Why Is U.S. Maternal Mortality So High?
The main reason is not medical errors. It’s poverty and access to health care.
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.
Stop Saying Donald Trump Is Mentally IllHe is a “reality” artist, building an evil new society. We must realize this to stop him.
Health Care Has “Never Events.” Law Enforcement Should, Too.Doctors have practices in place that keep them from operating on the wrong body part. Cops should adapt them to try to cut down on police shootings.
Worse Than TuskegeeSeventy years ago, American researchers infected Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea, then left without treating them. Their families are still waiting for help.
Confessions of a Washington Swamp CreatureTrump doesn’t understand the revolving door in Washington. Neither did I, until I went through it.
IUDs Are Not the Answer to Trump and the GOPThe embrace of this long-term contraception option works well for some women. But there are major downsides.
Is Your Doctor Listening?We often criticize patients for how little they retain about their medical visit. But how much do doctors remember?
Should Doctors Treat Trump Anxiety?Americans’ election-induced worries are not going away. How should doctors help their patients cope?
What Will the Trump Administration Mean for People With Disabilities?Under Obama, access to schools, health care, and jobs expanded. Will Trump roll it all back?
The Cheaper, Generic “EpiPen” Is GreatExcept that consumers will have to know enough to ask for it. And that’s not how medicine should work.
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.
Match GameDoes the annual practice of matching doctors with residency programs encourage a problematic level of passivity?
Gaps in Health Coverage Can Be DeadlyThe GOP’s plan is likely to cause interrupted care for many Americans. I’ve seen what happens to those patients.
Stressed Out New Parents: Please RelaxA lot of parenting advice—even from your doctor—is based on opinion, not evidence. Here’s how to tell which is which.
We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking BansWill we look at the new evidence for long enough to at least consider whether we’ve gone too far?
Multiple Births Should No Longer Imply IVFThe rumors swirling around Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement show an outdated understanding of reproductive assistance.
Trump Sold America a Miracle CureBut when miracle cures fail, the patients don’t blame the salesman.
Presidential Health Has Always Been a Well-Kept SecretAt 70, Trump is our oldest president-elect yet. If his health declines, we most likely won’t know much about it.
Patients’ Rights Should Be a Bipartisan IssueNow more than ever, it is doctors’ obligation to speak up for the needs of our patients.
Zealots Like RFK Jr. Have Already Made Vaccines Less SafeNot just because they fuel anti-vaxxers. This type of paranoia impedes our ability to accurately consider evidence.