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Why Is U.S. Maternal Mortality So High?

The main reason is not medical errors. It’s poverty and access to health care.

May 20 2017 5:55 AMThe 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?
May 17 2017 10:00 AMTraveling 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.
May 1 2017 4:51 PMFemale 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.
April 14 2017 9:08 AMThis 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.
March 24 2017 1:04 PMEmergency 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.
March 15 2017 5:25 AMStop Saying Donald Trump Is Mentally IllHe is a “reality” artist, building an evil new society. We must realize this to stop him.
March 7 2017 5:55 AMHealth 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.
Feb. 26 2017 12:15 PMWorse Than TuskegeeSeventy years ago, American researchers infected Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea, then left without treating them. Their families are still waiting for help.
Feb. 17 2017 9:04 AMConfessions of a Washington Swamp CreatureTrump doesn’t understand the revolving door in Washington. Neither did I, until I went through it.
Feb. 8 2017 9:00 AMIUDs 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. 
Feb. 7 2017 2:31 PMIs Your Doctor Listening?We often criticize patients for how little they retain about their medical visit. But how much do doctors remember?
Jan. 19 2017 9:15 AMShould Doctors Treat Trump Anxiety?Americans’ election-induced worries are not going away. How should doctors help their patients cope?
Jan. 18 2017 11:28 AMWhat 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?
Jan. 13 2017 5:13 PMThe Cheaper, Generic “EpiPen” Is GreatExcept that consumers will have to know enough to ask for it. And that’s not how medicine should work.
Jan. 12 2017 7:00 AMJohn Bailar’s Righteous Attack on the “War on Cancer”By putting forth this unpopular opinion, Bailar reminded us of the value of evidence-based decisions.
May 18 2017 5:50 PMThanks to Genetic Testing, Everyone Could Soon Have a Pre-Existing ConditionWhich makes the AHCA’s removal of protections so much more frightening.
May 3 2017 9:00 AMWillie Parker’s Moral Argument for Choice Made Me a Better DoctorHis book provides the language we’ve been searching for.
April 20 2017 3:08 PMAaron 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.
April 7 2017 10:00 AMTreating Gun Violence as an Epidemic Could Help Us Stanch ItThe metaphor might not be perfect, but it is useful.
March 17 2017 5:56 AMMatch GameDoes the annual practice of matching doctors with residency programs encourage a problematic level of passivity? 
March 7 2017 3:11 PMGaps 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.
Feb. 27 2017 5:46 PMWhat Is Your Name? Where Are We? Who Is President? Oh God.This used to be a routine test.
Feb. 21 2017 5:45 AMStressed 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.
Feb. 13 2017 5:57 AMWe 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?
Feb. 7 2017 5:05 PMMultiple Births Should No Longer Imply IVFThe rumors swirling around Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement show an outdated understanding of reproductive assistance.
Jan. 23 2017 5:52 AMTrump Sold America a Miracle CureBut when miracle cures fail, the patients don’t blame the salesman.
Jan. 19 2017 7:30 AMPresidential 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.
Jan. 18 2017 5:55 AMPatients’ Rights Should Be a Bipartisan IssueNow more than ever, it is doctors’ obligation to speak up for the needs of our patients.
Jan. 13 2017 9:00 AMZealots 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. 
Jan. 10 2017 5:35 PMDonald Trump and RFK Jr. Are Vaccine-Skeptical SoulmatesThey present their skepticism of established science as reasonable. And that makes their views even scarier.

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