What David Brooks Misunderstands About AbortionIn his latest column, Brooks tries to barter essential health benefits for more votes. But he fundamentally misunderstands his subject.
Can 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.
Cuba’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.
She 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.
HHS’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.
People Struggling With Addiction Need Help. Does Forcing Them Into Treatment Work?It depends on the type of coercion you use.
We 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.
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.
Prescribing 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.
Young 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.
Is 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.
At Birth, Humans Are the Fattest Species on Record. Why?Contrary to popular belief, baby fat equips us for more than just the cold.
There’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.
Trump’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.
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.