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No, You Don’t Need Special “Anti-Zika” Condoms

When the Australian Olympic team arrives in Rio de Janeiro this summer, they’ll be armed with extra-special anti-Zika condoms, courtesy of Australian pharmaceutical company Starpharma’s condom manufacturer Ansell, Reuters reports. The...Show More Summary

Rio Should Still Host the Summer Olympics

Eighty years ago this summer, courageous people from all over the world travelled to Berlin for the Nazi-hosted Olympics, none more famously than Jesse Owens. It is ironic that as this event is commemorated, the current Olympics in Brazil...Show More Summary

Unhelpful Punishment

At the beginning of this school year, Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, brought a makeshift clock to school to impress his teachers—and ended up in handcuffs. His teachers, it seemed, thought it could be a bomb, and Mohamed was interrogated without his parents present for hours. Show More Summary

Lightening Nurses’ Loads 

Hotel rooms have occupancy limits, as do elevators, and even taxi cabs in New York City, but few laws in the United States regulate or even monitor the number of patients that any one hospital nurse can be responsible for at a given time. Show More Summary

What “Addiction” Really Means

Although many of the facts surrounding the death of Prince remain to be established, one thing is clear: He had been treated for an extended period of time with pain-relieving drugs. Reports suggest that an overdose of one of those drugs led to the emergency landing of his private plane early in the morning of April 15 in Moline, Illinois. Show More Summary

Hand Dryer vs. Paper Towel: Which Is Cleaner? 

Are you going to lecture me about saving the environment? Actually, no. We’re reasonably sure that using hand dryers is in fact the way to go if you’re looking to help out the environment. But that’s not why we’re here. So why are we...Show More Summary

Thirty Years Later, Chernobyl Is Still Deadly

This piece originally appeared on the Conversation. The 1986 Chernobyl and 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents both share the notorious distinction of attaining the highest accident rating on the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, scale of nuclear accidents. Show More Summary

Should Drunk Drivers Be Forced to Visit Morgues?

Southern California’s Orange County takes drunk driving seriously, especially if you’re underage. On top of all the typical punishments—fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and work opportunities—a judge can sentence an offender...Show More Summary

Don’t Panic Over a U.S. Zika Outbreak

When it comes to an emerging contagion, it’s often difficult for the news media to deliver a balanced message. Inflammatory health scares are generally not the fault of a public health official trying to provide the facts but the media...Show More Summary

A Silent Killer

A couple days after Patty Duke died from complications of intestinal perforation, I received a text from a friend feeling under the weather asking me, “Do I have sepsis?” The answer was, mostly likely not. The reason I could say this is that my friend is a healthy person without multiple medical problems. Show More Summary

To Pee, or Not to Pee

When New York Mets fans found out Monday that their star pitcher, Matt Harvey, was suffering from an “unspecified ailment,” they quickly assumed the worst. Was he out of practice indefinitely? Was his arm permanently damaged in some way? Would he have to be replaced at this Sunday’s season opener? Fortunately, the problem fixed itself quickly. Show More Summary

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex and Zika (but Were Afraid to Ask)

So, Zika is sexy now? No, not exactly. But there is increasing evidence that the mosquito-borne Zika virus can be transmitted via sexual contact between people if a male partner is infected. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Show More Summary

How to Save People From Snakebites

Matt Lewin waited for the paralysis to set in. Two anesthesiologists and an emergency-room doctor monitored his vitals while the mivacurium moved through him. Mivacurium paralyzes skeletal muscles the same way a cobra bite does, with the venom’s most deadly effect: It causes the diaphragm to stop contracting, and the victim suffocates. Show More Summary

What Will It Take to End the AIDS Epidemic?

World AIDS Day is, like other world disease days, a publicity gambit that has a distinctly absurd pageantry. But there is substance beyond candlelight vigils, a red ribbon hung from the White House portico, and proclamations from politicians and public health officials. Show More Summary

Anti-Abortion Terrorism Must Be Stopped

As news continues to unfold about Friday’s Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs, one thing is clear: Domestic terrorism remains unchecked, even on the day after Thanksgiving. To label this an isolated act of violence would be naïve. Show More Summary

Do Death With Dignity Laws Increase the General Suicide Rate?

Death with dignity laws do one thing, and one thing only: give terminally ill patients the choice to end their lives comfortably rather than prolonging their suffering. Relieving people of physical agony from which there is no hope of...Show More Summary

Pope Francis Should End the Ban on Condoms

The St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Homa Bay, Kenya, sits on top of a mountain that overlooks a glistening Lake Victoria. When I visited in mid-November, bookmark-size prayer cards were being distributed in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to Kenya in late November. Show More Summary

Superbugs Are Everywhere

On a sunny June day in 2014, I returned home from a walk in my neighborhood with what I thought were mosquito bites on my leg. Most of them quickly faded away, but one, with a tiny black dot at its center, did not. It grew. After days...Show More Summary

How Television Misrepresents Abortion

When I was 16 and anti-choice, I thought abortion was murder. I thought anyone who even considered it was selfish, cold-hearted, and godless. But then the pastor’s daughter got knocked up, and I knew she wasn’t godless. If anyone had...Show More Summary

Scurvy Is a Serious Public Health Problem

In the winter of 2009, Eric Churchill was called to a patient’s bedside at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, to help out with a medical mystery. The middle-aged man had shown up with bleeding gums, unexplained swelling, bruises, and fatigue. Show More Summary

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