When Calling the Police Results in Harm, Not HelpCharleena Lyles’ death is a stunning reminder that calling the cops—even for someone who needs help—can be risky.
Arizona Already Tried What the GOP Wants to Do to Medicaid. It Was a Disaster.Several years ago, Arizona froze Medicaid enrollment, as AHCA now proposes. The results were disturbing.
Don’t Lower the Number of People on Medicaid. Make the System More Efficient.Both red and blue states have successfully lowered costs by focusing on improving health outcomes and maximizing efficiency.
There’s an Easy Test We Could Use to Assess Older Politicians’ Cognitive HealthIt’s called the Mini-Mental State Exam, and its real power is the data it provides over time.
School-Based Health Centers Provide Health Care for Rural Americans—but for How Long?The programs expanded under the ACA. The AHCA makes their future less certain.
Why Is U.S. Maternal Mortality So High?The main reason is not medical errors. It’s poverty and access to health care.
Thanks to Genetic Testing, Everyone Could Soon Have a Pre-Existing ConditionWhich makes the AHCA’s removal of protections so much more frightening.
Willie Parker’s Moral Argument for Choice Made Me a Better DoctorHis book provides the language we’ve been searching for.
Aaron Hernandez’s Suicide Highlights a Huge Gap in Correctional HealthWe are terrible at assessing suicide risk, in part, because we have very limited means of studying this population.
Treating Gun Violence as an Epidemic Could Help Us Stanch ItThe metaphor might not be perfect, but it is useful.
Match GameDoes the annual practice of matching doctors with residency programs encourage a problematic level of passivity?
Gaps in Health Coverage Can Be DeadlyThe GOP’s plan is likely to cause interrupted care for many Americans. I’ve seen what happens to those patients.
Stressed Out New Parents: Please RelaxA lot of parenting advice—even from your doctor—is based on opinion, not evidence. Here’s how to tell which is which.
Want to Curb the Opioid Epidemic? Don’t Limit Access to Health Care.Offering affordable mental health care coverage is one of the best ways to prevent or address addiction. The Republicans’ ACA replacement takes that away.
How Hot Is Too Hot to Run Outside?With enough preparation and training, it’s possible to run long distances in the heat.
How to Assess Internet Cures Without Falling for Dangerous PseudoscienceA community on Facebook practically cured my horrendous illness. Here’s how you can navigate the scary waters to potentially find real solutions, too.
Journalists, Stop Using Words Like Addict and Drug Abuser Not only does the Associated Press say so, but it will also help you do better work.
Americans Have Realized They Deserve Health CareHow long until they accept that the only way to guarantee it is through single-payer?
The Scales Have Tipped on Fish and PregnancyThe benefits of eating fish during pregnancy vastly outweigh the risks. So why do the recommendations still put women off from seafood?
Traveling Abroad? Born Before 1989? You May Need a New Measles Vaccination.The wildly contagious virus is still alive and well in Europe, Africa, and Asia—if you’re going there, you might need better protection.
Female Genital Mutilation Isn’t a Muslim Issue. It’s a Medical Issue.Politicization of the topic is masking a bigger problem: Many women in the U.S. need medical care regarding it, and we’re ill-equipped to help them.
This Dramatic Graph Shows How the Pro-Vaccine Movement Can WinThe anti-vaxxers have relied on their passion to push bad policy. We can beat them—we just have to find ours.
Emergency Doctors Are Breaking Tradition to Oppose the AHCA CompromiseWe’re notoriously moderate, but in a statement this week, our governing body took a new approach.
Stop Saying Donald Trump Is Mentally IllHe is a “reality” artist, building an evil new society. We must realize this to stop him.
Health Care Has “Never Events.” Law Enforcement Should, Too.Doctors have practices in place that keep them from operating on the wrong body part. Cops should adapt them to try to cut down on police shootings.
Worse Than TuskegeeSeventy years ago, American researchers infected Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea, then left without treating them. Their families are still waiting for help.
Confessions of a Washington Swamp CreatureTrump doesn’t understand the revolving door in Washington. Neither did I, until I went through it.