Please Don’t Panic Over the Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese
A recent New York Times story raised concerns but missed some key facts.
Could a Tuberculosis Outbreak Happen Here?We’re creating a series of conditions that make it more likely.
Congress Has Forgotten America’s Biggest Health Care ProblemThe critical question is not who gets care and who doesn’t, but how it’s delivered.
We Need More Doctors With DisabilitiesOne-fifth of all Americans have a disability, but less than 1 percent of doctors do. That’s slowly starting to change—to the benefit of medicine and patients.
Mental Health Problems Don’t Disappear if You Don’t Have InsuranceMy work at a safety net hospital in Chicago has shown me the various paths patients with mental illness face. The path insurance can provide is both healthier and cheaper.
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.
Are Diets Just Placebos?The idea is at least worth considering—and it would explain a lot of strange things about how dieting works.
Doctors and Nurses Need to Treat BCRA as a Medical EmergencyThis isn’t about politics, it’s about health.
Rural Americans Already Have Poor Health Care. Trump’s Policies Will Hurt Further.His immigration ban and cuts to Medicaid will combine to exacerbate a physician shortage that threatens rural Americans’ health.
The Viral Story About the Cop Who Overdosed by Touching Fentanyl Is NonsenseThe terrifying tale has been reported as fact, but toxicologists doubt that it is medically possible.
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.