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Could a Breathable Mattress Help Your Baby Avoid SIDS?

Around the time my second baby was born, in 2014, I started seeing ads for a new air-permeable crib mattress. It featured a baby sleeping face down with reassurance that she could safely breathe right through the mattress. With a gesture...Show More Summary

Searching for a Straight Shot to a Zika Vaccine

Zika is coming to Maryland. If all goes according to plan, this December, a handful of people in Baltimore will be infected with the virus. But they won’t have gotten it from traveling abroad, where most cases in the U.S. have come from. Show More Summary

Zika Is Spreading, but It Won’t Go Far

The news about Zika seems particularly bad as of late. An infant born in Texas died last week due to complications from microcephaly, the first death in Texas to have resulted from Zika. Local transmission continues in Florida: The state will offer free testing to pregnant women, a critically important step, but federal funding is still missing. Show More Summary

Cupping: Mikey Likes It. Scientists Don’t.

Since Michael Phelps was spotted spotted at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Google searches for cupping have skyrocketed to levels not seen since Jennifer Aniston walked the red carpet with visible cupping circles. And while we all...Show More Summary

Treating Pregnant Women With Zika in Real Time

This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is republished here with permission. As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. Show More Summary

Get Thee to a Hospital

This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is reproduced here with permission. A report published in May from researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine claims that medical errors are the third leading cause of death...Show More Summary

String of Lies

My French roommate Julie had just come into the bathroom to get something. “What are you doing with that string in your mouth,” she said, with a look of horrified surprise. It turns out she had never seen floss. We were both in our 20s, and my dentist had spent over a decade instructing me to floss, so I was a little horrified, too. Show More Summary

Florida’s Zika Outbreak Was Expected

Women of childbearing years are suddenly asking me if they should travel to Florida. I tell them that, for the vast majority of Florida, the answer is yes. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced 14 cases of the Zika virus in one small section of Miami–Dade County. Show More Summary

Stop Measuring Pregnancy in Months!

There are so few things I’m really, really adamant about as a women’s health provider. I mean, aside from the basic necessities (evidenced-based medicine, good care, patient autonomy), I don’t hold by much ceremony in my office. You want to bring your kids to visits? Totally OK; we’ll provide crayons. Show More Summary

Fewer Than 100 Zika Cases Will Come From the Rio Olympics

Zika is frightening because we don’t know much about it. Uncertainty spreads fear, particularly when the rare risk is as catastrophic as microcephaly. But even as we can admit this truth, we must also learn to be calmed by emerging facts...Show More Summary

Being Transgender Is Not a Mental Disorder

It’s a bit embarrassing to remember that it was less than half a century ago that being gay was listed as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association. The organization declassified homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973, thanks in large part to the efforts of Alfred Kinsey, famed researcher of human sexuality. Show More Summary

Have Humans Finally Reached Peak Height?

Our society puts quite a premium on height: Tall people earn more money, are often perceived as more attractive, and get better views at crowded concerts. So new research suggesting that we may have reached peak height feels a bit unsettling. The study in question compiled data from more than 1,000 papers stretching back to 1896. Show More Summary

The Vaccination Double Standard

For a baby born at 28 weeks—a full three months early—he was doing remarkably well, “feeding and growing” until he was big and strong enough to be cared for at home. As medical residents on the neonatal unit, we rarely saw this baby’s family. Show More Summary

Can a Nurse Practitioner Replace a Physician?

If you or your child were sick and were assigned to see a nurse practitioner instead of a physician, would you hesitate? As a medical student in Cleveland, John was diagnosed with skin lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. He was terrified...Show More Summary

The RNC Ignores Actual Science, but Embraces Pseudoscience

As 9 p.m. approached on the Wednesday of the 2012 Republican National Convention, delegates in Tampa, Florida, heard from South Dakota Sen. John Thune and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. On Wednesday, as that same hour approaches in Cleveland,...Show More Summary

Tuning Out

Last week, America awoke to not one, but two murders of black males by way of police encounters. For most people of color, it becomes increasingly impossible to escape the flood of news coverage broadcasting gruesome details of the events...Show More Summary

Zika-Infected Person Dies in Utah

On Friday, officials at the Salt Lake County Health Department in Utah reported that an elderly resident died last month after contracting Zika. The individual is the second known Zika-associated death in this country, as a man carrying the virus died from complications in Puerto Rico in late April. Show More Summary

Turning Back the Clock

This article originally appeared on Spectrum and is reproduced here with permission. It’s difficult to tell what Gina Pace wants unless you already know what she wants. But sometimes that’s easy, and this is one of those times: Gina wants pizza. Show More Summary

Reining in Opioids

This week, the Obama administration announced several proposed changes to address the opioid and heroin crisis in this country, some of which may favorably influence the broken culture of pain management in the United States today. Given...Show More Summary

Can We Have Compassion for the Angry?

All humans are born with a powerful wired-in fight-or-flight response—anyone who has held a screaming infant can attest to its intensity. Anger is an essential biological reaction to perceived danger, a physiological shift that allows us to stop thinking and take immediate action, to act as if our life depends on it. Show More Summary

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