The New Puritans
When did liberals become so uptight?
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.

The AMA Says Gay Men Should Be Able to Give Blood—But the FDA Isn't Listening
June 20, 2013

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
Opioids are deadlier than ever, but research into cannabis is still taboo
June 13, 2013

Opioids are deadlier than ever, but research into cannabis is still taboo.

Brilliant: The Problem with the Problem with Health Care Costs
April 22, 2013

Reforming health-care costs, it turns out, doesn't have much to do with reforming health-care spending. 

The Sequester's Dumbest Cut
Childhood vaccinations don't just save lives; they save money too
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
How to Survive Our Doctor Shortage
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?

Fever Dreams—Investigating the Memoir
November 29, 2012

Cahalan understands her memoir as an illumination of absence more than an act of retrospection.

Deadly Locations
May 24, 2012

Tom Koch, a medical geographer, demonstrates how maps were critical to epidemiology long before the germ theory of disease was ever uttered, let alone