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We need ecstasy and opioids in place of Prozac and Xanax

Marc Lewis & Shaun Shelly

Idea/Medical Research

Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer’s

Clayton Dalton

Essay/Stories & Literature


Literature can enthuse medicine, and medicine can inspire literature. They are complementary treatments for being human

Gavin Francis

Idea/Social Psychology

The seductive lie of ‘Patient Zero’ and the outbreak narrative

Leyla Mei

Video/Illness & Disease

The restless rhythms of being a teenager with an incurable illness

12 minutes


Nobody is normal

Are you average? Typical? Ideal? Adequate? The idea of ‘normal’ is a historical construct and it's time we got rid of it

Jonathan Sholl

Idea/Medical Ethics

You might be in a medical experiment and not even know it

Alice Dreger


There is nothing inevitable or natural about chronic disease

Clayton Dalton

Essay/Illness & Disease

A bug for Alzheimer’s?

A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good

Melinda Wenner Moyer

Idea/Illness & Disease

Return of the White Death: the threat of new strains of TB

Drew Smith


Why women with heart disease get a raw deal in medicine

Valeria Morabito


The Black Death

At least one in three Europeans and untold millions in Asia died. What was the source of this brutal, lethal efficiency?

Wendy Orent


How does LSD induce short-term psychosis but long-term optimism?

Rachel Jonas

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Life in Circadia

The ticking of the bodyclock can help us fight cancer, safeguard our hearts, time our meals, and enhance our intelligence

Jessa Gamble


How DIY medical testing could save your life

Lori Miller Kase

Idea/Illness & Disease

The mental suffering of ICU patients could easily be lessened

Rebecca Guenard


There is no place for the surgeon myth in modern medicine

Alexis Sobel Fitts


Do you remember the ancient history of HIV/AIDS?

Ian Lekus

Video/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

Have mental health diagnoses lost sight of the human beings they seek to treat?

3 minutes

Video/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

How does it feel to have multiple voices in your mind all the time?

11 minutes


After a car crash, an American football player fights to get back in the game

7 minutes


How plagues really work

The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities

Wendy Orent


The power of fat

Human fat cells can be used to regenerate damaged hearts and ageing joints. So should we start piling on the pounds?

Jalees Rehman

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Under the influence

How did enlightenment thinkers distinguish between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’? And how should we?

Benjamin Breen

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

A good trip

Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair — and it’s working

Linda Marsa

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/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Magic or medicine?

If you were a poor Ugandan mother with a desperately ill baby, would you turn to Western medicine or the village healer?

Brendan Borrell


An iCure?

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

Alexander Masters


A flowered planet

For all their intricate symbolic force, from the Paleolithic to today's herbalism, plants are still a deep mystery to us

Olivia Laing