What’s Your Death Plan?Just one-third of Americans have a plan for end-of-life care. We need to do better.
Anger Isn’t a Mental Illness. Can We Treat It Anyway?We’ve seen it in mass shootings again and again—anger is the predecessor to violence. Can we find these people, and help them before they kill?
No, the New Organ Discovery Doesn’t Explain AcupunctureA new study offers up an intriguing new idea, but we should be careful about how we interpret it.
If You’ve Self-Diagnosed on the Internet, Should You Tell Your Doctor?Internet etiquette has changed since WebMD first came around.
Basic CPR Doesn’t Help Gunshot WoundsRick Santorum’s suggestion is medically ridiculous, and it betrays a worrisome misunderstanding of gun violence.
“Right to Try” Is Merely “Thoughts and Prayers” for the Terminally IllThe House is set to pass the meaningless legislation this week.
Learning How to Eat Again After Recovering From AddictionAs part of a growing movement to provide comprehensive care to people in recovery, a new class aims to help them re-establish a relationship with food.
The Made-Up Story About How Big Sugar Shifted the Blame to FatIt’s certainly tempting to blame corporate bad guys, but the sugar industry didn’t cook up the low-fat diet.
Running From the PainExercise can be a very effective way to treat depression. So why don’t American doctors prescribe it?
Are We Reviving Too Many Opioid Overdoses? Is This Really a Question?A new paper suggests the overdose-reversing drug naloxone presents a “moral hazard.” The economists’ case is built on an immoral premise.
The Only Certainty in Reproductive Health Is UncertaintyLena Dunham’s painful essay about her hysterectomy should remind us that medicine is highly individual and often outside of our control.
Trump Doesn’t Care About What Actually Causes ViolenceAnger, not mental illness, is most associated with violence. And our president stokes it.
How to Find Shelter in the Storm of #MeTooThe current public litigation around sexual misconduct has been exhausting and grueling, especially for survivors. But there’s a way forward.
Yes, Studying the Humanities Might Make You a Better DoctorIn moments of medical crisis, you need a doctor who can help you navigate uncertainty.
Abortion Reversal Seems Possible. We Still Shouldn’t Promote It.An extremely small percentage of women regret starting a medication abortion. This can help them, but it shouldn’t be pushed on everyone.
Pill Limits Are Not a Smart Way to Fight the Opioid CrisisHow much to prescribe, and to whom, is a complicated medical question.
We’re Not Really Sure How to Assess the Concussions of Athletes With Learning DisabilitiesThe diagnostic tools we use to assess concussions don’t work as well on everyone.
The New Spending Bill Could Finally Pave the Way for Federal Research on Gun ViolenceCDC funds haven’t been dedicated to the topic in more than 20 years.
Trump’s Call to Execute Drug Dealers May Be Dictator-Inspired, but Its Roots Are All-AmericanThe president’s idea isn’t that outlandish—it’s the natural endpoint of our current policies.
Theranos Is What Happens When Biomedicine Gets to Play by Silicon Valley’s RulesThe people behind real medical advances show their work. Elizabeth Holmes thought she didn’t have to, and thanks to her PR wizardry, she basically got away with it.
Why Not Get Your Drugs at the Barbershop?Barbers used to perform surgery on their clients—they could certainly dole out medication today.
Trump Is Putting Us on Course for a Global Health DisasterBy refusing to invest in proven programs and focusing on divisive rhetoric, the president is undermining our nascent global health partnerships.
Type 1 Diabetes Is No Longer Just for KidsThe disease, once assumed to always start in childhood, can show up at any stage of life. And patients are having a tricky time getting the right diagnosis.
How Safe Injection Facilities Could Reduce Fentanyl OverdosesFentanyl has perhaps been the most intractable part of the opioid crisis, but new strategies being deployed in San Francisco and Philadelphia might help.
Are IV Bags Necessary to Rehydrate Patients?In the months since Hurricane Maria, U.S. hospitals have dealt with an IV bag shortage. It turns out that might not be such a bad thing.
The New Puzzle of DiabetesMost diabetic patients in the West are obese. In India, they’re not. What’s going on?
In 2018, Should We Take Ubers or Ambulances to the Hospital?The question of transportation is actually not that new. Here’s what the experts advise.