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When the Medicine Doesn’t Work

Treating pain is a notoriously tricky business. But it’s even harder if the medications on which we rely are inappropriately marketed. Last month, a Los Angeles Times investigation of Purdue Pharma asserted that for years, the company falsely elevated the efficacy of its twice-daily OxyContin, a powerful opioid pain reliever. Show More Summary

How Being Bullied Affects Your Adulthood

In American schools, bullying is like the dark cousin to prom, student elections, or football practice: Maybe you weren’t involved, but you knew that someone, somewhere was. Five years ago, President Obama spoke against this inevitability at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. Show More Summary

It’s OK to Be Worried About Zika

Here’s what we (probably) know: There’s a bad virus circulating around called Zika. If you’re not pregnant, it’s not actually that terrible. If you get it, you’ll be fine, although we should tell you that there’s a chance you may have the bad luck to get a tiny bit paralyzed. Show More Summary

How Autism Research and Mini-Brains Helped Prove Zika Causes Microcephaly

This article originally appeared on Spectrum. On the face of it, the Zika virus has little to do with autism. But for one autism researcher, Zika’s effect on fetal development and the brain hits close to home. Alysson Muotri, a native Brazilian, had been following the news about Zika in his home country closely. Show More Summary

Prozac May Be the Only Drug That Effectively Treats Depression in Kids

It’s notoriously hard to treat depression in kids—the antidepressants we rely on to treat adults seem to be less effective and more dangerous when used on younger minds. New research out of Oxford helps confirm this and then some: The...Show More Summary

What Caused Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s Disease?

During Muhammad Ali’s boxing career, scores of people played armchair coach. He was Great because of his footwork, or because of his hand speed, they argued. Once both began to lose their fearsome grace, people stopped coaching and started diagnosing. Show More Summary

If Prince Had Lived

Days before his death on April 21, associates of Prince contacted Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California-based addiction treatment specialist, reportedly over concerns that the musician had developed an opioid addiction. Prince never hadShow More Summary

Olympians Should Still Go to Rio

When Muhammad Ali, Olympic and World Champion and the greatest boxer in the history of the sport, overcame the profound tremors of Parkinsonism to light the Olympic flame 20 years ago in Atlanta, he went beyond the brave spirit that has come to symbolize the Olympics. Show More Summary

Muhammad Ali’s Peaceful Passing Is His Final Victory

The death of Muhammad Ali has been described by his family spokesman as “a very peaceful passing.” To a doctor’s ears, that’s code for “he wasn’t coded.” No chest compressions, no artificial breathing machines. After leading a most exceptional life, Ali’s dignified encounter with death makes him, in this doctor’s eyes, a champion yet again. Show More Summary

The Untold Story of America’s Opioid Addiction

We learned Thursday that Prince died of an opioid overdose—specifically from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid often prescribed to people who have built up a tolerance to oral opioids. (Fentanyl is more potent than powerful drugs like OxyContin...Show More Summary

Why Do Older Fathers Carry Higher Autism Risk? 

This article originally appeared on Spectrum on May 23, 2016. The mutations that men accumulate in their sperm as they age don’t account for most of their increased risk of having a child with autism, reports a study published Monday in Nature Genetics. Show More Summary

No, You Don’t Need Special “Anti-Zika” Condoms

When the Australian Olympic team arrives in Rio de Janeiro this summer, they’ll be armed with extra-special anti-Zika condoms, courtesy of Australian pharmaceutical company Starpharma’s condom manufacturer Ansell, Reuters reports. The...Show More Summary

Rio Should Still Host the Summer Olympics

Eighty years ago this summer, courageous people from all over the world travelled to Berlin for the Nazi-hosted Olympics, none more famously than Jesse Owens. It is ironic that as this event is commemorated, the current Olympics in Brazil...Show More Summary

Unhelpful Punishment

At the beginning of this school year, Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, brought a makeshift clock to school to impress his teachers—and ended up in handcuffs. His teachers, it seemed, thought it could be a bomb, and Mohamed was interrogated without his parents present for hours. Show More Summary

Lightening Nurses’ Loads 

Hotel rooms have occupancy limits, as do elevators, and even taxi cabs in New York City, but few laws in the United States regulate or even monitor the number of patients that any one hospital nurse can be responsible for at a given time. Show More Summary

What “Addiction” Really Means

Although many of the facts surrounding the death of Prince remain to be established, one thing is clear: He had been treated for an extended period of time with pain-relieving drugs. Reports suggest that an overdose of one of those drugs led to the emergency landing of his private plane early in the morning of April 15 in Moline, Illinois. Show More Summary

Hand Dryer vs. Paper Towel: Which Is Cleaner? 

Are you going to lecture me about saving the environment? Actually, no. We’re reasonably sure that using hand dryers is in fact the way to go if you’re looking to help out the environment. But that’s not why we’re here. So why are we...Show More Summary

Thirty Years Later, Chernobyl Is Still Deadly

This piece originally appeared on the Conversation. The 1986 Chernobyl and 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents both share the notorious distinction of attaining the highest accident rating on the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, scale of nuclear accidents. Show More Summary

Should Drunk Drivers Be Forced to Visit Morgues?

Southern California’s Orange County takes drunk driving seriously, especially if you’re underage. On top of all the typical punishments—fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and work opportunities—a judge can sentence an offender...Show More Summary

Don’t Panic Over a U.S. Zika Outbreak

When it comes to an emerging contagion, it’s often difficult for the news media to deliver a balanced message. Inflammatory health scares are generally not the fault of a public health official trying to provide the facts but the media...Show More Summary

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