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Don’t Blame It on Depression

Because Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz killed himself when he purposefully drove a plane carrying 149 other people into a mountain in the Alps, there has been an assumption that he suffered from “depression”—an assumption strengthened...Show More Summary

Could Better Psychological Testing Prevent a Tragedy Like the Germanwings Crash?

We still don’t know exactly what happened on Germanwings Flight 9525, leading to the death of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz and the 149 other people on board. But on Thursday, the chief prosecutor for the investigation said the evidence so...Show More Summary

Bad Alternatives

Angelina Jolie Pitt should be credited for again focusing attention on the beyond difficult (and typically private) dilemmas that haunt women who carry a cancer-causing BRCA mutation. But in explaining in the New York Times her own decision...Show More Summary

Not an Isolated Incident

In January 2014, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared that his goal as governor was to “end abortion in Mississippi.” He has not been able to do that so far, but earlier this week, vigilantes took the matter into their own hands. Sometime...Show More Summary

The Most Neglected Disease

Two years ago a colleague and I were awarded a grant for a reporting project on the subject of HIV prevention. We chose our location and pitched the story, and soon two major media outlets were on board to publish our work. One year later we were awarded a subsequent grant to conduct a reporting project on tuberculosis. Show More Summary

The Weight of the Evidence

If you’re one of the 45 million Americans who plan to go on a diet this year, I’ve got one word of advice for you: Don’t. You’ll likely lose weight in the short term, but your chance of keeping if off for five years or more is about the same as your chance of surviving metastatic lung cancer: 5 percent. Show More Summary


I debunk today with a heavy heart, one that is filled with sorrow. Another silly science piece has been emitted to the readers of the New York Times, and zapped into their social media accounts. The “Disruptions” column in this morning’s Thursday Style section—posted online Wednesday—lays out the health risks of wearable technology. Show More Summary

Prince of Pseudoscience

Like many Americans, I tend to look at the British royal family with bemusement at the realization that such an advanced nation still maintains such an outdated and unnecessary (not to mention expensive) appendage to the government as a queen and royal family, complete with medieval-style hereditary succession to the throne. Show More Summary

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

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