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Please Don’t Panic Over the Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese

The comforting packet of powder that turns boxed mac and cheese into a creamy delight has always seemed a little bit … chemical. And now the New York Times is here to back up your suspicions: “The Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese,” a...Show More Summary

Could a Tuberculosis Outbreak Happen Here?

We like to think that tuberculosis is a public health issue exclusive to the developing world, but the disease has begun to resurface as a major concern in certain parts of the United States, too. Last year, for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the number of TB cases in the U.S. Show More Summary

Are Diets Just Placebos?

For years, nutrition experts have been trying to figure out the best diet for people who want to lose weight and have more energy. They haven’t been terribly successful. Very few innovations in that field have lasted (beyond eating less and exercising more). Show More Summary

Congress Has Forgotten America’s Biggest Health Care Problem

We spend too much on health care in this country—U.S. health care spending has spiked to more than 17 percent of our gross domestic product. Insurance has become outrageously expensive, which is one of the reasons we need health care...Show More Summary

Doctors and Nurses Need to Treat BCRA as a Medical Emergency

Illness is not something most healthy people think about regularly. And they shouldn’t. Although as a physician I want to help my patients make smart choices to preserve their healthy state, I also don’t want to deny them the blissful...Show More Summary

We Need More Doctors With Disabilities

When Dr. Bliss Temple was in training, she remembers being in an elevator wearing her white coat and her stethoscope when a patient who was using a wheelchair got in. Temple is paraplegic; she also uses a wheelchair. “We checked outShow More Summary

Rural Americans Already Have Poor Health Care. Trump’s Policies Will Hurt Further.

As the months accumulated into years, Russell’s cancer was slowly becoming a footnote in his life’s larger story. All the follow-up blood tests, CT scans, and colonoscopies since his treatment finished had repeatedly confirmed that his...Show More Summary

Mental Health Problems Don’t Disappear if You Don’t Have Insurance

When I first met a patient I’ll call Martha, a transgender Latina woman in her 30s, she was trying to disappear. The hood of her sweatshirt was cinched around her face; her eyes were invisible behind her Jackie O sunglasses. Before she...Show More Summary

The Viral Story About the Cop Who Overdosed by Touching Fentanyl Is Nonsense

In the middle of May, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, Chris Green, was responding to a traffic call when he realized that white powder had spilled inside the car he was investigating. He put on gloves to protect himself from what he would later learn was a formulation of fentanyl, a potent prescription opioid, as he handled the situation. Show More Summary

When Calling the Police Results in Harm, Not Help

Early last week, Charleena Lyles was killed by police after she called them to report a burglary. Lyles had mental health issues that were known by the police officers. This knowledge did not prevent them from shooting her. Lyles’ death...Show More Summary

Want to Curb the Opioid Epidemic? Don’t Limit Access to Health Care.

I am an addict. Without my medications for depression and anxiety, I will relapse. I’m not homeless. I’m not a junkie. I’m not a rock star. I’m a 40-year-old suburban stay-at-home mom. A recent Atlantic article posits that opioid addiction is exacerbated by depression. Show More Summary

Arizona Already Tried What the GOP Wants to Do to Medicaid. It Was a Disaster.

Swollen, throbbing, and pale purple, Beatrice’s left leg looked less like a limb and more like an oversized, striated eggplant. But her breathing—or lack thereof—is what caught my attention first. Beatrice was suffering from deep vein...Show More Summary

How Hot Is Too Hot to Run Outside?

This story is republished with permission from the Conversation. Most of Britain is experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures reaching up to 89.6°F. (The Southwest of the United States is also experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures...Show More Summary

Don’t Lower the Number of People on Medicaid. Make the System More Efficient.

The Senate will likely soon vote on a new version of the House-passed American Health Care Act, a bill intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The current version of the bill aims to reduce Medicaid spending by $800 billion over 10 years. Show More Summary

How to Assess Internet Cures Without Falling for Dangerous Pseudoscience

Five years ago, against practically anyone’s better judgment, I knowingly abandoned any semblance of medical evidence to follow the bizarre-sounding health advice of strangers on the internet. The treatment was extreme, expensive, and...Show More Summary

There’s an Easy Test We Could Use to Assess Older Politicians’ Cognitive Health

At the end of the James Comey hearing, Sen. John McCain delivered a somewhat bewildering line of questioning, causing many to speculate and wonder over the senator's cognitive state and health. McCain quickly released a statement attributing the botched performance to sleep deprivation, saying that he stayed up too late watching baseball. Show More Summary

Journalists, Stop Using Words Like Addict and Drug Abuser

The 2017 version of the Associated Press Stylebook, the biblical guide for journalists seeking clear and precise writing, includes one particularly interesting update on how journalists ought to refer to people with addictions. The AP’s...Show More Summary

School-Based Health Centers Provide Health Care for Rural Americans—but for How Long?

At the end of a long, curving dirt driveway, inside a yellow-sided double-wide mobile home with green shutters, Tina King is juggling backpacks, signing homework, and trying to wrangle four kids out the door for school. And then herShow More Summary

Americans Have Realized They Deserve Health Care

Medical progress tends to move incrementally. We tweak our treatment protocols over time, adapting in response to research and clinical experience. But America’s view of health insurance is currently evolving at a breakneck pace, thanks to the political upheavals wrought by the Affordable Care Act and the current Republican proposal to replace it. Show More Summary

Why Is U.S. Maternal Mortality So High?

ProPublica and NPR’s recent story “The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth” brought much needed attention to a serious problem: The U.S. has an unacceptably high rate of maternal mortality. The story, which focused on Lauren...Show More Summary

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