Health & Medicine
Bodies, minds, and the things that help and harm them
Candy stores in the 19th century sold sweets as deadly as they were delicious.
A globe-hopping doctor and a weird amphibian produce a fast, inexpensive pregnancy test.
In a time of warring empires and transoceanic voyages, sailors dreaded scurvy more than any other disease.
John Harvey Kellogg’s Battle Creek Sanitarium was at the intersection of new ideas of religion, health, and nutrition.
For more than a century ozone therapy has been a source of false hope for the sick and ill-gotten gains for the crooked.
A molecule used in antifreeze may one day heal damaged spinal cords.
A simple invention that saved lives and led to the discovery of a hidden form of life.
The story of Louis Pasteur and the development of the rabies vaccine.
Dive into the world of nixtamalization, and find out how you’re eating a small piece of ancient chemistry each time you bite into a taco.
In the 1920s author Paul de Kruif turned science into an adventure story.
How one man’s youthful rebellion may unlock a cure for cancer.
Using chemistry to put a lid on unsavory practices.
Many young people living with HIV put themselves at risk by not taking their medication properly.
Anthropologist Jason Pine offers an up-close view of methamphetamine culture in small-town America.
Relics from a lab hint at centuries spent trying to solve diabetes.
The discovery of vitamins in the early 20th century opened the gates to the flood of dietary supplements we have today. The result has been the marketing of nutritional anxieties against a backdrop of minimal regulation.
Fleischmann’s Yeast for Health campaign turned unappetizing blocks of fresh yeast into one of the first health-food fads by using brazen, relentless advertising marked by unverifiable claims and “scientific” language.
Can a parasite in your cat’s litter box take control of your mind?