How grief spurred me to start smoking—and to quit
A crematory employee explores the many ways one's remains can go.
The promise of transforming flying vectors of dengue fever into preventive-medicine tools
Mourning permeates physical health in many ways. New research elaborates.
Rates of physician-induced infections have plummeted in recent years, new research says. But there is still little incentive to prevent them before they happen.
Most young adults gain only about three pounds during their first year, about the same as those who don't attend college. So why is there such a strong misconception to the contrary?
The animals and human cells used in medical research are overwhelmingly male—meaning that as new therapies are developed, some biological sex differences may go unaddressed.
How a 19th-century recreational drug became a medical breakthrough
Fecal transplants have been proven to successfully treat certain types of infection, but proponents of the treatment are still fighting what they say are unnecessarily strict regulations.
An experimental program is using "barbershop intervention" to bring health education to African American men.
By bridging the gap between eye and brain, a new device has the capacity to help the blind regain their vision.
How the slob you were paired with freshman year will influence your figure, your mental health, and other casualties of college
The history of a medical instrument reveals the dubious science of racial difference.
Moving away from "Just Say No" and towards a more nuanced understanding of drug education
Some companies offer telephone counseling to patients approaching death—but where do their doctors fit in to the conversation?
In the wake of research showing strong connections between indoor tanning and melanoma, the sunbed industry is battered and contracting. But the allure of artificially bronzed skin might be dwindling in general.
SoulCycle, a company that offers specialized exercise classes, is one example of how a limited set of Americans might find new expressions of spirituality.
Why cardiovascular health is improving in the United States but falling in developing nations
Treating patients like disease carriers—rather than like people with emotions, families, and cultural beliefs—is a harmful public- health strategy.
Twinsburg, Ohio is home to the annual Twins Days festival—which, in turn, is home to a revolving door of scientists looking to gather genetic data.