Debate about doctors’ professional freedoms

A Chinese psychiatrist who took 64 mental patients with him when he moved to a better-funded hospital has sparked debate about doctors’ professional freedoms as China tries to encourage private capital to enter its...

The Purpose Of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say

Over the years, scientists have come up with a lot of ideas about why we sleep. Some have argued that it’s a way to save energy.  Others have suggested that slumber provides an opportunity...

Restaurant Industry Reluctant To Scale Back FDA Menu Rules

Republicans on Thursday reignited their effort to change the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling rules, but their effort could be stymied by opposition from one of the restaurant industry’s leading trade groups. Restaurants...

Pregnant Women Turn To Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants

As states legalize marijuana or its medical use, expectant mothers are taking it up in increasing numbers — another example of the many ways in which acceptance of marijuana has outstripped scientific understanding of...

It’s About Cancer, Not Sex, Say Doctors, As CDC Urges HPV Vaccine For Preteens

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cancers of some of the most private places: the cervix, vagina, penis and throat. Although there’s been a vaccine to...

Will Trump Have The Guts To Stand Up To Drug Companies?

President Trump and other Republicans have talked about the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. Recently, Trump said (rightly) that Big Pharma is “getting away with murder.” But talk is cheap. The question is: Will...