Do Acetaminophen’s Risks Outweigh the Benefits?The drug has been around for so long it’s accepted as useful. But it shouldn’t be.
Is Your Birth Control Making You Depressed?It’s possible. But we shouldn’t abandon hormonal birth control en masse just yet.
The Right to Remain HIPAA-ProtectedThe NY/NJ bombing suspect appeared in court via video conference, which seems to have violated HIPAA.
Your Doctor’s Party Shouldn’t MatterHealth care may be a political topic, but your relationship with your doctor shouldn’t be.
Is There a Cap on Human Life Span?A recent study suggests there’s a limit. But that’s not taking the long view.
Get 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.
DEA Blocks Research Into Promising Opioid AlternativesThe DEA’s draconian drug policies have already made medical marijuana research more difficult.
Patient 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.
Medical Records Won’t Tell Us Anything Useful About the Candidates’ HealthThe “concern” over Clinton’s pneumonia is about politics, not medical precision.
MSNBC 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.
Zika Originated in Africa. Why Are We So Sure It’s Harmless There?Once again, the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Searching for a Straight Shot to a Zika VaccineThe fastest way to get a vaccine is by injecting volunteers to better learn how the disease works.
Cupping: Mikey Likes It. Scientists Don’t.Can you trust Michael Phelps any more than Gwyneth Paltrow? Probably not.
Get Thee to a HospitalDon’t worry: Medical error is not actually the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
We’ve Misdiagnosed the Problem With Donald TrumpIt’s not what’s in his head that matters. It’s what’s in ours.
The Medical Complexity of “Late-Term” AbortionsThe rhetoric employed by Donald Trump refuses to recognize the reality of these situations.
It’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.
The Insanity of Doctor RecertificationEven the American Board of Internal Medicine knows this test is worthless. So why am I still taking it?
Stop 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.
Can 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?
In a New Short Documentary, Netflix Takes on DeathThe result exposes the central tension in end-of-life care decisions.
A 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.
Could a Zika Vaccine Break the Vaccine Stalemate?The new drug could restart the polarized conversation about the benefit of vaccines.
Testing TraditionsThe World Health Organization has failed to apply scientific rigor to traditional medicines. That’s bad for everyone.
Could a Breathable Mattress Help Your Baby Avoid SIDS?The mattress companies certainly want you to think so, but they’re relying on fear, not science.
Zika Is Spreading, but It Won’t Go FarPast experience with disease spread through the same mosquito has taught us exactly how to stop it.
Treating Pregnant Women With Zika in Real TimeDoctors and patients are learning at the same time. Here’s how one OB-GYN is navigating these complicated choices.
String of LiesOur confusion over dental floss is the result of years of biased research, thanks to the war between floss and mouthwash.