Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart
Mimi Swartz’s “Ticker” tells the story of the doctors who, against all odds, struggled to make a device to replace one of our most vital organs.
Nonfiction: A Nobel Laureate Asks What Makes a ‘Disordered Mind’
In his new book, the neuroscientist Eric Kandel explores the science of unusual brains, locating many of his answers in genetics.
Europe’s Triumphs and Troubles Are Written in Swiss Ice
Pollen frozen in ice in the Alps traces Europe’s calamities, since the time Macbeth ruled Scotland.
New Approach to Breast Reconstruction May Reduce Pain and Weakness for Some
The technique places implants on top of muscle, instead of under it.
Personal Health: The Risks to Children From Adults Who Smoke
Even if smokers don’t light up in the presence of children, residue on objects can cause harm.
The New Health Care: Can Paying for a Health Problem as a Whole, Not Piece by Piece, Save Medicare Money?
A program called bundled payments appears promising, but we need more rigorous evaluations.
The Checkup: For Kids With Concussions, Less Time Alone in a Dark Room
The C.D.C.’s first guidelines to focus on children's head injuries steer doctors away from CT scans and prolonged isolation.
Don’t Use Infant Walkers
Skull fractures, often from falling down stairs, are among the injuries that can occur with child walkers.
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...