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How the C-Section Went From Last Resort to Overused

The history of the surgery is rife with horror, but today, 1 in 3 American babies are delivered via the procedure, twice what the World Health Organization recommends.

May 17 2018 3:01 PMThe Problem With California’s Coffee-May-Cause-Cancer SignsTheir misrepresentation of what the science says, and how that science should be properly interpreted, will likely fuel more misunderstanding of risk, without clarifying much.
May 14 2018 9:30 AMDo We Need a More Nuanced Description of Autism?Five years ago, the DSM-5 collapsed diagnoses like Asperger’s into a catchall of “autism spectrum disorder.” Did it help?
May 7 2018 5:00 PMMedical Twitter’s #ShareAStoryInOneTweet Is Heartbreaking, Self-Aggrandizing, and Extremely ImportantDoctors need to remember the emotional heft of our everyday jobs.
May 1 2018 7:38 PMHow Did the Doctor’s Office Raid Harold Bornstein Described Not Violate HIPAA?The former Trump doctor’s story is wild. Which side broke the law?
April 25 2018 4:29 PMThe Presidential Physician Is on Call All the Time. Can He Ever Have a Drink?Of course doctors can’t practice drunk. But 24-hour care has a set of rules of its own.
April 19 2018 10:48 AMPeople With Autism Aren’t Protected From Opioid Addiction. They Might Be at Higher Risk.We’ve gotten much better at integration since the start of the autism wave, but it comes with risks, too.
April 17 2018 9:00 AMThere’s a New 12-Step Group: Medication-Assisted Recovery AnonymousUnlike many NA or AA chapters, this group accepts that many people benefit from medications like methadone and buprenorphine.
April 9 2018 9:00 AMYes, Studying the Humanities Might Make You a Better DoctorIn moments of medical crisis, you need a doctor who can help you navigate uncertainty.
April 5 2018 12:17 PMAbortion Reversal Seems Possible. We Still Shouldn’t Promote It.An extremely small percentage of women regret starting a medication abortion. This can help them, but it shouldn’t be pushed on everyone.
March 30 2018 1:53 PMPill Limits Are Not a Smart Way to Fight the Opioid CrisisHow much to prescribe, and to whom, is a complicated medical question.
March 28 2018 9:30 AMWe’re Not Really Sure How to Assess the Concussions of Athletes With Learning DisabilitiesThe diagnostic tools we use to assess concussions don’t work as well on everyone.
March 22 2018 7:02 PMThe New Spending Bill Could Finally Pave the Way for Federal Research on Gun ViolenceCDC funds haven’t been dedicated to the topic in more than 20 years.
March 20 2018 7:01 PMTrump’s Call to Execute Drug Dealers May Be Dictator-Inspired, but Its Roots Are All-AmericanThe president’s idea isn’t that outlandish—it’s the natural endpoint of our current policies.
March 19 2018 3:20 PMTheranos Is What Happens When Biomedicine Gets to Play by Silicon Valley’s RulesThe people behind real medical advances show their work. Elizabeth Holmes thought she didn’t have to, and thanks to her PR wizardry, she basically got away with it.
March 15 2018 2:52 PMWhy Not Get Your Drugs at the Barbershop?Barbers used to perform surgery on their clients—they could certainly dole out medication today.
May 15 2018 8:00 AMYour Kids Don’t Need Training Wheels for PeanutsProducts that promise to safely introduce children to certain foods are a waste of money. Here’s what you really need to know about allergens.
May 8 2018 9:00 AMAccess to Maintenance Medications for Opioid Addiction Is Expanding. Prisons Need to Get on Board.Leaving a jail or prison is a particularly risky time for opioid users, due to lower tolerance and the increased prevalence of fentanyl.
May 7 2018 12:46 PMTeens Who Vape Might Also Smoke Weed. Could That Be a Good Thing?If they’re going to smoke marijuana, at least vaping it is healthier.
April 26 2018 3:50 PMKanye West Suffers From TrumpismGrandiose narcissists have a penchant for fascism, and it has nothing to do with whether the rapper is “crazy.”
April 24 2018 2:09 PM“Killer Nanny” Sought Psychological Help Just Days Before Murdering Two Children. What Went Wrong?Our mental health care system is so fragmented and difficult to navigate that even those who know they need help often don’t get it.
April 18 2018 11:00 AMWhat the New Medical Podcast DDx Gets Right About DiagnosisUnlike medical TV dramas that pedal in rarity, Figure 1’s new nonfiction show finds instructive lessons in everyday medicine.
April 16 2018 9:04 AMWhat’s Your Death Plan?Just one-third of Americans have a plan for end-of-life care. We need to do better.
April 6 2018 9:00 AMAnger Isn’t a Mental Illness. Can We Treat It Anyway?We’ve seen it in mass shootings again and again—anger is the predecessor to violence. Can we find these people, and help them before they kill?
April 3 2018 12:34 PMNo, the New Organ Discovery Doesn’t Explain AcupunctureA new study offers up an intriguing new idea, but we should be careful about how we interpret it.
March 28 2018 11:18 AMIf You’ve Self-Diagnosed on the Internet, Should You Tell Your Doctor?Internet etiquette has changed since WebMD first came around.
March 26 2018 2:38 PMBasic CPR Doesn’t Help Gunshot WoundsRick Santorum’s suggestion is medically ridiculous, and it betrays a worrisome misunderstanding of gun violence.
March 21 2018 11:43 AM“Right to Try” Is Merely “Thoughts and Prayers” for the Terminally IllThe House is set to pass the meaningless legislation this week.
March 20 2018 4:51 PMLearning How to Eat Again After Recovering From AddictionAs part of a growing movement to provide comprehensive care to people in recovery, a new class aims to help them re-establish a relationship with food.
March 16 2018 8:00 AMThe Made-Up Story About How Big Sugar Shifted the Blame to FatIt’s certainly tempting to blame corporate bad guys, but the sugar industry didn’t cook up the low-fat diet.
March 12 2018 5:50 AMRunning From the PainExercise can be a very effective way to treat depression. So why don’t American doctors prescribe it?