Podcast

New data may solve two of the most famous “cold cases” in medical history—the deaths of Ernest Shackleton and Edgar Allen Poe.

People who live with a disability are no stranger to overcoming obstacles. But the bias of a clinician shouldn’t be one of them.

Medical research labs have faced a difficult stretch of closed buildings and competing priorities. Yet they have also produced milestone discoveries—and not only on COVID-19.

The ascendance of virtual and distanced care has taken place with extraordinary speed. Lee Schwamm discusses which innovations are likely to stick and some bumps in the road ahead.

The crises of racism and COVID-19 overlap and reinforce one another. What steps can medicine take to make the pandemic response more just?

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger’s TED talk about what makes a good life has been viewed more than 32 million times. Can those rules be applied to quarantining as well?

How can literature serve medicine? An interview with the first “writer-in-residence” at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The body can behave strangely at high altitudes. What can that teach researchers about life at sea level?

Catch up on some of the most popular episodes of the Proto podcast as it heads into its fourth season.

Scientific collaborations with China are the latest front in the trade war. Foreign students are torn between two nations—and wrestling with a mental health crisis.

Hospitals get a step closer to conquering a deadly disease that most people have never heard of.

Psychiatry is finding its footing with machine intelligence. New tools may dramatically help those who need it the most.

Top Stories

To show her love, the author learns the value of lying to her mother.

In 1922 the Berlin woman became the first to undergo gender-affirming surgery.

Once regarded as a purely mental condition, functional neurological disorder emerges from the shadows.

Selected Reads

For decades, a tiny encampment of researchers has held that statin treatment is a hoax. In a time when contrarian views roar to life on social media, how can medicine keep minority opinions from doing irreparable harm?

Two years in deep space will subject the body to unprecedented stresses. Scientists are probing the secrets to survival.

A freak explosion tore through the quiet Nova Scotian city, prompting one of the most dramatic medical responses in history.