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Who Lives and Who Dies?

This article originally appeared in the London Review of Books. What is it like to be a passenger on a bus, or standing in a cheering crowd at the finishing line of a marathon, in the seconds after a bomb goes off, when you know you’re...Show More Summary

Tug of War

If you ever travel to Mogos, South Sudan, make sure to bring a water filter—not just because of the dirty water, but because of the dirty looks. The filter signals your participation in the fight against the Guinea worm parasite. “It’s...Show More Summary

The Man Who Discovered Thiamin

This essay is adapted from Vitamania: From Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price, published by Penguin Press. In the mid-1800s, a strange sickness was devastating parts of Southeast Asia. KnownShow More Summary

Pregnant Workers’ Rights

It was 11:30 a.m. on a Friday, and one of us, Chavi Eve Karkowsky, was running about an hour behind schedule seeing patients at a high-risk pregnancy clinic. I rushed in to see my 10:30 patient, a lovely woman whom we’ll call Ms. Z. She was a cheerful presence, dressed for the winter day with bright scarves and tall black boots. Show More Summary

Allergies Are the Real Midlife Crisis

Allergies are mysterious things, especially considering they affect more than 50 million people in the United States. We have a basic understanding of how allergies work—sufferers produce an antibody called Immunoglobulin E when exposed to substances that are otherwise harmless, like cat dander, peanuts, or ragweed. Show More Summary

You Should Get a Tax Deduction for a Gym Membership

April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children, and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. Show More Summary

War Is Hell, and the Hell Rubs Off

In September 2007, at the height of the Iraq surge, I spent two weeks with the Army’s 2 nd Battalion, 12 th Infantry in Dora, one of the deadliest neighborhoods in Baghdad. By that point in the war, I had embedded with a dozen-odd infantry units, and 2-12, the “Lethal Warriors” from Fort Carson in Colorado, was one of the best I’d seen. Show More Summary

Burned by Bureaucracy

The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power. The Honda Insight was about to become the first hybrid electric vehicle sold in the United States. Show More Summary

How Bad Is Marijuana for Your Health?

The Journal of Neuroscience recently published a study linking recreational marijuana use to subtle changes in brain structure. The researchers, led by Jodi Gilman of Massachusetts General Hospital, identified increased gray matter density in the left nucleus accumbens and some bordering areas. Show More Summary

Canada’s Vicious HIV Laws

In Canada, it is illegal for HIV-positive people to have sex without disclosing their status, in some cases even if they use a condom and even if no one gets infected. Canada is now one of the top 10 countries in the world for arrests...Show More Summary

Fear the Camel

Infectious disease experts have been worriedly watching a new disease for more than a year and a half now, but it’s a fair bet that most people still haven’t twigged to the existence of the world’s latest infectious threat: MERS. That may be changing, with new infections popping up recently in Malaysia, Greece, the Philippines, and Egypt. Show More Summary

The Guinea Pig Club

Excerpted from Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century by Kevin Fong, out now from The Penguin Press HC. On Aug. 31, 1940, the Battle of Britain was reaching a critical phase when Hurricane pilot Tom Gleave’s aircraft came under enemy fire. Show More Summary

Should Doctors Take Care of Their Relatives?

Modern physicians may give medical advice to their family members or, in a pinch, write them a prescription for a low-risk medication. (They’re not really supposed to, but it happens.) But most would never take charge of a relative’s...Show More Summary

Which City Has the Worst Allergies?

For some unpleasant things in life, it seems to be a point of pride to declare that you have it the very worst. People one-up their friends on who had the most embarrassing drunken weekend, argue that their mother-in-law horror story is the most outrageous, or insist that their city has with the worst traffic. Show More Summary

A Hospital’s Most Important Secret System

Every two weeks, the Quality Improvement Committee meets in a windowless room. Some people’s names are called; they leave because they were involved in the adverse event. Everyone else stays. They hear the story. They ask questions. Show More Summary

The Residents Rise Up

Two years ago, I received my first employment contract. Not long after Match Day, I did what 115,000 physicians in training did that year and will do again this year: I signed the contract promptly and returned it. I tried to read the contract carefully, but it didn’t really matter. Show More Summary

This Article Is Fortified With Antioxidants

Like many things that are infuriating and depressing, POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company is also very funny. Currently under consideration by the Supreme Court, the case has a wonderfully absurd feel, starting with the name of the product in question, which itself remains a matter of debate. Show More Summary

Roll Over! Shake! Smell This Mole!

Dogs can reliably detect prostate cancer by sniffing a man’s urine, according to a widely publicized study released this month. I’ll take a dog over a digital rectal exam any day. Plus, dogs are our most faithful friends—who better...Show More Summary

Did Elliot Rodger’s Therapists Fail?

When Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, politicians and lobbyists blamed our broken mental health system. Lanza’s mother had told people that he suffered from Asperger syndrome and...Show More Summary

Amazon’s Illegal Drug Dealing

My wife Lisa doesn’t cherish the fact that this story begins by disclosing her recent acne flare-up. But given the wider public health implications, she’s given me permission to write about the stubborn collection of pimples on her left cheek that didn’t respond to her usual skin care. Show More Summary

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