Theranos Is What Happens When Biomedicine Gets to Play by Silicon Valley’s Rules
The 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.
The 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.
Running From the PainExercise can be a very effective way to treat depression. So why don’t American doctors prescribe it?
Are We Reviving Too Many Opioid Overdoses? Is This Really a Question?A new paper suggests the overdose-reversing drug naloxone presents a “moral hazard.” The economists’ case is built on an immoral premise.
The Only Certainty in Reproductive Health Is UncertaintyLena Dunham’s painful essay about her hysterectomy should remind us that medicine is highly individual and often outside of our control.
Trump Doesn’t Care About What Actually Causes ViolenceAnger, not mental illness, is most associated with violence. And our president stokes it.
How to Find Shelter in the Storm of #MeTooThe current public litigation around sexual misconduct has been exhausting and grueling, especially for survivors. But there’s a way forward.
The Lie Behind the Right to TryHidden behind all of the Republican rhetoric is the reality that the legislation wouldn’t actually do almost anything.
Prescribing Mindfulness Allows Doctors to Ignore Legitimate Female PainThis trend offloads the responsibility of care from the medical system to the woman. And its efficacy is questionable at best.
Young Syrian Refugees Need Mental Health Care. So Far, We’ve Failed Them.Stigma in Syria and ignorance among activists have left problems untreated, with serious consequences.
Is 20.8 Million Pain Pills Over a Decade a Lot for One Town? It Depends.Over-prescription is a real danger, but reducing the opioid crisis to a numbers game won’t bring about a solution.
At Birth, Humans Are the Fattest Species on Record. Why?Contrary to popular belief, baby fat equips us for more than just the cold.
There’s a Long History of Presidential Health Being a Well-Kept SecretThe American public has mostly found out about health problems only after past presidents have left office.
Trump’s Height and Weight Puts Him Just on the Cusp of ObesityIf he were one pound heavier, or a half-inch shorter, the numbers wouldn’t be so forgiving.
Why Not Get Your Drugs at the Barbershop?Barbers used to perform surgery on their clients—they could certainly dole out medication today.
Trump Is Putting Us on Course for a Global Health DisasterBy refusing to invest in proven programs and focusing on divisive rhetoric, the president is undermining our nascent global health partnerships.
Type 1 Diabetes Is No Longer Just for KidsThe disease, once assumed to always start in childhood, can show up at any stage of life. And patients are having a tricky time getting the right diagnosis.
How Safe Injection Facilities Could Reduce Fentanyl OverdosesFentanyl has perhaps been the most intractable part of the opioid crisis, but new strategies being deployed in San Francisco and Philadelphia might help.
Are IV Bags Necessary to Rehydrate Patients?In the months since Hurricane Maria, U.S. hospitals have dealt with an IV bag shortage. It turns out that might not be such a bad thing.
The New Puzzle of DiabetesMost diabetic patients in the West are obese. In India, they’re not. What’s going on?
In 2018, Should We Take Ubers or Ambulances to the Hospital?The question of transportation is actually not that new. Here’s what the experts advise.
What David Brooks Misunderstands About AbortionIn his latest column, Brooks tries to barter essential health benefits for more votes. But he fundamentally misunderstands his subject.
Can We Shame Perpetrators of Sexual Misconduct Into Becoming Better People?Probably. But we need to figure out how to correctly deploy this powerful emotional tool.
Cuba’s Sonic Attacks Show Us Just How Susceptible Our Brains Are to Mass HysteriaThe symptoms so many Americans experienced were probably not caused by a secret weapon. That doesn’t mean they’re not real.
She Asked for Help for Postpartum Depression. The Nurse Called the Cops.Our lack of mental–physical health care integration and abysmal postpartum support hurt parents and families.
HHS’s New Rule Allows Health Care Workers to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People and Abortion SeekersThis isn’t just another form of Trumpian bigotry, which is why we should be even more nervous.
People Struggling With Addiction Need Help. Does Forcing Them Into Treatment Work?It depends on the type of coercion you use.
We Should Treat Everyone Like We Treat HIV-Positive PatientsThe Ryan White program is a model for comprehensive health care delivery. But we don’t use it, because we barely even know about it.