Omicron may be less dangerous on an individual level, but hospitals are still overwhelmed, with dire ripple effects.
As unvaccinated patients overwhelm hospitals, health-care workers are being pushed to the edge.
Many vaccine-hesitant people worry about adverse health effects. They shouldn’t.
Clayton Dalton on being a physician and writer.
Mindfulness helped this ER doctor through a dark time. It can help us through these times.
Celebrating healthcare workers as ‘heroes’ obscures the systemic failures that forced us to fill the gap.
We want coronavirus tests to give us the all-clear. But, in medicine, test results are clues, not answers—and no test is perfect.
We still don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter right now; it’s plenty deadly.
To cope with the unimaginable, doctors are becoming numbingly familiar with mass death.
What The Pandemic Can Teach Us All About Intimacy
The system is coping, but the intensity of COVID-19 has surprised even experienced doctors.
Hospitals in the city are eerily quiet—emptied out in preparation for the surge in COVID-19 cases to come.
Most people don’t understand exponential growth. If they did, they’d be far more frightened.
The U.S. has been slow to roll out testing, leaving communities in the dark about the spread of the virus. It was a lost opportunity to stop the virus in its tracks.
Patients in hospital ERs can wait hours for inpatient beds to open up. The delays can be maddening. A solution for this long-standing problem has been elusive in the U.S., despite progress elsewhere.
The heavy hallucinogen ibogaine is illegal in the US, but some addicts are flocking to Mexican clinics for it, hoping to be cured. A physician investigates.
Heatstroke tends to get the most attention during extreme heat waves. But other diseases are affected by high temperatures as well.
An operations management specialist is applying lessons from statistics to help free up hospital beds. It’s working.
While misinformation can sway elections and threaten public institutions, medical falsehoods can threaten people’s health, or even their lives.
Caps on shift lengths for medical residents were implemented to improve patient safety. Given the effects of sleep deprivation on emotional capacity and residents' well-being, why risk longer hours?
A contrast agent doesn't make you feel better or treat what's ailing you. But by making CT scans clearer, contrast might be crucial in helping your doctor make the right diagnosis.
Elevated iron is at the center of a web of disease stretching from cancer to diabetes.
Infections with Clostridium difficile can be difficult to treat and life-threatening. Once a problem seen mainly in health care facilities, the infections are now occurring often in the community.
A new psychology of control. Every physician remembers their first bad case. Mine went like this.
For big pharma, the perfect patient is wealthy, permanently ill and a daily pill-popper. Will medicine ever recover?
IV bags filled with what's called normal saline are used to treat problems ranging from vomiting to lightheadedness. But evidence for the use of saline over other intravenous options is scant.
For some people, something as simple as having an IV line inserted can be excruciating. An emergency room doctor noticed a strange pattern. Many of these sensitive patients were regular opioid users.
Comprehensive lifestyle changes can reverse Alzheimer’s. What does this mean for the treatment of other chronic diseases?
There is nothing inevitable or even natural about the tide of chronic disease which threatens to overwhelm modern medicine