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Are You at Risk of Alzheimer’s?

An online quiz, promoted by a legitimate neurological institute, purports to tell you. But if the answer is almost invariably “yes,” is it a service or a scam?

Aug. 17 2017 3:53 PMSome People Still Need OpioidsThe crackdown on pain medication prescribing is intended to help the addiction crisis—but it’s leaving chronic pain patients in untenable situations.
Aug. 3 2017 3:24 PMAre We Experimenting on Our Children With Soy Formula?More and more parents are embracing soy-based formula, but we don’t have good data on how it might be affecting our children’s hormones.
Aug. 2 2017 10:35 AMThe Common Wisdom on Antibiotics Is WrongTaking your full course of antibiotics isn’t helping prevent the spread of resistance; it’s fueling it.
July 31 2017 12:17 PMWhat My Uncle, a Fighter Pilot, Might Have Thought of McCain’s “No” Moment“The show” is a perverted way to describe an effort that could condemn millions to suffer and die.
July 26 2017 5:01 PMTransgender Service Members’ Medical Costs Are Not a “Burden”They’re valid, and they’d be cheaper than what the military currently pays for Viagra.
July 25 2017 7:15 AMAmerica Should Adapt New Zealand’s Method of Handling Medical Malpractice CasesIf you ask doctors about the barriers to providing affordable care, they’ll inevitably bring up medical malpractice suits. We can fix that—other countries have.
July 21 2017 5:56 PMA Tennessee Jail Is Offering Vasectomies for Reduced Prison TimeThat’s wildly unethical.
July 14 2017 7:35 AMCould a Tuberculosis Outbreak Happen Here?We’re creating a series of conditions that make it more likely.
July 10 2017 5:55 AMCongress Has Forgotten America’s Biggest Health Care ProblemThe critical question is not who gets care and who doesn’t, but how it’s delivered.
July 5 2017 5:50 AMWe Need More Doctors With DisabilitiesOne-fifth of all Americans have a disability, but less than 1 percent of doctors do. That’s slowly starting to change—to the benefit of medicine and patients.
June 30 2017 7:23 AMMental Health Problems Don’t Disappear if You Don’t Have InsuranceMy work at a safety net hospital in Chicago has shown me the various paths patients with mental illness face. The path insurance can provide is both healthier and cheaper.
June 27 2017 2:38 PMWhen Calling the Police Results in Harm, Not HelpCharleena Lyles’ death is a stunning reminder that calling the cops—even for someone who needs help—can be risky.
June 22 2017 5:35 PMArizona Already Tried What the GOP Wants to Do to Medicaid. It Was a Disaster.Several years ago, Arizona froze Medicaid enrollment, as AHCA now proposes. The results were disturbing.
June 15 2017 11:43 AMDon’t Lower the Number of People on Medicaid. Make the System More Efficient.Both red and blue states have successfully lowered costs by focusing on improving health outcomes and maximizing efficiency.
June 9 2017 3:08 PMThere’s an Easy Test We Could Use to Assess Older Politicians’ Cognitive HealthIt’s called the Mini-Mental State Exam, and its real power is the data it provides over time.
Aug. 11 2017 5:54 AMSearching for My Summer Sole MateI love sandals, but they make my feet ache. So I went shoe shopping with a podiatrist and learned some things about commitment.
Aug. 2 2017 6:35 PMBig Money’s Sway Over DoctorsEven well-meaning physicians often make medical decisions based on financial factors. There’s a better way.
Aug. 1 2017 10:19 AMThe FDA Is Scrapping the Obama-Era Approach to E-Cig Regulation. Good.It’s unclear what a reduced-nicotine cigarette will be, but vaping is the future, and the plan is good for vaping.
July 27 2017 12:25 PMThe Goldwater Rule Is IrrelevantTrump’s mental health is not what makes him unfit for the job, and saying it is does nothing but perpetuate stigma.
July 25 2017 4:48 PMOur Unfounded Medical OptimismCharlie Gard’s saga exposed a flaw in our perception of medicine: We are too quick to think new treatments will work.
July 24 2017 9:30 AMLessons on Flatulence From a Fart ArtistJoseph Pujol was once the highest-paid performer at the Moulin Rouge. His talent was … unusual.
July 14 2017 6:52 PMPlease Don’t Panic Over the Chemicals in Your Mac and CheeseA recent New York Times story raised concerns but missed some key facts.
July 13 2017 5:50 AMAre Diets Just Placebos?The idea is at least worth considering—and it would explain a lot of strange things about how dieting works. 
July 6 2017 11:01 AMDoctors and Nurses Need to Treat BCRA as a Medical EmergencyThis isn’t about politics, it’s about health.
July 3 2017 5:15 AMRural Americans Already Have Poor Health Care. Trump’s Policies Will Hurt Further.His immigration ban and cuts to Medicaid will combine to exacerbate a physician shortage that threatens rural Americans’ health.
June 28 2017 9:00 AMThe Viral Story About the Cop Who Overdosed by Touching Fentanyl Is NonsenseThe terrifying tale has been reported as fact, but toxicologists doubt that it is medically possible.
June 26 2017 5:57 PMWant to Curb the Opioid Epidemic? Don’t Limit Access to Health Care.Offering affordable mental health care coverage is one of the best ways to prevent or address addiction. The Republicans’ ACA replacement takes that away.
June 21 2017 4:50 PMHow Hot Is Too Hot to Run Outside?With enough preparation and training, it’s possible to run long distances in the heat.
June 12 2017 9:15 AMHow to Assess Internet Cures Without Falling for Dangerous PseudoscienceA community on Facebook practically cured my horrendous illness. Here’s how you can navigate the scary waters to potentially find real solutions, too.
June 6 2017 5:10 PMJournalists, Stop Using Words Like Addict and Drug Abuser Not only does the Associated Press say so, but it will also help you do better work.