Health

The New Chronic

Medical advances are turning once-fatal illnesses into manageable conditions, but what’s life like for patients whose existences become a liminal space between not-quite-healthy and not-quite-sick?

Tech Support

Building a network through the fog of depression can feel impossible. Now, more and more people are going online to fill gaps in our mental health care system. 

Horror’s True Gift

The wreckage of last year’s Ebola outbreak remains, and for the first time in 2015, cases have risen in three African nations. The crisis is far from over, so why don’t we care anymore?

Miraculous, Life-Saving Medicine: Friend or Foe?

Misled parents and their totally unfounded fears of vaccinations have led to a very-much-founded fear of preventable diseases becoming serious killers again.

Blood, Guilt, and the Roots of Dental Dread

From Enlightment-era tools of torture to Marathon Man.

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Nature’s Most Perfect Killing Machine

Ebola is nightmare fuel: a biological doomsday device conspiring with our bodies to murder us in uniquely gruesome fashion. It’s also killed fewer than 2,000 people. How has a virus with such a modest body count so fiercely captured the darkest…

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Childless And Miserable

That the pill can lead to depression, even severe depression, is a truism among women who take it. So why is the clinical link so controversial and difficult to establish?