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The Atlantic: Health

Swim Caps Are Keeping Black Women Out of Pools

Swim Caps Are Keeping Black Women Out of Pools

Noelle Singleton challenges any swim-cap maker who claims a swimmer’s hair won’t get wet with their caps to send her one. She’ll post a review on social media of her swimming a 100-meter individual
Treating Teens’ Depression May Be Great for Parents’ Mental Health, Too

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

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:
A Toxic Substance Has Been Found in Crayons Again

A Toxic Substance Has Been Found in Crayons Again

Crayons are generally an innocuous children’s product, but a consumer-advocacy group has discovered a dangerous substance in one brand. In a newly released report on 27 back-to-school products, the
Pizza Doesn't Give You Acne—But What About Sugar?

Pizza Doesn't Give You Acne—But What About Sugar?

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
The Viral Video Star Behind the Fitness Fad That May Replace CrossFit

The Viral Video Star Behind the Fitness Fad That May Replace CrossFit

“Bro, what kind of muscles you have?” asks Ido Portal in a short video introducing his philosophy. He’s barefoot and shirtless, his long hair pulled back as he tumbles across the frame and does
Women More Likely to Survive Heart Attacks If Treated by Female Doctors

Women More Likely to Survive Heart Attacks If Treated by Female Doctors

“Coronary heart disease is also a woman’s disease, not a man’s disease in disguise,” wrote the cardiologist Bernadine Healy back in 1991. In a rousing editorial, Healy lamented that decades of
Bedrest Is Bunk

Bedrest Is Bunk

One quiet Sunday afternoon, shortly before the birth of my second child, I decided it was time to make my great escape. I was in the middle of my third— and longest—hospital stay. For weeks, I’d seen
How Racism Gave Rise to Acupuncture for Addiction Treatment

How Racism Gave Rise to Acupuncture for Addiction Treatment

BALTIMORE—Inside the Penn North recovery center one day last fall, dozens of recovering addicts propped their feet up on black folding chairs and closed their eyes. An acupuncturist stuck five small
Why Doctors Should Read Fiction

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
Big Pharma Would Like Your DNA

Big Pharma Would Like Your DNA

Updated on July 28, 2018 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
Why Did 11 Babies Die in a Generic Viagra Trial?

Why Did 11 Babies Die in a Generic Viagra Trial?

The story goes that Viagra began as a drug for chest pains. It didn’t work very well. But men in those clinical trials noticed a curious side effect of erections—and lo, a blockbuster drug was
The Deleted WeChat Post That Fueled China's Vaccine Scandal

The Deleted WeChat Post That Fueled China's Vaccine Scandal

A vaccine scandal in China began building slowly and then suddenly, this weekend, it was everywhere at once.The story began back in November, when a large vaccine manufacturer called Changsheng

Secrets to a 90-Year Marriage

“We ought to believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul,” wrote Honore De Balzac in The Physiology of Marriage. For Karam and Kartari Chand, this maxim rang especially true. “I stumbled
The Frightening Link Between Beef Jerky and Bipolar Mania

The Frightening Link Between Beef Jerky and Bipolar Mania

For people with bipolar disorder, manic episodes can be euphoric, but they can also be terrifying. In the throes of mania, some people feel like they are superhuman. They start new projects and stay
How Viruses Cooperate to Defeat CRISPR

How Viruses Cooperate to Defeat CRISPR

No single wolf can take down a bison on its own, but the pack has strength in numbers. A lone army ant is little threat, but an entire colony is a mighty destructive force. The natural world abounds
The Vindication of Cheese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk

The Vindication of Cheese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk

As a young child I missed a question on a psychological test: “What comes in a bottle?”The answer was supposed to be milk. I said beer.Milk almost always came in cartons and plastic jugs, so I was
Illegal Abortion Will Mean Abortion By Mail

Illegal Abortion Will Mean Abortion By Mail

With the prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court on the horizon, some progressive women have begun to fear what will happen if Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, is overturned. Some
Why Are Obstacle-Course Races So Popular?

Why Are Obstacle-Course Races So Popular?

Completing a marathon has long been the ultimate feather in the cap of an amateur endurance athlete. But the idea of trotting along a boring old paved road for 26.2 miles doesn’t thrill everyone. For
Even More Evidence for the Link Between Alzheimer’s and Herpes

Even More Evidence for the Link Between Alzheimer’s and Herpes

In 1907, the German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer published a description of a 50-year-old woman who suffered from memory problems, hallucinations, and delusions. In the woman’s brain, Alzheimer