Health Policy & Economics


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Addiction
Epidemiology
Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth
Health Policy & Economics
Human Enhancement
Illness & Disease
Medical Ethics
Medical Research
Medicine
Mind & Body
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Old Age & Death
Pharmaceuticals
Sexual Health
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Essay/History

The taboo of menstruation

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

Janie Hampton

Idea/History of Science

Science funding is a gamble so let’s give out money by lottery

Shahar Avin

Idea/Poverty & Development

There is a simple way to improve the world’s food systems

Peter A Coclanis

Idea/Medicine

There is nothing inevitable or natural about chronic disease

Clayton Dalton

Idea/Health Policy & Economics

Empathy is an overrated skill when dispensing medical care

Karin Jongsma & Verena Klar

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Essay/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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Idea/Addiction

How the ‘war on drugs’ entrenches patterns of drug addiction

Joel Finkelstein

Idea/Genetics

New genetic engineering is slipping past old regulations

Jennifer Kuzma

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Essay/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

Video/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

China’s first depression support group helps where society and state fail

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Video/Addiction

How cooking for yourself can free you from the grip of salt, sugar and fat

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Essay/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

Essay/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

Video/Illness & Disease

Our fight against malaria is strange, cyclical and shows few signs of slowing

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Video/Health Policy & Economics

It’s clear, the rich live longer. But middle-income nations complicate the story

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Essay/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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Essay/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

Essay/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

Essay/Fertility, Pregnancy and 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

Essay/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

Essay/Epidemiology

Polio whack-a-mole

The great allies of infectious diseases are no longer poverty, nor dirt, but the global anti-vaccination movement

Keren Landsman

Essay/Health Policy & Economics

A mad world

A diagnosis of mental illness is more common than ever – did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it?

Joseph Pierre

Essay/Human Rights

Crippling injustice

Disabled people in modern China are still stigmatised, marginalised and abused. What hope is there for reform?

James Palmer

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Essay/Health Policy & Economics

Medical disrespect

Bullying doctors are not just unpleasant, they are dangerous. Can we change the culture of intimidation in our hospitals?

Ilana Yurkiewicz

Essay/Health Policy & Economics

The Geel question

For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?

Mike Jay

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Essay/Biology

The obesity era

As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice. The problem may be bigger than any of us

David Berreby

Essay/Health Policy & Economics

Do some harm

Traditional Chinese medicine is an odd, dangerous mix of sense and nonsense. Can it survive in modern China?

James Palmer

Essay/Biotechnology

An iCure?

Crowdfunding might catapult promising cancer treatments into clinical trials, but can it make a real difference?

Alexander Masters

Essay/Dance & Theatre

For a song

At the O+ festival, musicians and artists barter their talents for medical care. A new social contract in action?

Jessica Wapner