Victims of childhood sexual abuse are far more likely to become obese adults. New research shows that early trauma is so damaging that it can disrupt a person’s entire psychology and metabolism.
The mixed results of one home-visiting program reveal why it’s so hard to help poor moms.
In the age of the digital hermit, a psychologist explains what it means to avoid other people—and what to do about it.
American Apparel’s Halloween costumes aren’t costumes; they’re just regular clothes that American Apparel sells. This is not a “costume” of…
An investigation into a ubiquitous, questionable garment
States are increasingly passing measures that force doctors to give patients incomplete or wrong information. Here’s how that happens.
New research shows that grit can be costly and unnecessary.
Despite the startling rise of heroin and prescription-painkiller addiction in the U.S., most opioid-dependent people aren’t in treatment. Here’s why.
On Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison…
Kids who are adopted have richer, more involved parents. They also have more behavior and attention problems. Why?
It leaves people bed-bound and drives some to suicide, but there's little research money devoted to the disease. Now, change is coming, thanks to the patients themselves.
Why Illinois had different drinking ages for different genders
The award today went to scientists who created a pill that prevents a disfiguring and painful tropical illness.
To lose weight, just eat small amounts, says a comprehensive new review. And get rid of your flying-saucer dishware.
A new study finds that people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter.
If you are just joining me here on the World Wide Web, you might have missed the emotions-and-interruptions-fest that was…
An engineer offers a way to convince your insurance company you’re exercising when you’re really just sitting around.
The U.S. is unique among Western countries in that it doesn’t regulate drug prices. One nurse tells the story of what it’s like to watch patients get sicker when they can’t afford a pricey treatment.
For a rich country, the U.S. has an unusually high child-poverty rate—and spends unusually little on children and families.
There’s a popular misconception that autistic people are either anti-social tech geniuses or Rain Man-like savants. But research is increasingly showing that even “low-functioning” autistic people might be smarter than neurotypical people in certain ways.
These days I’m keeping an eye on Brazilian news because I’m looking ahead to my reporting trip to Brazil next…