In an effort to protect children in the midst of addiction epidemics, some states are jailing women for using drugs during pregnancy. But is incarceration the best approach?
Even for people with generous insurance plans, a trip to an in-network doctor can result in thousands of dollars in unexpected charges. Can anything be done?
Several new companies say they can use data and genetic testing to help reduce the trial-and-error involved in finding the right treatment for depression, ADHD, and other psychiatric conditions. But some experts are skeptical that their effectiveness is anything but luck.
A new CDC study documents the most distinctive causes of death across the country.
A new report highlights 100 restaurant salads that are supposedly worse than a Big Mac. But why do people order grease-laden items when they want health food?
Extreme perfectionism drives some people to mutilate themselves. Here’s what one person who recovered from trichotillomania says the disorder taught her about attention, stress, and ambition.
A new report says South Dakota regulates childbearing in all the wrong ways.
A new study finds that thinking about far-off events in terms of days, rather than years, makes people get started sooner.
An interview with Gates about why so many newborns die in developing countries, and what he thinks he can do about it
A cost-benefit analysis of manliness and microbiology
What people like Napoleon and Jimi Hendrix devoured before they died
A new report finds that today's twentysomethings have a lower birthrate than any previous generation.
With its switch to Splenda, Pepsi becomes the latest company to fold to public anxieties over specific ingredients. But when it comes to understanding what's best nutritionally, the customer isn't always right.
Why asking for advice makes people seem smart
An interactive look at which drugs people start using right after they first use marijuana—and what that really means
Why people in several countries believe that the spots happen when pregnant women ignore their food cravings
An anthropologist discusses some common misconceptions about female genital cutting, including the idea that men force women to undergo the procedure.
Can mental-health courts, in which people are sentenced to therapy, help?
A new study explores how 11-month-olds expand their knowledge by playing with unpredictable objects.
In some European countries, women get luxurious maternity leave, steeply discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.
Oh my God, Becky, look at this vigorous debate among scholars about the true origin of a preference among straight males for curvier backsides.