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April 16 2018 9:04 AMWhat’s Your Death Plan?Just one-third of Americans have a plan for end-of-life care. We need to do better.
April 6 2018 9:00 AMAnger 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?
April 3 2018 12:34 PMNo, 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.
March 28 2018 11:18 AMIf You’ve Self-Diagnosed on the Internet, Should You Tell Your Doctor?Internet etiquette has changed since WebMD first came around.
March 26 2018 2:38 PMBasic CPR Doesn’t Help Gunshot WoundsRick Santorum’s suggestion is medically ridiculous, and it betrays a worrisome misunderstanding of gun violence.
March 21 2018 11:43 AM“Right to Try” Is Merely “Thoughts and Prayers” for the Terminally IllThe House is set to pass the meaningless legislation this week.
March 20 2018 4:51 PMLearning 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.
March 16 2018 8:00 AMThe 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.
March 12 2018 5:50 AMRunning From the PainExercise can be a very effective way to treat depression. So why don’t American doctors prescribe it?
March 8 2018 1:02 PMAre 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.
Feb. 27 2018 5:31 PMFive Improvements We Should Make to Mental Health CareEven if they won’t prevent gun deaths.
Feb. 21 2018 11:02 AMThe 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.
Feb. 15 2018 2:41 PMTrump Doesn’t Care About What Actually Causes ViolenceAnger, not mental illness, is most associated with violence. And our president stokes it.
Feb. 15 2018 5:58 AMHow 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.
Feb. 8 2018 10:29 AMThe Lie Behind the Right to TryHidden behind all of the Republican rhetoric is the reality that the legislation wouldn’t actually do almost anything.
April 9 2018 9:00 AMYes, Studying the Humanities Might Make You a Better DoctorIn moments of medical crisis, you need a doctor who can help you navigate uncertainty.
April 5 2018 12:17 PMAbortion 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.
March 30 2018 1:53 PMPill Limits Are Not a Smart Way to Fight the Opioid CrisisHow much to prescribe, and to whom, is a complicated medical question.
March 28 2018 9:30 AMWe’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.
March 22 2018 7:02 PMThe 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.
March 20 2018 7:01 PMTrump’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.
March 19 2018 3:20 PMTheranos 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.
March 15 2018 2:52 PMWhy Not Get Your Drugs at the Barbershop?Barbers used to perform surgery on their clients—they could certainly dole out medication today.
March 9 2018 9:00 AMTrump 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.
March 6 2018 2:56 PMType 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.
Feb. 22 2018 2:11 PMHow 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.
Feb. 21 2018 10:00 AMAre 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.
Feb. 15 2018 7:01 AMThe New Puzzle of DiabetesMost diabetic patients in the West are obese. In India, they’re not. What’s going on?
Feb. 12 2018 2:15 PMIn 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.
Feb. 5 2018 7:45 PMWhat David Brooks Misunderstands About AbortionIn his latest column, Brooks tries to barter essential health benefits for more votes. But he fundamentally misunderstands his subject.

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