it’s a good thing they don’t.
Lyme-IlliterateNew York is about to change its medical misconduct law to protect quacks.
Endless BloodHow smart use of an old technology is saving women’s lives.