Retro Report: How an Unsolved Mystery Changed the Way We Take Pills
The origins of tamper-resistant packaging — exasperating yet reassuring — lie in a deadly episode in 1982, when cyanide-laced Tylenol killed seven...
Aspirin Late in Life? Healthy People May Not Need It
Millions take aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cancer. New research shows older people in good health may not need it — and should not...
Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence
Once a year, doctors travel to Rwanda to perform lifesaving surgery on people with damaged heart valves — a disease caused by untreated strep throat.
A Boy Named Chance in a Land Without Heart Surgeons
I went to Kigali in Rwanda to report on the type of heart disease afflicting Chance and millions of other young people. I was supposed to be a fly...
California Had Its Own Climate Summit. Now What?
There were plenty of announcements at a major climate conference in San Francisco, but not enough of what one researcher called the “exponential...
Walter Mischel, 88, Psychologist Famed for Marshmallow Test, Dies
Dr. Mischel’s experiments with preschoolers and sweets zeroed in on the importance of delayed gratification, and his insights changed the study of...
As the Ice Melts, NASA Will Be Watching
The new ICESat-2, set to launch on Saturday, can measure changes in the planet’s ice that are less than the width of a pencil.
Trilobites: Water Droplets Don’t Just Hover on a Hot Pan. They Roll.
Physicists took a deeper look at the Leidenfrost effect, which you’ve likely experienced when you’ve dripped water into a pan to test its temperature.
Prominent Cancer Researcher Resigns from Dartmouth Amid Plagiarism Charges
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch was seen as an authority on the risks of aggressive screening for breast cancer and over-diagnosis. He disputed the charges.
The New Old Age: For Elderly Women with Breast Cancer, Surgery May Not Be the Best Option
Nursing home patients may be frail or have other diseases, leading some doctors to advise hormone therapy rather than operations.
Top Sloan Kettering Cancer Doctor Resigns After Failing to Disclose Industry Ties
Dr. José Baselga, the cancer center’s chief medical officer, stepped down days after a report that he had not reported millions of dollars as...
U.S., Russia Respond to Space Station Leak Rumors
After speaking for the first time, Jim Bridenstine of NASA and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Rogozin, set out to reaffirm cooperation on orbital...