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In Puerto Rico, Surgery by Flashlight Is Just the Beginning

On Friday, former Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla tweeted a photo from inside a hospital, in which scrubbed-up doctors leaned over an operating table performing surgery lit only by a flashlight. “This is what POTUS calls a 10!” García Padilla wrote in the English version of his post. Show More Summary

We Have to Ration Health Care

When Sen. Bernie Sanders makes his argument for single-payer health care, he often leans on the phrase cost-effective to describe his fix for America’s health care crisis. It came up four times in a recent op-ed he penned for Fortune magazine about the potential benefits of Medicare for all for small businesses; when he and Sen. Show More Summary

The Data Is Clear: Access to Contraception Improves Health and Saves Money

I am a physician. I went to medical school to help women become mothers and help parents form families. Now, the women I serve are uninsured and underinsured urban women who struggle with domestic violence, drug addiction, rape and assault, and chronic pain. Show More Summary

If Harvey Weinstein Were Serious About Getting Help, He Wouldn’t Call Himself a Sex Addict

Harvey Weinstein set off on his private jet to Europe on Tuesday night, where he intends to enter a rehab facility for sex addictions, according to TMZ. The escape, which came after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault...Show More Summary

DeVos-Backed Neurofeedback Company Has Escaped Government Scrutiny

This story originally appeared on Spectrum and has been republished here with permission. On the website of the company Neurocore, an illustration of an anthropomorphized human brain, complete with hopeful eyes and a wide smile, is pumping iron. Show More Summary

The Fight for the Right to Eat Seal Blubber

One afternoon in 2014, May Bernhardt, an 87-year-old Inupiat Eskimo with stringy gray hair, toothlessly chewed a banana. The fruit was perfectly ripe and a good source of fiber and potassium, but she hated it. Bernhardt lives in a nursing...Show More Summary

Why Do We Keep Resurrecting the Cautionary Medical Tale?

Want to listen to this article out loud? Hear it on Slate Voice. When the first Flatliners movie came out in 1990, it received mixed reviews. Critics praised the novelty of its premise—a group of medical students repeatedly kill and revive themselves as a means of understanding and overcoming death—but lamented its heavy-handed delivery. Show More Summary

Hospitals Aren’t Fully Prepared for Mass Shootings, and It’s the Gun Lobby’s Fault

An emergency department after a mass casualty incident is the quintessence of the Mike Tyson rule: Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. On Sunday night, Las Vegas was more than punched in the mouth—after experiencing the new deadliest mass shooting in U.S. Show More Summary

We Don’t Want to Know What Will Kill Us

Want to listen to this article out loud? Hear it on Slate Voice. When, in 1996, French nun Mariannick Caniou found out she didn’t have Huntington’s disease, the lethal, degenerative genetic disorder, she fell into a depression. Throughout her life, she had been convinced that she would develop the illness that had killed her mother and grandmother. Show More Summary

Can You Cure Autism?

This story originally appeared on Spectrum and has been republished here with permission. From the moment her 18-month-old son Sam was diagnosed with autism, Elizabeth B., or Liz, found it difficult to accept. When Sam failed to make...Show More Summary

The Trump Administration Is Quietly Undermining the ACA’s Plan to Innovate Health Care

In March, when former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz infamously remarked that Americans should forgo waiting in line for the new iPhone and instead invest in their own health care, his statement was widely derided as financially illiterate and, more bluntly, offensive. Show More Summary

Big Pharma’s Attempt to Ghostwrite for Stat Ended Badly—but Not Badly Enough

The ghosts struck again last week. This time it was in Boston. There’s no question that it was them. Once you’ve seen enough of these shadowy figures, you can spot them from a distance. You learn to smell the faint aroma of tobacco that...Show More Summary

A New Strategy to Undermine Big Pharma’s Price Gouging Actually Worked

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of the drug benznidazole, which is used to treat a parasitic disease that afflicts about 300,000 Americans and that, left untreated, can lead to heart failure. It sounds like a routine case of government agencies doing routine work—a relief during the Trump administration. Show More Summary

You Shouldn’t Fast Before Surgery

In 1946, obstetrician and cardiologist Curtis Lester Mendelson discovered a disturbing phenomenon: He found that some women who had anesthesia in labor were vomiting and aspirating on their stomach contents during delivery. As reported in his landmark study on surgical aspiration, Mendelson discovered 66 such cases in more than 44,000 pregnancies. Show More Summary

Why Does High School Still Start So Early?

The last students around the country are making their way back to school this week. But regardless of the virtues of starting a new school year in August or in September, one thing is still almost uniformly true: Most of the nation’s public middle schools and high schools still start far too early—in the morning, that is. Show More Summary

Could Your Next Doctor Be Your Dentist?

Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body. It’s harder than steel. Which helps explain why the three words “root canal treatment” often strike such terror into patients sitting in the dental chair. It starts by boring a hole through enamel as effortlessly as if it were rice paper. Show More Summary

Trump Is Making Truckers’ Regulation Problems Much Worse

The Trump administration is consistent about one thing—it’s against regulation. In early August, the Department of Transportation withdrew an Obama-era proposal that would have required truck drivers be tested for sleep apnea. Getting...Show More Summary

Are You at Risk of Alzheimer’s?

This story was originally published by Undark and has been republished here with permission. There is a memorable episode in the now-classic sitcom Scrubs in which the conniving Dr. Kelso unveils a plan to peddle useless “full body scans” as a new revenue stream for the perpetually cash-strapped Sacred Heart Hospital. Show More Summary

Some People Still Need Opioids

On July 26, Todd Graham, 56, a well-respected rehabilitation specialist in Mishawaka, Indiana, lost his life. Earlier that day, a woman complaining of chronic pain had come to Graham’s office in hope of receiving an opioid such as Percocet, Vicodin, or long-acting OxyContin. Show More Summary

Searching for My Summer Sole Mate

Recently, I fulfilled a longtime dream of mine: I went shoe-shopping with a podiatrist. Let me explain: I love sandals. They’re kind of my kryptonite—I covet them, I feel powerless against their pull. I want to specify that I am not generally a crazy shoe lady—but then Memorial Day comes, and my feet long to be free. Show More Summary

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