Category: Health

Treating Teens’ Depression May Be Great for Parents’ Mental Health, Too

I spent a lot of time in therapy as a kid, for depression among other things. On and off until I graduated high school, I’d “hang out” in the doctor’s office, playing Connect 4 before begrudgingly consenting to more intense discussions. The effect of these sessions was undoubtedly helpful for me. But one thing my self-involved teen brain never considered…

The Doctor Doesn’t Listen to Her. But the Media Is Starting To.

After a while, the true-life horror stories women tell about their struggles to get reproductive health care start to bleed together. They almost always feature some variation on the same character: the doctor who waves a hand and says, “You’ll be fine,” or “That’s just in your head,” or “Take a Tylenol.” They follow an ominous three-act structure, in which…

Fad Diets Won’t Save You From Acne

Among the die-hard skin-care fans on reddit.com’s community SkincareAddiction, there’s a prevailing belief that committing to a dairy-free diet will majorly affect the prevalence of acne. Take the user andbutter, who writes that “giving up dairy was the best thing I’ve done for my skin.” Or the user umidkmybffjill, who claims, “I cut out dairy and switched to almond milk…

Why Doctors Should Read Fiction

The annals of literature are packed with writers who also practiced medicine: Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Carlos Williams, John Keats, William Somerset Maugham, and on and on. As doctors, they saw patients at their most vulnerable, and their medical training gave them a keen eye for observing people and what makes them tick. But if studying medicine is…

These futuristic X-rays could revolutionize disease diagnosis

Each week, we spotlight a cool innovation recommended by some of the industry’s top tech writers. This week’s pick is colored X-rays. Adapting tools used by physicists to detect subatomic particles at the Large Hadron Collider, researchers at New Zealand’s Otago University have captured 3-D color X-rays of the human body, said Emily Baumgaertner at The New York Times. The…

Big Pharma Would Like Your DNA

23andMe has always planned to sell access to its customers’ DNA—a fact it has not exactly kept secret. When the company’s DNA-testing service launched in 2007, Wired touted its quest to amass a “treasure trove of data. . . to drive research forward” as a “key part of the 23andMe business plan.” Co-founders Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey outright told…