What Environmental Factors Cause Autism?Experts can rattle off autism-linked genes, but other risks are very hard to pin down.
How Coffee Became a CarcinogenThe World Health Organization’s classification system is seriously flawed.
Do-It-Yourself Medical TechnologyThese gadgets are more powerful than ever, and they can be wonderful or terrible.
Why It’s So Difficult to Diagnose Autism in GirlsClinicians need to look beyond tools developed for boys.
Ebola Is Not Over When It’s OverSurvivors are suffering from serious complications, and they need help.
Does Contraception Reduce Abortions?The relationship is surprisingly ambiguous—until you look at the best evidence.
Do Chewing Sounds Make You Crazy?The condition has a name—misophonia—and a very small but contentious community of researchers.
Facilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t DieThis discredited technique for communicating with profoundly disabled people is being pushed into public schools.
Slate Voice: “Sick and Far From Home”Listen to Mark Joseph Stern read about the Mormon missionaries who lacked adequate health care during their service abroad.
Sick and Far From HomeMormons who fell dangerously ill on their missions say the church denied them access to medical care.
Cornering the Market on Essential DrugsGenerics companies were supposed to make drugs cheaper, but some have become the new villains of health care.
Vaccines Are Not to BlameA decade before the measles vaccine panic, parents feared this vaccine could harm their children.
Shame on People Who Fat-ShameObesity isn’t nearly as bad for your health as poverty is. Let’s extend the logic …
Life After AutismA small percentage of children diagnosed with autism lose the core symptoms and their diagnosis.
Want to Donate Your Body to Science? Call Me.I feel lucky to have worked for an ethical business in such a loosely regulated industry.
Africa’s Year Without PolioThe unglamorous but effective global search for every last trace of a terrible disease.