Can Masturbating College Freshmen Actually Clog a Shower Drain?Each September, a hoax mocking 18-year-olds’ excessive masturbation circulates on the internet. But what does the science say?
In a New Short Documentary, Netflix Takes on DeathThe result exposes the central tension in end-of-life care decisions.
A College Tuition Payment for Your Spare Kidney?A new bill proposes an alternative way to compensate people for their organ donation. We should try it.
Could a Zika Vaccine Break the Vaccine Stalemate?The new drug could restart the polarized conversation about the benefit of vaccines.
Testing TraditionsThe World Health Organization has failed to apply scientific rigor to traditional medicines. That’s bad for everyone.
Could a Breathable Mattress Help Your Baby Avoid SIDS?The mattress companies certainly want you to think so, but they’re relying on fear, not science.
Zika Is Spreading, but It Won’t Go FarPast experience with disease spread through the same mosquito has taught us exactly how to stop it.
Treating Pregnant Women With Zika in Real TimeDoctors and patients are learning at the same time. Here’s how one OB-GYN is navigating these complicated choices.
String of LiesOur confusion over dental floss is the result of years of biased research, thanks to the war between floss and mouthwash.
Stop Measuring Pregnancy in Months!One doctor’s plea against this inaccurate—and misleading—way of talking about human gestation.
Being Transgender Is Not a Mental DisorderThe World Health Organization might finally update its outdated and absurd categorization. It’s about time.
The Vaccination Double StandardDespite years of research, there’s no good way to convince anti-vaxxers of the truth. It’s time to make vaccination mandatory for all kids.
The RNC Ignores Actual Science, but Embraces PseudoscienceYoungevity, which has a speaker at the RNC Wednesday night, is run by a man who would make anti-vaxxers blush.
Zika-Infected Person Dies in UtahThe individual was infected elsewhere, and Zika may not have been the cause of death.
DEA Blocks Research Into Promising Opioid AlternativesThe DEA’s draconian drug policies have already made medical marijuana research more difficult.
Patient Trump in the Land of OzWe didn’t learn much about Trump’s health Thursday, but we learned plenty about what’s wrong with America’s medical system.
Medical Records Won’t Tell Us Anything Useful About the Candidates’ HealthThe “concern” over Clinton’s pneumonia is about politics, not medical precision.
MSNBC Should Not Replay Live Footage Each 9/11It may be good for ratings, but for those who were there—and even for many who weren’t—it can be traumatizing.
Zika Originated in Africa. Why Are We So Sure It’s Harmless There?Once again, the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Searching for a Straight Shot to a Zika VaccineThe fastest way to get a vaccine is by injecting volunteers to better learn how the disease works.
Cupping: Mikey Likes It. Scientists Don’t.Can you trust Michael Phelps any more than Gwyneth Paltrow? Probably not.
Get Thee to a HospitalDon’t worry: Medical error is not actually the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Florida’s Zika Outbreak Was ExpectedAnd it is being quickly contained. This isn’t the case in Puerto Rico—why?
Have Humans Finally Reached Peak Height?People living in developed countries seem to be about as tall as they’re going to get.
Can a Nurse Practitioner Replace a Physician?Data and personal experience suggests it’s possible. The current shortage of doctors attending veterans might make it necessary.
Tuning OutRepeated exposure to racial violence can trigger the same symptoms as PTSD. Give yourself a break.
Turning Back the ClockThis rare disorder causes kids to revert to younger versions of themselves—and then stay that way forever. Why?