Medical Examiner
Medical Examiner
Dec. 13 2016 4:30 PME-Cigarettes Might Be the Best Addiction to HaveThe surgeon general just released a landmark report, but the findings aren’t strong enough to warrant many regulations.
Dec. 5 2016 11:44 AMTrump Isn’t an Anti-Vaxxer. He’s a Slow Vaxxer.His position is still a nonsensical attack on science. It also helps explain his appeal.
Nov. 28 2016 5:53 AMIs PMS Real?Or is it just a figment of our menstruation-fearing culture?
Nov. 17 2016 2:25 PMThe Major FallWhat killed Leonard Cohen is one of the rising causes of death among the elderly. Here’s how you can protect yourself.
Nov. 15 2016 3:09 PMOur Patients Need UsIn the wake of this election, doctors need to recommit to patient advocacy no matter what our politics are.
Oct. 31 2016 10:14 AMHow to Talk About Mental Illness Without Relying on StrengthDonald Trump’s comments on mental illness are awful, but not unusual.
Oct. 26 2016 5:15 AMWe’ve Misdiagnosed the Problem With Donald TrumpIt’s not what’s in his head that matters. It’s what’s in ours.
Oct. 20 2016 4:53 PMThe Medical Complexity of “Late-Term” AbortionsThe rhetoric employed by Donald Trump refuses to recognize the reality of these situations.
Oct. 12 2016 7:20 PMIt’s OK to Speculate About Trump’s Mental HealthBut even if he were officially diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, that shouldn’t disqualify him from the presidency.
Oct. 7 2016 11:36 AMThe Insanity of Doctor RecertificationEven the American Board of Internal Medicine knows this test is worthless. So why am I still taking it?
Sept. 26 2016 7:00 AMStop Asking the Candidates to Release Their Medical RecordsTwo of our best presidents were ill. Others died randomly of unpredictable infections. It’s time to move on.
Sept. 23 2016 7:30 AMCan Masturbating College Freshmen Actually Clog a Shower Drain?Each September, a hoax mocking 18-year-olds’ excessive masturbation circulates on the internet. But what does the science say?
Sept. 16 2016 4:09 PMIn a New Short Documentary, Netflix Takes on DeathThe result exposes the central tension in end-of-life care decisions.
Sept. 13 2016 7:00 AMA College Tuition Payment for Your Spare Kidney?A new bill proposes an alternative way to compensate people for their organ donation. We should try it.
Sept. 12 2016 7:47 AMCould a Zika Vaccine Break the Vaccine Stalemate?The new drug could restart the polarized conversation about the benefit of vaccines.
Dec. 13 2016 9:00 AMThe FDA Should Approve Drugs Based on Evidence, Not EmotionsA new bill and Donald Trump could come together to undermine the FDA’s ability to safeguard the public from dangerous new drugs.  
Nov. 30 2016 9:17 AMWe Know How to Treat Opioid AddictionBut our antiquated conceptions of addicts prevent us from doing so.
Nov. 23 2016 1:27 PMDon’t Give Kids Under 12 Cold and Cough MedicineKids aren’t just tiny adults—these medicines haven’t been proven safe for them. So try these remedies instead.
Nov. 16 2016 5:21 PMHomeopathic Medicines Will Carry Labels Saying They’re UnscientificBut for the people buying them, this will make them even more attractive.
Nov. 10 2016 4:39 PMThe Five Stages of Grief Aren’t Real, but Trump Anxiety IsGrieve however you want. Here are some ways to cope.
Oct. 28 2016 8:31 AMDo Acetaminophen’s Risks Outweigh the Benefits?The drug has been around for so long it’s accepted as useful. But it shouldn’t be.
Oct. 21 2016 12:20 PMIs Your Birth Control Making You Depressed?It’s possible. But we shouldn’t abandon hormonal birth control en masse just yet.
Oct. 18 2016 10:23 AMThe Right to Remain HIPAA-ProtectedThe NY/NJ bombing suspect appeared in court via video conference, which seems to have violated HIPAA.
Oct. 12 2016 10:40 AMYour Doctor’s Party Shouldn’t MatterHealth care may be a political topic, but your relationship with your doctor shouldn’t be.
Oct. 6 2016 3:11 PMIs There a Cap on Human Life Span?A recent study suggests there’s a limit. But that’s not taking the long view.
Sept. 23 2016 2:00 PMGet Out of Jail Free?When two mentally ill inmates came into my care I realized they needed medical care, not jail. So I bounced them.
Sept. 22 2016 5:30 AMDEA Blocks Research Into Promising Opioid AlternativesThe DEA’s draconian drug policies have already made medical marijuana research more difficult.
Sept. 15 2016 10:16 PMPatient Trump in the Land of OzWe didn’t learn much about Trump’s health Thursday, but we learned plenty about what’s wrong with America’s medical system.
Sept. 12 2016 4:06 PMMedical Records Won’t Tell Us Anything Useful About the Candidates’ HealthThe “concern” over Clinton’s pneumonia is about politics, not medical precision.
Sept. 8 2016 10:57 AMMSNBC Should Not Replay Live Footage Each 9/11It may be good for ratings, but for those who were there—and even for many who weren’t—it can be traumatizing.