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The Cost of Not Knowing a Huntington’s Diagnosis

Some would-be parents who might have inherited the fatal gene want their doctors to keep secrets—even from them.

Dear Therapist: A Professor Is Abusing My Friend

Her relationship shows all the typical signs of emotional manipulation and physical harm, but she refuses to admit that there’s a problem.

The Fertility Doctor’s Secret

Donald Cline must have thought no one would ever know. Then DNA testing came along.

Pews and stained-glass windows in a church.

Faced With an Ongoing Sexual-Abuse Crisis, What Are Catholic Parents to Do?

“I think it’s different for parents. We have to protect our children. That’s our No. 1 calling in life, and that comes before everything.”​

When the Jezebel Comments Section Went on Vacation Together

“We had been talking about doing a big group meet-up somewhere and we picked Dollywood.” “It was one of the most wonderful moments of my life.”

Protesters watch a live-stream of an Australian judge handing down his sentence for Cardinal Pell.

Civil Courts Step In to Solve What the Catholic Church Won’t

The conviction of a high-ranking cardinal for sexually abusing two boys shows that civil authorities, and not Church officials, will bring abusers to justice.

Not That Kind of Girl

In her influential 1959 Atlantic article, “Sex and the College Girl,” Nora Johnson predicted that young, educated women pursuing expansive new opportunities would likely end up disappointed. She spent the rest of her life finding out what could happen instead.

Why So Many Babies Are Getting Their Tongues Clipped

In recent years, surging numbers of infants have gotten minor surgeries for “tongue tie,” to help with breastfeeding or prevent potential health issues. But research suggests many of those procedures could be unnecessary.

The Consequences of Teen Motherhood Can Last for Generations

Declining rates of adolescent pregnancy come with a catch.

Dear Therapist: My Family Hates My Mother

She picks fights, doesn’t listen to others, and makes everyone uncomfortable. Nobody wants to invite her to events—and I feel awful about it.

The Evolution of a 20-Year Pen-Pal Friendship

“I saw her as who I would have been if I grew up on a farm in Apple Canyon Lake. And I think she saw me as the same thing, but reversed.”

Two pieces of bread—one spread with peanut butter and one spread with jelly

The People Who Eat the Same Meal Every Day

“Variety doesn’t really matter to me. I would be perfectly happy to eat the same Caesar salad or peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich every day.”

The Stress of a Natural Disaster Can Take a Toll on Babies in Utero

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, researchers found that the stress from dealing with the storm had adverse effects on the infants born soon after.

The Schools That Tried—But Failed—to Make Native Americans Obsolete

“Education was something that was done to us, not something that was provided for us.”

A girl lies across from her boyfriend

Dear Therapist: My Boyfriend’s Depression Is Making Me Question Our Future Together

I want to be there for him, but his depressive episodes are difficult for me to handle.

How 14 Friends From the Vietnam War Lost and Found One Another Again

"It was a lot more than just cavalry guys getting together. We really became true family."

The Problems That Home Cooking Can’t Solve

Two often overlooked ingredients of family meals: money and time

How Parents of Child Influencers Package Their Kids’ Lives for Instagram

The platform’s youngest stars owe their fame to their parents’ intense work behind the scenes.

It Isn’t the Kids. It’s the Cost of Raising Them.

Having children makes people happier—if they can afford it.

A man walks away from his wife while she sits on a heart

Dear Therapist: Is It Wrong to Divorce My Sick Wife?

Before her health took a turn for the worse, we had both agreed that we should end our 14-year marriage.