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Poverty & Development
What really helps the poor?

It’s difficult to test whether poverty relief actually works. Do randomised controlled trials provide a scientific measure?

Stephanie Wykstra

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Medical Ethics
Eugenics never went away

Thought eugenics died with the Nazis? Think again: the eugenic programme of sterilising the ‘unfit’ continues even today

Robert A Wilson

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History
The flavour revolutionary

Henry Theophilus Finck sought to transform the modern United States, by appealing to Americans’ tastebuds

Nadia Berenstein

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Work
The future is emotional

Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable

Livia Gershon

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History
The taboo of menstruation

All around the world, and throughout history, women have been shamed, sequestered, and medicalised for bleeding regularly

Janie Hampton

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Addiction
Ageing out of drugs

Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?

Stacey McKenna

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Health Policy & Economics
Values and vaccines

Parents who reject vaccination are making a rational choice – they prefer to put their children above the public good

Maggie Koerth-Baker

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Health Policy & Economics
Death of cancer

A critical mass of medical knowledge could soon end the death threat of cancer, but politics stands in the way

Vincent DeVita & Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

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Fairness & Equality
Fat but fit?

The medical evidence is overwhelming – obesity is bad for you and it would be a major mistake to give up fighting it

Caroline Weinberg

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Health Policy & Economics
Risky medicine

Misunderstanding risk factors has led to massive overtreatment of diseases people don’t have and probably never will

Jeff Wheelwright

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Fairness & Equality
Poor teeth

If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege

Sarah Smarsh

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Epidemiology
The calculus of contagion

In the battle against disease, the difference between a raging epidemic and a passing fever comes down to a single number

Adam Kucharski

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Fertility, Pregnancy & Childbirth
The first cut

Most American boys are circumcised as a matter of course. Now, many of them feel violated. Should the practice be banned?

Rhys Southan

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Ethics
Full disclosure

Do individuals have a right for their medical records to remain private after death, or can public interest prevail?

Jack El-Hai