Birth control and the Affordable Care Act (and, yes, the pope)

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With much of the East Coast enthralled by the visit of Pope Francis, let's review an issue that pits – perhaps – the pontiff's... Read more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce fights anti-smoking laws worldwide. So what?

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it turns out, actively campaigns against anti-tobacco laws in countries around the world. The New York Times... Read more

'Asylums' vs. failed community care: a false choice for the severely mentally ill

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This is the second in a mini-series of posts–responses to a controversial essay by University of Pennsylvania bioethicists titled “Improving... Read more

Set aside 'Little Orphan Annie.' How do we really deal with unwanted kids?

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Americans prefer stories about our most vulnerable youngsters to have a happy ending, like the comic book character “Little Orphan Annie... Read more

Should teens get to say ‘no’ to life-saving medical treatment?

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Two weeks ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hartford Hospital forcing chemotherapy on Cassandra C., a 17-year-old girl with... Read more

Ebola quarantines: nurses' perspective

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The Ebola crisis in West Africa continues to rage unabated. The suffering of adults, children, and communities is unparalleled. In fact, the... Read more

A century after W.E.B. Du Bois, science still gets race wrong

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Most of us today don’t know the name W.E.B. Du Bois. But we should. Du Bois’s pioneering sociological work on race (books like... Read more

Facing the concussion risks of youth football

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After years of denying the link between football and brain disease, this month the National Football League’s own experts calculated... Read more