The New Puritans
July 15, 2013
When I read last month that voters in Portland, Oregon, had defeated a bill that would have fluoridated their drinking water, I was reminded of my first experience with an anti-fluoridation wacko.
In an important step, the American Medical Association voted to condemn the FDA’s longstanding ban on gay men donating blood at its biannual conference Tuesday.
Did Ritalin Make Kids in Quebec Dumber?
June 14, 2013
ADHD meds like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, and Vyvanse have been called "smart pills" for their ability to bestow superhuman powers of concentration. In the U.S.
The Painful Politics of Painkillers
June 13, 2013
Opioids are deadlier than ever, but research into cannabis is still taboo.
Reforming health-care costs, it turns out, doesn't have much to do with reforming health-care spending.
The Sequester's Dumbest Cut
February 26, 2013
Of all the sequestration pink slips about to be handed down from Washington, the one for programs to vaccinate children seems particularly shortsighted.
What We Mean When We Say “Carpenters”
February 13, 2013
When orthopedic surgeons call themselves “carpenters,”what do they mean?
Flu Shots in the Firehouse
January 31, 2013
In Oakland, firefighters can give you vaccinations—and may soon offer counseling about things like diabetes and asthma. Is this the future of medicine?