Medical Examiner
Medical Examiner

Is Your Birth Control Making You Depressed?

It’s possible. But we shouldn’t abandon hormonal birth control en masse just yet.

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.
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.
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.
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.