- Oct 24 20161 minute
Our Addiction Crisis Can Be Solved—With Hardwork
The prescription-opioid epidemic is one of the most urgent public-health challenges of our time. Since 1999, overdose deaths have quadrupled, which parallels the quantity of opioids prescribed. The majority of prescription opioids that are being misu
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked In The Last Decade
Hospital patients are attacking staff at an alarming rate, and there are no federal regulations requiring employers to provide any protection.
- Sep 19 201610 minutes
The New Science of Exercise
Doctors, researchers, scientists—even ancient philosophers—have long claimed exercise works like a miracle drug. Now they have proof
- Jan 16 20172 minutes
A New Attack On Abortion Rights
The latest assault comes in a recommendation restricting medical research on fetal tissue
- Nov 11 20161 minute
The Cow Defense
A cow can produce 30 to 60 liters of antibodies per month. Humans, on the other hand, are not as industrious.
- Dec 19 20161 minute
Best Friends For A Cure
AS 2 LITTLE GIRLS FIGHT A DEADLY DISEASE AFFECTING ONLY 11 KNOWN PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, THEIR FAMILIES LOOK FOR ANSWERS TOGETHER
- Jan 16 20174 minutes
Limiting A Drug’s Use To Maintain Its Efficacy
An Indian patient sues to get J&J’s new tuberculosis treatment | Turning “seemingly medical issues into bureaucratic ones”
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
This New Surgery Could Change Pregnancy Forever
IT’S NOT WIDELY KNOWN, BUT EACH year, hundreds of women in the U.S. are born without the ability to carry a child—because they don’t have uteruses. Now, thanks to a groundbreaking series of experimental surgeries, doctors are hoping to change these w
- Jan 6 20174 minutes
Vaccine Shortage Threatens Polio Eradication Efforts
An unexplained shortage of the injectable version of the vaccine slows attempts to kill polio in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
- Jan 6 20173 minutes
Searching For A Vaccine For The Plague
The scourge of the Middle Ages survives
- Jan 1 20171 minute
Consumer genomics could change the way we approach everything from exercise to skin care. Here are some of the applications that researchers are exploring: SPORTS Certain genes are associated with endurance and strength, which could signal what spo
- Jan 20 20171 minute
Sunlight Could Boost Immune Activity In The Skin
A new study shows exposure to blue and ultraviolet light increases the movement of T cells, a key part of the immune system.
- Jul 4 201613 minutes
Life, the Remix
A new technique that lets scientists edit DNA with ease is transforming science—and raising difficult questions
- Dec 19 20169 minutes
The Crispr Pioneers
THEIR BREAKTHROUGH WORK COULD CHANGE THE WORLD
- Oct 17 20161 minute
There Are New Risk Factors to Know About
A DISEASE AS COMPLEX AS BREAST CANCER can result from a combination of factors, both genetic and lifestyle. Everything from the DNA you were born with to the changes in your genes that come from things like smoking, how much you exercise, your radiat
- Dec 1 20161 minute
A Death-Defying Experience
Oscar Munoz was one of roughly 2,200 Americans to receive a heart transplant in 2016. Here’s what it was like.
- Dec 2 201610 minutes
Can This Man Cure Aids?
Dr. Louis Picker has a secret weapon to fight back against the growing AIDS epidemic—it involves herpes.
- Jan 18 20175 minutes
A Global Plan To Defend Against The Future's Deadliest Diseases
$460 million will go toward developing vaccines that prevent outbreaks like Ebola from taking the world by surprise.
- Jan 18 20174 minutes
Why It May Be Counterproductive To Say 'Overweight'
A proposed linguistic change could temper a cultural obsession with body weight.
- Jan 12 201713 minutes
Could Cancer Drugs Treat Autism?
A surprising genetic connection has autism researchers wondering if they can borrow from cancer’s medicine cabinet.
- Jun 27 20161 minute
Very Hot Drinks Are a ‘Probable’ Cancer Trigger
ALICE PARK THE LIST OF CANCER-CAUSING agents is long—and getting longer. Experts already tell us to avoid smoking, exposure to UV radiation from the sun and even air pollution since these factors can increase the risk of cancer. Now the World Health
- Nov 7 20162 minutes
The Forgotten Side of Cancer Care
TUNNEL VISION CAN SET IN WITH A new cancer diagnosis. Everyone—the doctor, the patient, the patient’s loved ones—focuses almost exclusively on treatment: the chemotherapy, surgery and radiation that aim to keep a patient alive for as long as possible
- Dec 30 20166 minutes
The Cdc’s New Quarantine Rule Could Violate Civil Liberties
The proposed regulation could be used to detain people without due process, or examine them without informed consent.
- Jul 25 20165 minutes
The Healing Power of Nature
IT SOUNDED MORE LIKE A LARK THAN a scientific study when a handful of Japanese researchers set out to discover whether something special—and clinically therapeutic—happens when people spend time in nature. They were inspired by a new recommendation f
- Sep 5 20163 minutes
Can Virtual Reality Help People Manage Pain?
SNOWFLAKES FALL AROUND ME AS I float above a river, weaving through an icy wonderland. I toss a fish to an otter, and it shivers with glee. Then, as I exit a cave full of colorful rocks, I flow into a bright spring landscape, complete with cherry blo
- Aug 22 20167 minutes
When it comes to preventing cognitive decline, simple lifestyle changes are finally being borne out by science
- Oct 17 20161 minute
New Frontiers in Breast Cancer
TERRIFYING AS THE C WORD CAN BE, breast cancer today means something very different than it did a decade ago. Doctors know more than ever about what causes cancer in the first place and when it’s best to screen for the disease as well as which cancer
- Oct 1 20161 minute
How a Biotech Turned a Bust into a Hit
Hands-on selling transformed anti-addiction drug Vivitrol into a success.
- Dec 13 20163 minutes
Why Are So Many Americans Dying Young?
A new pair of studies show why—and where—American life expectancy has grown worse in a generation.
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Slim Down to Save
THE MONEY LINK: When you’re carrying extra pounds, the extra expenses add up, starting with health care. In a 2013 Duke study, researchers tracked health care spending by body mass index levels. The average annual cost for a person with a low BMI of