Though critics call them overprescribed, ineffective and worse, the real story on antidepressants is more complicated.
Becoming ubiquitous, these on-the-spot physicians provide immediate care and may cut hospital costs. The jury’s still out on quality.
Homeless patients suffer multiple afflictions that most doctors never see. Innovative programs are reaching and helping them.
Clock genes keep circadian rhythms in sync, coordinating cells’ essential work and possibly enhancing well-timed therapies.
Peter L. Slavin and David F. Torchiana explain how physicians have taken to the streets to help some of the most vulnerable among us.
Proto readers assess drug shortages' ripple effect, explain how afterbirth is not an afterthought and describe treating trauma.
The use of 3-D models to track a patient’s pain has roots in a sixteenth-century sketch by a German master.
Harvard psychology professor Matthew Nock has undertaken a large-scale study to understand why people take their own lives and find ways to assess those at risk.
Cutting through the fog of medical jargon could help patients better understand—and perhaps improve—their care.
Insurers attribute higher premiums for women than men of the same age because of the increased cost of women’s care.
Lacking a standardized test to assess a baby’s health at birth, anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar created a simple rubric that persists more than a half century later.
A cholesterol test for 10-year-olds could show early signs of cardiovascular disease, yet critics warn that this could lead to unnecessary treatment.
The bacteria inside us may form a symbiotic relationship that not only affects metabolism, but emotions and brain development as well.
The American College of Physicians’ new ethical guidelines has its members separating prudent cost controls from ones that may adversely affect patient care.
A mother assures doctors who tried to save her son from an incurable disease that their compassionate care was a true success.