medicine

All your medications, straight to your doorstep.

PillPack CEO TJ Parker may have grown up in his dad’s pharmacy, but the company he co-founded mostly exists online. Read More...

Take a peek inside your prescription.

Bob Bean, president and CEO of genetic testing company Harmonyx, explains why modern medicine is about to get a little more personal. Read More...

The vitamins of the alphabet.

Despite the claims of parents, teachers, and doctors, that morning multivitamin might not be doing much. “Vitamania” author Catherine Price tells us why we should be wary of all the health promises. Read More...

An x-ray of a human head. Credit: Rudolf Vlcek / Flickr Creative Commons

Do we know our bodies’ true value? Northeastern's Kara Swanson says the massive gap between organ supply and demand makes it much higher than we might think. Read More...

Doctor and patient

From long waits to high prices, our current primary care system is failing too many patients. Doctors Ateev Mehrotra and Rushika Fernandopulle examine ways to overhaul the system. Read More...

Pill bottle

Drug-resistant bacteria and fewer new antibiotics could set us up for a return to the Dark Ages, when minor infections were fatal. Read More...

Old-fashioned medicine ad

Sick of getting lost in page after page of health websites? Thomas Goetz, founder of Iodine and author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine, says what we’re missing is good design. Read More...

Dr. David Williams of the Boston Children's Hospital and colleagues may be on the verge of curing the mysterious Bubble Boy Syndrome. Read more...

Is Jack Andraka the country's most famous high school student? We talk with the 15-year old winner of the Intel Science Talent Search, who developed an early means of detecting one of the world's deadliest cancers. Read more...

When journalist Steven Brill first began investigating the American health care system for his article "Bitter Pill, he started in a familiar place: medical bills. What he found shocked him. One patient, for example, paid $2,293 per day just for room and board in a hospital - about ten times more than he would have paid for a hotel room - and had little choice in the matter. 

"There's no marketplace at all," Brill says. "The person buying the service has no leverage, no power, and no visibility into the cost."

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