Medical Examiner
Medical Examiner
Nov. 23 2016 1:27 PMDon’t Give Kids Under 12 Cold and Cough MedicineKids aren’t just tiny adults—these medicines haven’t been proven safe for them. So try these remedies instead.
Nov. 16 2016 5:21 PMHomeopathic Medicines Will Carry Labels Saying They’re UnscientificBut for the people buying them, this will make them even more attractive.
Nov. 10 2016 4:39 PMThe Five Stages of Grief Aren’t Real, but Trump Anxiety IsGrieve however you want. Here are some ways to cope.
Oct. 28 2016 8:31 AMDo Acetaminophen’s Risks Outweigh the Benefits?The drug has been around for so long it’s accepted as useful. But it shouldn’t be.
Oct. 21 2016 12:20 PMIs Your Birth Control Making You Depressed?It’s possible. But we shouldn’t abandon hormonal birth control en masse just yet.
Oct. 18 2016 10:23 AMThe Right to Remain HIPAA-ProtectedThe NY/NJ bombing suspect appeared in court via video conference, which seems to have violated HIPAA.
Oct. 12 2016 10:40 AMYour Doctor’s Party Shouldn’t MatterHealth care may be a political topic, but your relationship with your doctor shouldn’t be.
Oct. 6 2016 3:11 PMIs There a Cap on Human Life Span?A recent study suggests there’s a limit. But that’s not taking the long view.
Sept. 23 2016 2:00 PMGet Out of Jail Free?When two mentally ill inmates came into my care I realized they needed medical care, not jail. So I bounced them.
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.
Nov. 17 2016 2:25 PMThe Major FallWhat killed Leonard Cohen is one of the rising causes of death among the elderly. Here’s how you can protect yourself.
Nov. 15 2016 3:09 PMOur Patients Need UsIn the wake of this election, doctors need to recommit to patient advocacy no matter what our politics are.
Oct. 31 2016 10:14 AMHow to Talk About Mental Illness Without Relying on StrengthDonald Trump’s comments on mental illness are awful, but not unusual.
Oct. 26 2016 5:15 AMWe’ve Misdiagnosed the Problem With Donald TrumpIt’s not what’s in his head that matters. It’s what’s in ours.
Oct. 20 2016 4:53 PMThe Medical Complexity of “Late-Term” AbortionsThe rhetoric employed by Donald Trump refuses to recognize the reality of these situations.
Oct. 12 2016 7:20 PMIt’s OK to Speculate About Trump’s Mental HealthBut even if he were officially diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, that shouldn’t disqualify him from the presidency.
Oct. 7 2016 11:36 AMThe Insanity of Doctor RecertificationEven the American Board of Internal Medicine knows this test is worthless. So why am I still taking it?
Sept. 26 2016 7:00 AMStop Asking the Candidates to Release Their Medical RecordsTwo of our best presidents were ill. Others died randomly of unpredictable infections. It’s time to move on.
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.