Committing to “Committed”Two years after my mother’s suicide, I’m finally comfortable talking about it—on my own terms.
Dr. Banting’s Miracle DrugA hundred years ago, a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes meant certain death for children. Insulin changed that—and spurred a powerful myth.
We’re Letting Meals on Wheels, One of Our Best Senior Programs, Slowly Wither and DieOur population is aging rapidly, and one of the best sources of support remains chronically underfunded.
A Begrudging Defense of Dog ClothesFor some breeds, an extra layer or two really is good for their health.
A Brief History of FatFat is a complex organ, as essential to human life as the heart or liver. Why do we hate it?
What the Gardasil Testing May Have MissedThere’s no evidence that the HPV vaccine causes serious harm, but an investigation shows the trials weren’t designed to properly assess safety.
Smoke From California’s Wildfires Will Only Get WorseAs more areas are blanketed in unhealthy air particles, it’s important to have a plan.
Hurricane Maria’s Actual Death Toll May Be 17 Times Higher Than the Current Official CountThe government says 62 people died. The data says more like 1,052.
Could Pharmacists Help Fix Health Care?The CVS-Aetna merger might be the first step toward changing their role. Evidence and history suggest this could be the right move.
Kellyanne Conway Is a Partisan Show HorseThat’s exactly why Trump picked her to “fix” the opioid problem—he wants to seem like he’s doing something.
Where’s the Outrage Against This Attack on the ACA?The tax bill isn’t just about taxes—it has medical consequences for millions of Americans, and we need to keep fighting it.
The Power of the PlaceboA recent study revealed that stents are likely ineffective at relieving chest pain. Why didn’t we know that?
Trump Blames Shooting on “Mental Health,” a Policy Area He Is Also Actively UnderminingEven if mental illness was the problem, the president’s record on helping Americans access care is embarrassing.
Is Watching the News Actually Bad for Your Health?A gym chain has banned cable news from its TVs because they interfere with its “healthy way of life philosophy.”
Will Puerto Rico’s Official Death Count From Maria Ever Be Accurate?An accurate count helps us better direct aid.
The New Documentary Heal Makes Important Points About Staying PositiveBut in its effort to inspire, it misses some key points about medicine and health.
It’s Illegal for Hospitals to Not Provide Translation Services. So Why Is Proper Translation Still Scarce?It’s actually much more expensive to not provide translation.
Life Expectancy Is Down, Again, Thanks to OpioidsWe’re not really doing much of anything to solve this problem.
Why Is Slate Questioning Gardasil?The benefits of the HPV vaccine still outweigh any potential harms. But the scientific process behind Gardasil was flawed, and the public deserves to know that.
One Hasty Study Doesn’t Mean That “Man Flu” Is RealBut a whole body of scientific research does suggest that men are more vulnerable to respiratory infections, and we don’t know why.
There Is a Very Useful Test We Could Use to Track Politicians’ Cognitive DeclineEveryone gets slower as they age. The unusualness of this decline can be tracked with data.
You Don’t Need to Change Your Birth Control Method Due to the New Study on Cancer RiskYou can, of course. But big studies like this are more relevant to public health, not personal health.
Could Ivana Trump Have Conceived Three Children While She Had an IUD?The device has failed before but statistically speaking, this is extremely unlikely.
More and More Americans Are Learning Basic First Aid for Gunshot WoundsIn the wake of several mass shootings, learning how to stanch bleeding is becoming increasing popular.
It’s Not Just OpioidsOverdoses are happening at an increasingly fast rate. Mixing opioids with alcohol and sleeping pills is probably making it worse.
How to Listen to and Support Victims of Sexual TraumaBearing witness to trauma is so hard that it has historically impeded our ability to help. We must change that.
Stock Photos Are Terrible at Depicting Illness, Mental or PhysicalBut stock photographers are working hard to make them better.