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Natural remedies that claim to “boost your immune system” don’t work, and it’s a good thing they don’t.

Dec. 16 2014 11:41 AMIn Defense of SkippingTry it! I did.
Nov. 27 2014 12:31 PMSlate’s Working Podcast: Episode 11 TranscriptRead what David Plotz asked a helicopter paramedic about his workday.    
Nov. 18 2014 4:12 PMPolitical Hack, Medical QuackGlenn Beck says he has adrenal fatigue. Endocrinologists beg to differ.
Nov. 9 2014 8:45 PMHow a SHPOS Is BornThe acronym doctors use for the very worst of the worst patients.
Oct. 30 2014 12:25 PMDangerous RhetoricWhy are some Ebola patients portrayed as criminals, others as heroes?
Oct. 26 2014 1:29 PMHugger-in-ChiefIn embracing an Ebola victim, Barack Obama succeeded where Ronald Reagan failed.
Oct. 17 2014 12:24 PMOperation Stop DiseasePublic health looms large in American foreign intervention, not just when it comes to Ebola.
Oct. 14 2014 11:24 AMWould You Lie to Airport Screeners?The terrible, “lesser evil” choice facing travelers asked about Ebola.
Oct. 7 2014 11:51 PMHow “Normal” Is Your Drinking?Navigating the alcohol consumption curve.
Oct. 3 2014 8:44 AMWhere Do People Go When They’re Sick?Traditional healers versus modern clinics in Sierra Leone.
Sept. 30 2014 11:51 PMShould You Freeze Your Eggs?An egg freezing party is not a great place to find answers to this or other questions.
Sept. 25 2014 8:51 AMTyranny of PerfectionWhy do doctors have such a high rate of suicide?
Sept. 22 2014 4:34 PMHere’s Where We Stand With EbolaEven experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
Sept. 19 2014 12:13 PMThe Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
Sept. 16 2014 11:46 PMThe Scariest Campfire StoryMore horrifying than bears, snakes, or hook-handed killers.
Dec. 9 2014 11:51 PMLyme-IlliterateNew York is about to change its medical misconduct law to protect quacks.
Nov. 25 2014 2:13 PMEndless BloodHow smart use of an old technology is saving women’s lives.
Nov. 14 2014 11:14 AMBrittany Maynard’s Gift to Her HusbandI would give anything not to have experienced the last week of my wife’s life.
Oct. 31 2014 10:55 AMWe Will Always Have New EpidemicsHuman behavior is the biggest variable in any outbreak.
Oct. 27 2014 2:09 PMDoes Drinking Soda Really Age Your Cells?How the science of telomeres turned into a spurious health trend.
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AMIs Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding?The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
Oct. 16 2014 9:03 PMEverything That Went Wrong in DallasA timeline of the many missteps surrounding the first cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States.
Oct. 13 2014 12:36 PMThe Dangers of OverreactingThe health care system’s mixed messages about Ebola.
Oct. 6 2014 11:48 PMNo Risky ChancesThe conversation that matters most.
Oct. 2 2014 9:49 AMIn Medicine We TrustShould we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries?
Sept. 29 2014 11:32 PMThe Daydream DisorderIs sluggish cognitive tempo a disease or disease mongering?
Sept. 23 2014 11:37 PMHow to Stop EbolaCould survivors safely care for the infected?
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PMDid America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
Sept. 17 2014 11:48 PMSpanking Is Great for SexWhich is why it’s grotesque for parenting.
Sept. 8 2014 3:30 PMMeasuring MicroLivesHow to calculate the exact impact of daily choices on every precious minute of your life.

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