Web-based health care could break down barriers to access. But it could also break down doctor-patient relationships.
Esophageal cancer related to chronic acid reflux is among the fastest-growing cancers in the US. Diet and weight are likely culprits, but what else?
Doom and gloom essays are more likely to offend skeptical readers than to convince them. Cognitive studies suggest there's a better way.
They can shape public sentiment on everything from climate change to public health. Understanding why people believe them is vital, researchers say.
Just as technology has transformed other aspects of our lives, I believe it has the potential to provide more people with access to quality care.
The number of parents seeking exemptions from having their children vaccinated is rising in several states. Some of those kids grow up and ask why.
Alcohol is one of the few food-and-beverage products that aren't nutritionally fortified. For some drinkers, the cost is debilitating amnesia.
Decades of psychological research have emphasized the biases and errors in human decision-making. A recent approach challenges this notion.
A new book and New Yorker feature are filled with cherry-picked data, oversimplified studies and scientific errors.
Technofixes for the climate crisis are no one's first choice. What is it like to study something you wish would disappear?
Maintaining growth on a finite planet is impossible. Here's how we stop it without making life miserable — and maybe even improving it.
As climate change marches forward, it will exact a mounting, tangible toll on our collective mental health and productivity.
Since the state's recent, years-long drought — among the worst on record — green lawns are giving way to brown patches and drought-hardy alternatives.
Recent student efforts to break free of the colonial dogma embedded in standard education there have now turned to math. Some academics are wary.
The 19th-century navigator Josiah Gregg’s obsession with measurement alienated his comrades during a harrowing journey into the California wilderness.
If it's both harmful and contagious, as research suggests, then a public health approach to the problem is warranted.
Advances in forensic science and robotics may help law enforcement analyze some of the country's 225,000 unprocessed rape kits.
A new model shows a possible end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in parts of Africa. How can models help lead to eradication — and what are the limits?
For centuries, farmers shared seeds to help each other subsist from year to year. Libraries are now reviving the practice.
Sometimes infecting volunteers with a disease can lead to new treatments. But how much risk and compensation is acceptable for those in poor nations?