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The Vaccination Double Standard

Despite years of research, there’s no good way to convince anti-vaxxers of the truth. It’s time to make vaccination mandatory for all kids.

July 22 2016 10:00 AMCan a Nurse Practitioner Replace a Physician?Data and personal experience suggests it’s possible. The current shortage of doctors attending veterans might make it necessary.
July 14 2016 3:52 PMTuning OutRepeated exposure to racial violence can trigger the same symptoms as PTSD. Give yourself a break.
July 8 2016 5:51 AMTurning Back the ClockThis rare disorder causes kids to revert to younger versions of themselves—and then stay that way forever. Why?
June 28 2016 2:05 PMCan We Have Compassion for the Angry?If we recognize unregulated anger as the problem, we may be able to help people who are likely to become violent.
June 23 2016 2:04 PMWhen the Medicine Doesn’t WorkOne doctor explains how big pharma may have taken a toll on her relationships with patients.
June 20 2016 9:00 AMHow Being Bullied Affects Your AdulthoodOne researcher who has interviewed hundreds of adults who were bullied as teens posits an interesting new theory.
June 13 2016 9:15 AMProzac May Be the Only Drug That Effectively Treats Depression in KidsTherapy is still the best course of treatment for childhood depression.
June 9 2016 2:45 PMIf Prince Had LivedWhat are the best treatment options for those who struggle with chronic pain and opioid dependency?
June 6 2016 12:00 PMMuhammad Ali’s Peaceful Passing Is His Final VictoryFaced with a terminal illness, Ali died surrounded by family rather than doctors. 
May 24 2016 9:45 AMWhy Do Older Fathers Carry Higher Autism Risk? The mutations in sperm that increase with age are likely more minor than previously thought—here are some other options. 
May 16 2016 5:07 PMNo, You Don’t Need Special “Anti-Zika” CondomsAll condoms are anti-Zika.
May 13 2016 11:56 AMUnhelpful PunishmentThe stress low-income kids experience hurts them biologically. How we punish them doesn’t help. 
May 3 2016 5:22 PMWhat “Addiction” Really MeansThe reporting on Prince’s death reveals how much we don’t understand about chronic pain management.
April 26 2016 11:48 AMThirty Years Later, Chernobyl Is Still DeadlyWe’re still trying to assess how many people may have been affected by the worst nuclear accident in history. 
April 20 2016 1:15 PMDon’t Panic Over a U.S. Zika OutbreakWe should still spend the $1.9 billion to fight it, though.
July 20 2016 8:31 PMThe RNC Ignores Actual Science, but Embraces PseudoscienceYoungevity, which has a speaker at the RNC Wednesday night, is run by a man who would make anti-vaxxers blush.
July 8 2016 6:20 PMZika-Infected Person Dies in UtahThe individual was infected elsewhere, and Zika may not have been the cause of death.
July 7 2016 11:41 AMReining in OpioidsThe feds are finally making moves in the right direction. Here’s how they could pay for it.
June 24 2016 7:16 AMActually, That Gross, New Stomach-Draining Device Might Be EffectiveSome are calling it “medical bulimia” but that betrays a misunderstanding of both the eating disorder and the obesity crisis.
June 20 2016 11:14 AMIt’s OK to Be Worried About ZikaYou feel that way because talking about pregnancy and public health is really hard.
June 15 2016 11:57 AMHow Autism Research and Mini-Brains Helped Prove Zika Causes MicrocephalyThe mini-brains one researcher had built turned out to be the perfect model for proving causation.
June 10 2016 3:56 PMWhat Caused Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s Disease?Boxing and pesticide exposure both elevate the risk of the disease, but we’ll likely never know whether one was to blame.
June 7 2016 9:58 AMOlympians Should Still Go to RioThe risk of Zika is not big enough to warrant skipping the games.
June 3 2016 4:21 PMThe Untold Story of America’s Opioid AddictionHow the medical establishment learned to love the dangerous drugs that killed Prince.
May 24 2016 9:15 AMBeware the Medical Beach ReadIt won’t give you nuanced science. But books of depth can—and Gluten Exposed is one of them.
May 13 2016 12:07 PMRio Should Still Host the Summer OlympicsThe threat of Zika isn’t enough to warrant canceling the games.
May 10 2016 3:42 PMLightening Nurses’ Loads The best way to appreciate nurses during Nurses Week is to support legislation that would help them better care for their patients.
April 27 2016 10:25 AMHand Dryer vs. Paper Towel: Which Is Cleaner? What matters most for hygiene is how you wash up, not how you dry off. 
April 21 2016 9:30 AMShould Drunk Drivers Be Forced to Visit Morgues?Thailand is trying to deter intoxicated motorists by scaring them. But no one knows if it works.
April 8 2016 2:04 PMA Silent KillerThere is no easy way to diagnose sepsis. The good news is you probably don’t have it, but here’s how to ask your doctor if you’re worried.

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