Medicine

The Quackish Cult of Alternative Medicine
Dr. Paul Offit's battle against charlatanism
October 19, 2013

Think the government should allow people to medicate themselves and their children however people want to? Think again.

Assad's Assault on Medical Providers
September 17, 2013

Last week, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof nominated Syria as the world capital of human suffering.

Held Hostage by a Hospital
The Mayo Clinic is making Rochester, Minn., double in size—and billing residents for it
July 24, 2013

When the billionaire owner of the Minnesota Vikings football team decided last year he wanted a new, $1 billion stadium, he did what sports franchise owners often do: threaten to relocate to another state—at least implicitly—and thereby wrung nearly

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.

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