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Why You Should Not Trust Fertility Apps—Yet

The fertility awareness methods they use are real science, but the apps haven’t shown they can deliver the same standard of care.

Sept. 18 2018 4:56 PMEverything We Know About Trauma Suggests Christine Blasey Ford Is Telling the TruthThe way we process traumatic memories is fundamentally different than how we process regular memories.
Sept. 12 2018 9:00 AMI’m So Sick of Opioid Disaster PornI know that the photo essays showing the stark hell of addiction are trying to help. But they miss a huge part of the story—recovery.
Aug. 30 2018 5:55 AMNo Matter How Bad It Gets, Trump Will Never Give UpWe’ve been thinking about Trump as a world-class narcissist, but really, his psychological afflictions are slightly more specific, and this distinction can give us insight into the months ahead.
Aug. 24 2018 6:13 PMPalliative Care Is Still Medical TreatmentJohn McCain didn’t stop treatment; he changed his goal toward dying comfortably.
Aug. 22 2018 9:00 AMWhy I Pull My Hair OutIt’s called trichotillomania, and it’s a disorder many have dealt with alone. That’s finally changing.
Aug. 16 2018 7:38 AMWhy Do We Give Our Pets Death With Dignity but Not Ourselves?My years as an emergency veterinarian have shown me the relief that assisted death can bring. Why are our pets the main recipients?
Aug. 14 2018 4:38 PMWhat Caused Cuba’s Sonic Attacks?We still don’t know, but scientists are debating it within the pages of the JAMA.
Aug. 2 2018 12:41 PMHere’s Why It’s So Impossible to Get Reliable Diet Advice From the NewsWhat’s good for you seems to change every week. Maybe we should stop blaming the media and look at the studies underneath the stories, too.
July 25 2018 3:03 PMCan ASMR Be Used to Treat Anxiety or Insomnia?Anyone who experiences the phenomenon knows how relaxing it can be. Now, researchers are starting to take the possibility of therapeutic uses seriously.
July 11 2018 3:24 PMInjunction Stops the Nevada Prison Planning to Use Fentanyl in an ExecutionIt came from the pharmaceutical company behind one of the other drugs they’d planned to administer.
June 29 2018 3:58 PMHow to Hold On to HopeThis horrible week was particularly stressful for minorities. A therapist who works with patients experiencing profound injustice and pervasive trauma explains how to cope.
June 27 2018 5:55 AMThe Science Isn’t Settled on Chronic LymeA close look at the evidence suggests the controversial diagnosis should be taken more seriously, and that decades of sexism may be to blame for our collective dismissal.
June 19 2018 12:23 PMChild Separation Is a Medical EmergencyWhen children’s senses of safety are shattered, they are less able to form strong relationships, make decisions, and control their impulses.
June 15 2018 4:37 PMIs Fasting Good for Your Health?Every year during Ramadan, I wonder how my fasting affects my body. This year, I dug into the research.
June 8 2018 9:30 AMShould Google and Facebook Censor the Pseudoscience Posted to Their Sites?When the quackery is of the order of AIDS denialism, the question feels obvious. The answer is complicated.
Sept. 12 2018 5:33 PMYes, Les Moonves Harassed His Doctor. For Women in Medicine, This Is an Outrage, but Not a Surprise.This bizarre inversion of power provides a critical lesson within #MeToo.
Sept. 11 2018 10:00 AMVape-22E-cigarettes have a proven track record of harm reduction. The FDA’s restrictions on how they can be marketed make it easier for misinformation and panic to spread.
Aug. 28 2018 9:00 AMDNA Tests Quietly Reinforce Terrible and Scientifically Inaccurate Concepts of “Ethnicity”It’s fine to use them to understand your immediate family. But don’t expect them to provide anything definitive once you get a few generations out.
Aug. 22 2018 10:36 AMImproving Diversity in Med School Needs to Start Well Before MatriculationNYU’s decision to waive medical school tuition is well-intentioned, but the problem goes much deeper.
Aug. 16 2018 1:44 PMYou Don’t Need to Worry About Roundup in Your Breakfast CerealNo one wants to eat Monsanto’s weed killer. But a new report dramatically exaggerates the danger of the trace amounts detected.
Aug. 15 2018 12:08 PMSending Your Kid to College? Send Them With Fentanyl Testing Strips and Naloxone.Think of them as an essential harm-reduction tool, like condoms.
Aug. 3 2018 12:59 PMTouching Fentanyl Is Not Dangerous. Will This Video Finally Prove That?The rumors swirling that you can overdose just by touching the powder are untrue, and prevent people from getting the critical help they need.
July 30 2018 10:00 AMWhy Are We Still So Worried About Wat­­ching Porn?Decades of fearmongering almost got porn addiction added to the International Classification of Diseases. Thankfully, the World Health Organization got it right.
July 24 2018 5:55 AMCannabis Addiction Is Not Heroin Addiction. That Doesn’t Make It Any Less Real.A large minority of people have trouble with cannabis, and for those people, it’s important to find help.
July 10 2018 4:20 PMWHO’s Language on Breastfeeding Really Is FlawedThat doesn’t mean Trump’s reasons for rejecting it were correct, but for women like me who suffered as a result of the uncompromising promotion of breastfeeding, the rejection was a relief.
June 27 2018 10:30 AMScientists Already Know What Happens When Children Are Separated From Their Parents and Raised by InstitutionsTake if from a researcher who studied Romanian orphans decades ago—it causes mental, emotional, and physical harm.
June 19 2018 1:22 PMThe Fractured State of American Health CareThe quality of your coverage increasing depends on whether you live in a red or blue state.
June 18 2018 4:34 PMThe Trap of Treatment DogmaResearchers recently announced that many women diagnosed with breast cancer might be able to skip chemo. A group of doctors argued the same, half a century ago—and were ridiculed.
June 14 2018 10:10 AMFIFA’s Rule Changes Won’t Solve Soccer’s Concussion ProblemConcussions were a fixture in the tournament four years ago and likely will be again.
June 7 2018 12:59 PMDo 45-Year-Olds Really Need Colon Cancer Screening?A new recommendation says yes. The evidence is more complicated.