Medical

10.18.18

Here Comes the Legal Case for Medicinal Psychedelics

BC therapist Bruce Tobin is striving to give end-of-life cancer patients magic mushrooms in a clinical setting.

7.9.18

Don't Buy This: Travel Insurance Is Usually a Waste of Money

Save your vacation dollars for the fun stuff instead.

10.23.16

Cracking the Cranial Vault: What It Feels Like to Perform Brain Surgery

It felt medieval when I put her in pins. It was my first time peeling down scalp and opening the skull of living human, a thrill unlike any other. Ten years and thousands of surgeries later, the experience is still branded into my own head.

7.25.16

A Doctor Filmed Maggots Crawling Out of a Patient's Wounds at a Romanian Hospital

The Romanian health minister did not hesitate to accuse the hospital's management of negligence: "This is unacceptable... surely someone could have taken some time out of their lunch break to put up a mosquito net," he said.

4.6.16

A Young Person's Guide to Checking Your Breasts for Cancer

It's the most common cancer affecting women, with one in eight being diagnosed at some point in our lives.

10.27.15

Meth Bugs Are Rare and Imaginary but They'll Make You Tear Your Skin Off

Anti-drug campaigns make meth bugs look like the benchmark for addiction, but the truth is that you don't need meth to see them, and some meth addicts never do.

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10.23.15

Can You Really Become Addicted to a Drug After Just One Hit?

The idea that one toke on a crack pipe destroys your life is popular, but it contradicts what we know about brain chemistry.

10.13.15

​What Exactly Happens When You Pop a Testicle and How to Fix It

With equal parts morbid curiosity and dedication to public service journalism we called a genital urological surgeon to find out what happens when you pop a ball.

7.20.15

Figure 1 Is Like Instagram, but for Doctors

If you've ever wanted to hop on an app and look at medical maladies, Silicon Valley has the cure for what ails you.

6.25.15

Grab a Gas Mask and Prepare for Nuclear Decimation With Mutilation Rites' Bleak New Video

NSFW, and probably not safe for anywhere else, either. Press play if you never want to sleep again.

4.23.15

What's Up with China's Erectile Dysfunction Problem?

We talked to the author of a new book on the epidemic of impotence in China and look at how people's attitudes toward sexuality are changing in the country.

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