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Why 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. 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.
Oct. 26 2017 4:59 PMIf Trump Wants to Understand the Opioid Epidemic, He Needs to Watch Some Reality TVThe president clearly doesn’t get it. Maybe watching Intervention could help.
Oct. 13 2017 3:38 PMWe Have to Ration Health CareMedicare for all would be a much better plan if it acknowledged that simple reality.
Oct. 11 2017 9:26 PMIf Harvey Weinstein Were Serious About Getting Help, He Wouldn’t Call Himself a Sex AddictHe needs to accept that he’s responsible for his actions.   
Oct. 9 2017 5:50 AMThe Fight for the Right to Eat Seal BlubberIn Alaskan nursing homes and hospitals, tight federal regulations have meant that the most comforting foods for natives have been labeled illegal. That’s slowly changing.
Oct. 2 2017 6:29 PMHospitals Aren’t Fully Prepared for Mass Shootings, and It’s the Gun Lobby’s FaultEmergency responders and doctors are reduced to sharing anecdotes when they should be compiling evidence.
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.
Oct. 26 2017 6:39 PMTrump Wants to Bring Back “Just Say No” to Fix the Opioid EpidemicThe evidence is clear that this is not an effective strategy.
Oct. 23 2017 5:35 PMIn Puerto Rico, Surgery by Flashlight Is Just the BeginningA month after Hurricane Maria hit, the island is still facing a public health crisis of epic proportions.
Oct. 12 2017 8:20 PMThe Data Are Clear: Access to Contraception Improves Health and Saves MoneyFor every dollar spent on contraception, $7 is saved on health care costs.
Oct. 10 2017 1:14 PMDeVos-Backed Neurofeedback Company Has Escaped Government ScrutinyThe company, Neurocore, markets the brain training as an autism cure. The problem is, there’s no data to support that claim.
Oct. 3 2017 7:45 AMWhy Do We Keep Resurrecting the Cautionary Medical Tale?In the nearly three decades since the last Flatliners film, medicine has moved forward, but our conflicted feelings about it have not.
Sept. 29 2017 7:42 AMWe Don’t Want to Know What Will Kill UsYears of data on genetic testing reveal that when given the option, most people want less information, not more.

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