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Trump’s Height and Weight Puts Him Just on the Cusp of Obesity

If he were one pound heavier, or a half-inch shorter, the numbers wouldn’t be so forgiving.

Jan. 16 2018 6:04 AMWe Should Treat Everyone Like We Treat HIV-Positive PatientsThe Ryan White program is a model for comprehensive health care delivery. But we don’t use it, because we barely even know about it.
Jan. 11 2018 5:45 PMIs Watching the News Actually Bad for Your Health?A gym chain has banned cable news from its TVs because they interfere with its “healthy way of life philosophy.”
Jan. 8 2018 7:30 AMWill Puerto Rico’s Official Death Count From Maria Ever Be Accurate?An accurate count helps us better direct aid.
Dec. 28 2017 12:04 PMWe’re Letting Meals on Wheels, One of Our Best Senior Programs, Slowly Wither and DieOur population is aging rapidly, and one of the best sources of support remains chronically underfunded.
Dec. 26 2017 9:30 AMA Begrudging Defense of Dog ClothesFor some breeds, an extra layer or two really is good for their health.
Dec. 17 2017 8:01 PMWhy Is Slate Questioning Gardasil?The benefits of the HPV vaccine still outweigh any potential harms. But the scientific process behind Gardasil was flawed, and the public deserves to know that.
Dec. 12 2017 5:38 PMOne Hasty Study Doesn’t Mean That “Man Flu” Is RealBut a whole body of scientific research does suggest that men are more vulnerable to respiratory infections, and we don’t know why.
Dec. 9 2017 2:25 PMThere Is a Very Useful Test We Could Use to Track Politicians’ Cognitive DeclineEveryone gets slower as they age. The unusualness of this decline can be tracked with data.
Dec. 7 2017 3:53 PMYou Don’t Need to Change Your Birth Control Method Due to the New Study on Cancer RiskYou can, of course. But big studies like this are more relevant to public health, not personal health.
Dec. 5 2017 1:54 PMCould Ivana Trump Have Conceived Three Children While She Had an IUD?The device has failed before but statistically speaking, this is extremely unlikely.
Nov. 30 2017 1:02 PMMore and More Americans Are Learning Basic First Aid for Gunshot WoundsIn the wake of several mass shootings, learning how to stanch bleeding is becoming increasing popular.
Nov. 16 2017 3:07 PMIt’s Not Just OpioidsOverdoses are happening at an increasingly fast rate. Mixing opioids with alcohol and sleeping pills is probably making it worse.
Nov. 14 2017 10:30 AMHow to Listen to and Support Victims of Sexual TraumaBearing witness to trauma is so hard that it has historically impeded our ability to help. We must change that.
Nov. 6 2017 11:01 AMStock Photos Are Terrible at Depicting Illness, Mental or PhysicalBut stock photographers are working hard to make them better.
Oct. 30 2017 2:21 PMThe Wait Can Kill YouYes, Jane Doe got her abortion. But the wait put her at greater risk.
Jan. 16 2018 5:57 AMCommitting to “Committed”Two years after my mother’s suicide, I’m finally comfortable talking about it—on my own terms.
Jan. 9 2018 9:30 AMWhat to Do if You Have the FluAnd if you don’t—it’s not too late to get your flu shot!
Jan. 2 2018 5:52 AMThe New Documentary Heal Makes Important Points About Staying PositiveBut in its effort to inspire, it misses some key points about medicine and health.
Dec. 27 2017 10:00 AMIt’s Illegal for Hospitals to Not Provide Translation Services. So Why Is Proper Translation Still Scarce?It’s actually much more expensive to not provide translation.
Dec. 21 2017 5:59 PMLife Expectancy Is Down, Again, Thanks to OpioidsWe’re not really doing much of anything to solve this problem.
Dec. 17 2017 8:00 PMWhat the Gardasil Testing May Have MissedThere’s no evidence that the HPV vaccine causes serious harm, but an investigation shows the trials weren’t designed to properly assess safety.
Dec. 11 2017 5:30 PMSmoke From California’s Wildfires Will Only Get WorseAs more areas are blanketed in unhealthy air particles, it’s important to have a plan.
Dec. 8 2017 5:45 PMHurricane Maria’s Actual Death Toll May Be 17 Times Higher Than the Current Official CountThe government says 62 people died. The data says more like 1,052.
Dec. 7 2017 3:53 PMCould Pharmacists Help Fix Health Care?The CVS-Aetna merger might be the first step toward changing their role. Evidence and history suggest this could be the right move.
Dec. 1 2017 5:09 PMKellyanne Conway Is a Partisan Show HorseThat’s exactly why Trump picked her to “fix” the opioid problem—he wants to seem like he’s doing something.
Nov. 29 2017 7:37 PMWhere’s the Outrage Against This Attack on the ACA?The tax bill isn’t just about taxes—it has medical consequences for millions of Americans, and we need to keep fighting it.
Nov. 15 2017 1:47 PMThe Power of the PlaceboA recent study revealed that stents are likely ineffective at relieving chest pain. Why didn’t we know that?
Nov. 6 2017 6:04 PMTrump Blames Shooting on “Mental Health,” a Policy Area He Is Also Actively UnderminingEven if mental illness was the problem, the president’s record on helping Americans access care is embarrassing.
Nov. 1 2017 11:37 AMTherapy Is Great, but I Still Need MedicationPlease don’t tell me I just need to try cognitive behavioral therapy.
Oct. 29 2017 8:00 PMWhere Are the Opioid Recovery Activists?Just as with the AIDS crisis, the government won’t do what’s necessary unless we make it.