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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

Actually, That Gross, New Stomach-Draining Device Might Be Effective

In an attempt to gain new ground in the battle against obesity, the Food and Drug Administration recently approved a device, called the AspireAssist, that enables users to empty the contents of their stomach via a surgical-inserted tube following consumption of a meal. Show More Summary

When the Medicine Doesn’t Work

Treating pain is a notoriously tricky business. But it’s even harder if the medications on which we rely are inappropriately marketed. Last month, a Los Angeles Times investigation of Purdue Pharma asserted that for years, the company falsely elevated the efficacy of its twice-daily OxyContin, a powerful opioid pain reliever. Show More Summary

How Being Bullied Affects Your Adulthood

In American schools, bullying is like the dark cousin to prom, student elections, or football practice: Maybe you weren’t involved, but you knew that someone, somewhere was. Five years ago, President Obama spoke against this inevitability at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. Show More Summary

It’s OK to Be Worried About Zika

Here’s what we (probably) know: There’s a bad virus circulating around called Zika. If you’re not pregnant, it’s not actually that terrible. If you get it, you’ll be fine, although we should tell you that there’s a chance you may have the bad luck to get a tiny bit paralyzed. Show More Summary

How Autism Research and Mini-Brains Helped Prove Zika Causes Microcephaly

This article originally appeared on Spectrum. On the face of it, the Zika virus has little to do with autism. But for one autism researcher, Zika’s effect on fetal development and the brain hits close to home. Alysson Muotri, a native Brazilian, had been following the news about Zika in his home country closely. Show More Summary

Prozac May Be the Only Drug That Effectively Treats Depression in Kids

It’s notoriously hard to treat depression in kids—the antidepressants we rely on to treat adults seem to be less effective and more dangerous when used on younger minds. New research out of Oxford helps confirm this and then some: The...Show More Summary

What Caused Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s Disease?

During Muhammad Ali’s boxing career, scores of people played armchair coach. He was Great because of his footwork, or because of his hand speed, they argued. Once both began to lose their fearsome grace, people stopped coaching and started diagnosing. Show More Summary

If Prince Had Lived

Days before his death on April 21, associates of Prince contacted Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California-based addiction treatment specialist, reportedly over concerns that the musician had developed an opioid addiction. Prince never hadShow More Summary

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