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American Children Deserve a Better Death

In America, we tend not to die well. The U.S. ranked ninth out of 80 countries on the Economist’s Quality of Death Index for 2015. Buoyed by the high quality of end-of-life care, we lag behind other developed nations in terms of affordability...Show More Summary

Is a Heart Attack Cardiac Arrest?

Carrie Fisher died Tuesday following a weekend in which her health was the topic of several major news stories. For most doctors following this story, the details of the case reflected only one thing: No one seemed to know what a heart...Show More Summary

Advocacy From the Edge

Carrie Fisher, who died on Tuesday, has been rightly celebrated for her artistic career. She’s also been recognized as an advocate for mental illness, and she often intertwined the two. Afflicted with bipolar disorder, she educated the public about the condition as if she were on a mission. Show More Summary

You Don’t Need to Actively Avoid BPA

This story was originally published on the Conversation and is republished here with permission. Those making the traditional green-bean casserole over the holidays might see a label on their can of green beans or mushroom soup thatShow More Summary

Life Expectancy Is, Overall, Increasing

This story has been republished from A Place for Mom with permission. Don’t believe the hype. Life expectancy isn’t plummeting. What is life expectancy? Life expectancy is the expected number of years of life remaining at a particular age. Show More Summary

Is the Opioid Crisis Partly to Blame for President Trump?

One of the darkest theories about President-elect Donald Trump’s electoral upset is the idea that the opioid epidemic ripping across middle America played a significant role in the outcome of this election. There seems to be a correlation between places that went heavily for Trump and areas struck hard by the opioid crisis. Show More Summary

E-Cigarettes Might Be the Best Addiction to Have

On Jan. 11, 1964, Dr. Luther Terry released the first report of the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health. The report concluded that there was not merely an association between smoking and cancer, but a causal relationship. It was a watershed moment. Show More Summary

The FDA Should Approve Drugs Based on Evidence, Not Emotions

On Dec. 7, the New York Times ran an inspiring, dangerous story about Celine Ryan, a 50-year-old whose advanced colon cancer was successfully treated with experimental immunotherapy. Inspiring, because researchers repeatedly rejected...Show More Summary

Trump Isn’t an Anti-Vaxxer. He’s a Slow Vaxxer.

Anti-vaxxers think they finally have a friend in the White House. Donald Trump has voiced concerns about vaccines for at least a decade, and, in August, he reportedly attended a fundraiser with disgraced and delicensed doctor Andrew Wakefield, whose discredited research helped launch the anti-vaccination panic. But Trump isn’t quite an anti-vaxxer. Show More Summary

We Know How to Treat Opioid Addiction

When I was 22 years old, I was treated for an addiction to opioids. In the five years since, I wake up each morning and scan my news filters to read about some of the 78 people who die each day from overdose. Which depressed Rust Belt city was hit today? The opioid crisis is one of few in public health that, despite all efforts, continues to worsen. Show More Summary

Is PMS Real?

The following is an excerpt from The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes. One day, while I was researching my recent book about cultural syndromes across the world, I was talking to my wife when she said, “Well, I got my period. Show More Summary

Don’t Give Kids Under 12 Cold and Cough Medicine

This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is reprinted here with permission. The common cold season is here, and if you have children, you will likely feel their suffering from these annoying upper respiratory tract viral infections. Show More Summary

The Major Fall

Leonard Cohen seemed to be at peace with the idea of his own mortality, and he wished only that death not be too “uncomfortable.” Cohen died in his sleep last week, and we can hope it was painless. But the actual cause of his death was not simple old age. Show More Summary

Homeopathic Medicines Will Carry Labels Saying They’re Unscientific

The Federal Trade Commission just cracked down on an unusual product that has long enjoyed exemption from regulation: homeopathic drugs. Available everywhere from Whole Foods to CVS, homeopathic products are advertised as an effective way to treat a wide range of conditions. Show More Summary

Our Patients Need Us

This election and its results have illuminated a dark underbelly of American society: President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign may have drawn in voters who felt forgotten, but it also fed on racism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. Show More Summary

The Five Stages of Grief Aren’t Real, but Trump Anxiety Is

Many people seem to be mourning and grieving the U.S. presidential election results as if it were a death in their own family. In my liberal Boston-area neighborhood, I’ve encountered many people in all black, as if en route to a funeral. Show More Summary

How to Talk About Mental Illness Without Relying on Strength

Earlier this month, Donald Trump stood in front of a crowd of veterans and suggested that soldiers who take their own lives are not “strong” and that they “can’t handle it.” The precise words of the man who evaded military service by...Show More Summary

Do Acetaminophen’s Risks Outweigh the Benefits?

This story is reproduced with permission from The Conversation. Acetaminophen has been around for more than 50 years. It’s safe and many guidelines recommend it as the go-to treatment. At least, that’s the conventional view of the drug. Show More Summary

We’ve Misdiagnosed the Problem With Donald Trump

Lately, I have been having dreams about Donald Trump. In one, I’m in the audience as he walks out onto the debate stage, and the version of Hillary Clinton who follows him out is bald and deranged. In another, I’m waiting for Kanye West to perform at Madison Square Garden, but Trump does instead. Show More Summary

Is Your Birth Control Making You Depressed?

Here’s how I usually start a conversation with a patient about birth control: None of the methods I have for you today are perfect. We don’t have perfect, though I wish we did. We have pretty good; we have good enough; we have not-great. Show More Summary

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