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Epidemiology
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Health Policy & Economics
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Illness & Disease
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Mind & Body
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Old Age & Death
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Essay/Gender

Who is a sportswoman?

Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair

Silvia Camporesi

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Idea/Illness & Disease

Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise

Jim Kozubek

Video/Illness & Disease

The restless rhythms of being a teenager with an incurable illness

12 minutes

Essay/Medicine

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

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Idea/Medical Ethics

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

Alice Dreger

Idea/Medicine

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

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Video/Addiction

Can writing an 11,000-page autobiographical thesis cure addiction?

16 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

The case against sugar

A potent toxin that alters hormones and metabolism, sugar sets the stage for epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes

Gary Taubes

Idea/Illness & Disease

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

Drew Smith

Idea/Health Policy & Economics

Empathy is an overrated skill when dispensing medical care

Karin Jongsma & Verena Klar

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Essay/Addiction

The addiction habit

Addiction changes the brain but it's not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it's learned – like a habit

Marc Lewis

Video/Mind & Body

Odourless world: what smell means to those who don’t have it

9 minutes

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Essay/Nutrition & Exercise

Is this medical bulimia?

A new medical device enables the expulsion of stomach contents for weight loss. Are you feeling disgusted? Should you be?

Nitin K Ahuja

Essay/Illness & Disease

Being ill, living well

Some say that illness is morally improving, others that there is nothing good about being sick. Can philosophy adjudicate?

Ian J Kidd

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Idea/Medicine

Why women with heart disease get a raw deal in medicine

Valeria Morabito

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Essay/Epidemiology

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

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Idea/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Can surrogacy ever escape the taint of global exploitation?

Katharine Dow

Idea/Human Enhancement

Humans have long wished to fly like birds: maybe we shall

Nicholas Carr

Idea/Pharmaceuticals

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

Rachel Jonas

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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

Essay/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

The twin boom

The proportion of twins in the population has waxed and waned in human history. For the first time we understand why

Laura Spinney

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Idea/Addiction

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

Joel Finkelstein

Idea/Mind & Body

How people with sports addiction are like drug addicts

Karin Jongsma

Essay/Biology

Microbes have no morals

First we learned to fear germs, then we learned to love our microbiome. But both sides get the biology basically wrong

Ed Yong

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Falling for sleep

When wakefulness is seen as the main event, no wonder so many have trouble sleeping. Can we rekindle the joy of slumber?

Rubin Naiman

Idea/Wellbeing

Why exhaustion is not unique to our overstimulated age

Anna Katharina Schaffner

Idea/Wellbeing

Doctors have become less empathetic, but is it their fault?

David Scales

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