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Why It’s So Difficult to Diagnose Autism in Girls

This article originally appeared on Spectrum on Oct. 6, 2015. Subtle, significant. In a nutshell, these two words capture the symptoms of many girls with autism. Like many in my field, I’ve seen this subtlety firsthand. One 6-year-old girl I met several years ago seemed, at first, to have good social skills. Show More Summary

Preemies Should Not Be Props

Extreme anti-smoking ads are maddeningly manipulative. You’ve probably seen some of the more disgusting ones, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state health agencies: the poor guy who has to coverShow More Summary

America’s Ebola Panic

It’s been a year since peak “Fearbola” in the United States—the out-of-proportion panic at the possibility of Ebola cases in this country. At that time, the outbreak was increasing dramatically in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Thomas...Show More Summary

Please Just Shoot Me Now

A few weeks ago, I drove up to a Rite Aid pharmacy near my home in San Diego and saw large red signs affixed to lampposts that urged me in English and Spanish to get my flu shot today. “FLU SHOTS NOW AVAILABLE!” blared another sign taped to the glass entrance. Show More Summary

How Tough Are the Vaccination Laws in Your State?

Update, July 1, 2015: This map has been updated to reflect a new California law mandating that almost all children attending public schools be vaccinated regardless of the personal or religious beliefs of their guardians. Mouse over each state to see its measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination rate. Original post, Feb. Show More Summary

Are You a Narcissist?

I would like to dedicate this article about narcissism to a very special person: me. This decision was not made lightly—only after I determined that there was no one else so incandescent, so charming, so wittily expert in the field of...Show More Summary

Ebola Is Not Over When It’s Over

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—Ebola continues to blindside us. We still know next to nothing about the virus. It resurfaced unexpectedly in Liberia in July, two months after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak there over. One...Show More Summary

Cornering the Market on Essential Drugs

A few months ago, I treated a patient for a case of pinworm, a parasitic infestation that affects roughly 400 million people worldwide, with 40 million of those cases occurring within the United States. Though pinworms can be found in...Show More Summary

Do Not Delay

Now Donald Trump is a vaccine expert. During last week’s Republican debate, he told the story of a child who got sick and became autistic after receiving a vaccine. Trump failed to provide any evidence that autism is connected to vaccines. Show More Summary

Vaccines Are Not to Blame

Sarah Lemar was born Dec. 5, 1979, in Memphis, Tennessee. She and her mother, Alice Clinton, soon fell into the blissful routine of a new mom and her first infant. Days, Clinton would steal naps on the couch, her newborn baby nestled on her chest—slender, fairylike legs tucked up underneath, like an Anne Geddes photograph. Show More Summary

Now I Know What Your Blood Pressure Should Be

It’s easy to get confused by the overly dramatic daily news about health and medicine. One day coffee is great for you, the next day it interferes with sleep and leads to illness. One day the plague is back, the next day it’s Ebola or West Nile virus that’s capturing attention. Show More Summary

Shame on People Who Fat-Shame

Last week comedian Nicole Arbour posted a self-described “truth bomb” on YouTube, “Dear Fat People,” that quickly went viral. “If we offend you so much that you lose weight, I’m OK with that,” she said, and then did her best to offend,...Show More Summary

Abortion Guilt

Pope Francis announced plans last week, as part of his Holy Year of Mercy, for easier absolution for women who have had abortions. Five seconds later, battle lines were drawn. Supporters hailed his graces, conservatives were cheesedShow More Summary

Life After Autism

This article originally appeared on Spectrum on Sept. 8, 2015. Alex, age 10, bounds onto his bed to pose with his Aaron Rodgers poster, grinning as proudly as if he had recruited the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback himself. Continuing...Show More Summary

Does Contraception Reduce Abortions?

The Republican Party says it’s against abortion. But now Republican governors, members of Congress, and presidential candidates are trying to defund Planned Parenthood. Some are threatening to shut down the government if they don’t get their way. Show More Summary

Want to Donate Your Body to Science? Call Me.

This article originally appeared in Zócalo Public Square. For more than three years, I thought about death every day. This wasn’t some morbid obsession. It was my job. A growing number of senior citizens—both permanent residents and part-time “snowbirds”—have settled in neighborhoods and mobile home parks across greater Phoenix. Show More Summary

Do Chewing Sounds Make You Crazy?

When I first read a description of misophonia, my reaction was: Other people have this?! This intense, angry reaction to everyday sounds like chewing, lip-smacking, sniffing, and pen-clicking—sounds that other people can ignore? My second reaction was: Damn. Show More Summary

Africa’s Year Without Polio

This week, for the first time, Africa marks one year without a new case of polio. Polio is a horrible disease that paralyzes and kills children. It was wiped out years ago in most countries and is tantalizingly close to being wiped off the face of the planet. Show More Summary

That #^% Sugar Film

One of the most popular family films in America right now, if you go by digital sales, is an Australian documentary about sugar. Made by actor Damon Gameau, That Sugar Film tells the story of a two-month–long experiment in self-destructive...Show More Summary

Fetal Tissue Gives Hope for One of the Worst Diseases

For five years, I watched my best friend die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terrible disease that causes one’s muscles to waste away. First he struggled to walk, then to speak, then to breathe. One tube pushed air into his lungs; another pushed nutrients into his stomach. Show More Summary

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