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The Major Fall

Leonard Cohen seemed to be at peace with the idea of his own mortality, and he wished only that death not be too “uncomfortable.” Cohen died in his sleep last week, and we can hope it was painless. But the actual cause of his death was not simple old age. Show More Summary

Homeopathic Medicines Will Carry Labels Saying They’re Unscientific

The Federal Trade Commission just cracked down on an unusual product that has long enjoyed exemption from regulation: homeopathic drugs. Available everywhere from Whole Foods to CVS, homeopathic products are advertised as an effective way to treat a wide range of conditions. Show More Summary

Our Patients Need Us

This election and its results have illuminated a dark underbelly of American society: President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign may have drawn in voters who felt forgotten, but it also fed on racism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. Show More Summary

The Five Stages of Grief Aren’t Real, but Trump Anxiety Is

Many people seem to be mourning and grieving the U.S. presidential election results as if it were a death in their own family. In my liberal Boston-area neighborhood, I’ve encountered many people in all black, as if en route to a funeral. Show More Summary

How to Talk About Mental Illness Without Relying on Strength

Earlier this month, Donald Trump stood in front of a crowd of veterans and suggested that soldiers who take their own lives are not “strong” and that they “can’t handle it.” The precise words of the man who evaded military service by...Show More Summary

Do Acetaminophen’s Risks Outweigh the Benefits?

This story is reproduced with permission from The Conversation. Acetaminophen has been around for more than 50 years. It’s safe and many guidelines recommend it as the go-to treatment. At least, that’s the conventional view of the drug. Show More Summary

We’ve Misdiagnosed the Problem With Donald Trump

Lately, I have been having dreams about Donald Trump. In one, I’m in the audience as he walks out onto the debate stage, and the version of Hillary Clinton who follows him out is bald and deranged. In another, I’m waiting for Kanye West to perform at Madison Square Garden, but Trump does instead. Show More Summary

Is Your Birth Control Making You Depressed?

Here’s how I usually start a conversation with a patient about birth control: None of the methods I have for you today are perfect. We don’t have perfect, though I wish we did. We have pretty good; we have good enough; we have not-great. Show More Summary

The Medical Complexity of “Late-Term” Abortions

Wednesday night, most of America heard Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton discuss, among other things, late-term abortion. Their positions came as no surprise. Clinton reiterated her position that late-term abortions, which are performed...Show More Summary

The Right to Remain HIPAA-Protected

Ahmad Rahimi, the man suspected of carrying out the bombings in New York and New Jersey last month, appeared in New Jersey Superior Court to plead not guilty to several charges against him. Since he’s still in the hospital recovering from injuries, his appearance was via video conference. Show More Summary

It’s OK to Speculate About Trump’s Mental Health

Before Donald J. Trump came on the electoral scene, not a lot of people had heard of the Goldwater Rule. By now many surely have. The eponymous rule was established by the American Psychiatric Association, my own guild organization.Show More Summary

Your Doctor’s Party Shouldn’t Matter

Medicine has long thought of itself as a pure profession: dispassionate, scientific, and unbiased by external influences, especially messy ones like politics. Medical trainees and practicing physicians are taught not to bring their personal...Show More Summary

The Insanity of Doctor Recertification

A year ending in a six is moving swiftly past us, and that can only mean one thing to a swath of the folks who carry stethoscopes in their pockets and happen to have finished their residency in a similarly numbered year—it’s the decennial...Show More Summary

Is There a Cap on Human Life Span?

This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is reproduced here with permission. Humans may live longer and longer, but eventually we all grow old and die. This leads to a simple question: Is there an intrinsic maximum limit to human life span or not? There are two equally simple answers. Show More Summary

Stop Asking the Candidates to Release Their Medical Records

Hillary Clinton’s recent pneumonia and Donald Trump’s appearance on Dr. Oz have renewed calls for presidential candidates to release their medical records to the public. That’s a bad idea—with negative consequences for politics, media,...Show More Summary

Get Out of Jail Free?

The patient was a quiet man in his late 40s, laying still and minimally responsive to questions. His bloodwork showed severe dehydration. This was a man who could not answer where he was, when it was, or who he was. He was most likely dehydrated because he did not have the mental capacity to ask for water. Show More Summary

Can Masturbating College Freshmen Actually Clog a Shower Drain?

Put a bunch of 18-year-old boys together, and you may get an overload of testosterone. A prank that has been battering about college dorms for years now takes this too literally and pokes fun at the prodigious amount of semen college freshman inevitably produce—specifically, in the shower, when, uh, you know. Show More Summary

DEA Blocks Research Into Promising Opioid Alternatives

If there’s one thing that pharmacology researcher Susruta Majumdar believes in, it’s the power of research. So when he decided to take on one of the biggest problems in medicine, he assumed research would help. The problem at hand? The...Show More Summary

In a New Short Documentary, Netflix Takes on Death

Documentaries often deal in sadness and Netflix’s new short Extremis is no exception. A film on end-of-life care that is shot entirely in an Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, the piece centers on Dr. Jessica Zitter, a palliative care specialist who leads a team in helping terminal patients prepare to die. Show More Summary

Patient Trump in the Land of Oz

Dr. Mehmet Oz views himself as “America’s Doctor.” He’s so taken with the idea that he’s trademarked the phrase. As many have pointed out, it’s probably a very good thing Oz is not actually the doctor for all Americans, especially for those who want their care to be based on reliable scientific evidence. Show More Summary

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