Medical Examiner
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Sept. 23 2016 7:30 AMCan 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?
Sept. 16 2016 4:09 PMIn a New Short Documentary, Netflix Takes on DeathThe result exposes the central tension in end-of-life care decisions.
Sept. 13 2016 7:00 AMA 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.
Sept. 12 2016 7:47 AMCould a Zika Vaccine Break the Vaccine Stalemate?The new drug could restart the polarized conversation about the benefit of vaccines.
Sept. 7 2016 2:42 PMTesting TraditionsThe World Health Organization has failed to apply scientific rigor to traditional medicines. That’s bad for everyone.
Aug. 25 2016 11:30 AMCould 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.
Aug. 18 2016 1:34 PMZika Is Spreading, but It Won’t Go FarPast experience with disease spread through the same mosquito has taught us exactly how to stop it.
Aug. 9 2016 12:53 PMTreating 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.
Aug. 4 2016 2:59 PMString of LiesOur confusion over dental floss is the result of years of biased research, thanks to the war between floss and mouthwash.
Aug. 1 2016 8:02 AMStop Measuring Pregnancy in Months!One doctor’s plea against this inaccurate—and misleading—way of talking about human gestation.
July 27 2016 12:40 PMBeing Transgender Is Not a Mental DisorderThe World Health Organization might finally update its outdated and absurd categorization. It’s about time.
July 25 2016 7:16 AMThe 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.
July 20 2016 8:31 PMThe 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.
July 8 2016 6:20 PMZika-Infected Person Dies in UtahThe individual was infected elsewhere, and Zika may not have been the cause of death.
July 7 2016 11:41 AMReining in OpioidsThe feds are finally making moves in the right direction. Here’s how they could pay for it.
Sept. 22 2016 5:30 AMDEA Blocks Research Into Promising Opioid AlternativesThe DEA’s draconian drug policies have already made medical marijuana research more difficult.
Sept. 15 2016 10:16 PMPatient 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.
Sept. 12 2016 4:06 PMMedical Records Won’t Tell Us Anything Useful About the Candidates’ HealthThe “concern” over Clinton’s pneumonia is about politics, not medical precision.
Sept. 8 2016 10:57 AMMSNBC 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.
Sept. 2 2016 11:16 AMZika Originated in Africa. Why Are We So Sure It’s Harmless There?Once again, the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Aug. 24 2016 4:42 PMSearching 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.
Aug. 9 2016 5:02 PMCupping: Mikey Likes It. Scientists Don’t.Can you trust Michael Phelps any more than Gwyneth Paltrow? Probably not.
Aug. 5 2016 2:09 PMGet Thee to a HospitalDon’t worry: Medical error is not actually the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Aug. 2 2016 4:53 PMFlorida’s Zika Outbreak Was ExpectedAnd it is being quickly contained. This isn’t the case in Puerto Rico—why?
July 28 2016 9:30 AMFewer Than 100 Zika Cases Will Come From the Rio OlympicsIn fact, it could be as few as six.
July 27 2016 9:15 AMHave Humans Finally Reached Peak Height?People living in developed countries seem to be about as tall as they’re going to get.
July 22 2016 10:00 AMCan 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.
July 14 2016 3:52 PMTuning OutRepeated exposure to racial violence can trigger the same symptoms as PTSD. Give yourself a break.
July 8 2016 5:51 AMTurning Back the ClockThis rare disorder causes kids to revert to younger versions of themselves—and then stay that way forever. Why?
June 28 2016 2:05 PMCan We Have Compassion for the Angry?If we recognize unregulated anger as the problem, we may be able to help people who are likely to become violent.

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