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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.
Feb. 2 2018 5:45 AMCan We Shame Perpetrators of Sexual Misconduct Into Becoming Better People?Probably. But we need to figure out how to correctly deploy this powerful emotional tool.
Feb. 1 2018 5:43 AMCuba’s Sonic Attacks Show Us Just How Susceptible Our Brains Are to Mass HysteriaThe symptoms so many Americans experienced were probably not caused by a secret weapon. That doesn’t mean they’re not real.
Jan. 23 2018 2:16 PMShe Asked for Help for Postpartum Depression. The Nurse Called the Cops.Our lack of mental–physical health care integration and abysmal postpartum support hurt parents and families.
Jan. 18 2018 6:17 PMHHS’s New Rule Allows Health Care Workers to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People and Abortion SeekersThis isn’t just another form of Trumpian bigotry, which is why we should be even more nervous.
Jan. 18 2018 9:07 AMPeople Struggling With Addiction Need Help. Does Forcing Them Into Treatment Work?It depends on the type of coercion you use.
Jan. 16 2018 6:04 AMWe Should Treat Everyone Like We Treat HIV-Positive PatientsThe Ryan White program is a model for comprehensive health care delivery. But we don’t use it, because we barely even know about it.
Jan. 11 2018 5:45 PMIs 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.”
Jan. 8 2018 7:30 AMWill Puerto Rico’s Official Death Count From Maria Ever Be Accurate?An accurate count helps us better direct aid.
Jan. 2 2018 5:52 AMThe New Documentary Heal Makes Important Points About Staying PositiveBut in its effort to inspire, it misses some key points about medicine and health.
Dec. 27 2017 10:00 AMIt’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.
Dec. 21 2017 5:59 PMLife Expectancy Is Down, Again, Thanks to OpioidsWe’re not really doing much of anything to solve this problem.
Dec. 17 2017 8:01 PMWhy 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.
Dec. 12 2017 5:38 PMOne 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.
Dec. 9 2017 2:25 PMThere 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.
Feb. 5 2018 2:33 PMPrescribing Mindfulness Allows Doctors to Ignore Legitimate Female PainThis trend offloads the responsibility of care from the medical system to the woman. And its efficacy is questionable at best.
Feb. 1 2018 11:39 AMYoung Syrian Refugees Need Mental Health Care. So Far, We’ve Failed Them.Stigma in Syria and ignorance among activists have left problems untreated, with serious consequences.
Jan. 30 2018 7:32 PMIs 20.8 Million Pain Pills Over a Decade a Lot for One Town? It Depends.Over-prescription is a real danger, but reducing the opioid crisis to a numbers game won’t bring about a solution.
Jan. 22 2018 5:08 PMAt Birth, Humans Are the Fattest Species on Record. Why?Contrary to popular belief, baby fat equips us for more than just the cold.
Jan. 18 2018 1:27 PMThere’s a Long History of Presidential Health Being a Well-Kept SecretThe American public has mostly found out about health problems only after past presidents have left office.
Jan. 16 2018 5:20 PMTrump’s Height and Weight Puts Him Just on the Cusp of ObesityIf he were one pound heavier, or a half-inch shorter, the numbers wouldn’t be so forgiving.
Jan. 16 2018 5:57 AMCommitting to “Committed”Two years after my mother’s suicide, I’m finally comfortable talking about it—on my own terms.
Jan. 9 2018 9:30 AMWhat to Do if You Have the FluAnd if you don’t—it’s not too late to get your flu shot!
Jan. 4 2018 1:46 PMDr. 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.
Dec. 28 2017 12:04 PMWe’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.
Dec. 26 2017 9:30 AMA Begrudging Defense of Dog ClothesFor some breeds, an extra layer or two really is good for their health.
Dec. 19 2017 11:16 AMA Brief History of FatFat is a complex organ, as essential to human life as the heart or liver. Why do we hate it?
Dec. 17 2017 8:00 PMWhat 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.
Dec. 11 2017 5:30 PMSmoke From California’s Wildfires Will Only Get WorseAs more areas are blanketed in unhealthy air particles, it’s important to have a plan.
Dec. 8 2017 5:45 PMHurricane 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.