A Rising Threat to Pregnant Women: Syphilis

The Treponema pallidum bacterium, which causes syphilis. It can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy or birth.CreditCreditSusan Lindsley/CDC, via Associated Press Syphilis continues to make a dismaying comeback in the United States. Between 2012 and 2016, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among women increased 111 percent. Over the same period, the […]

What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

The Sarah Cannon Research Institute, based in Nashville, received nearly $8 million in payments from drug companies on behalf of its president for clinical operations, Dr. Howard Burris, largely for research work. Dozens of his articles published in prestigious medical journals did not include the required disclosures of those payments and relationships.CreditCreditWilliam DeShazer for The […]

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Season of Turmoil

CreditCreditDavid Plunkert Hundreds of doctors packed an auditorium at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Oct. 1, deeply angered by revelations that the hospital’s top medical officer and other leaders had cultivated lucrative relationships with for-profit companies. One by one, they stood up to challenge the stewardship of their beloved institution, often to emotional applause. […]

The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

Near St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, flyers offer money for unused diabetes test strips. Buyers are often uninsured and cannot afford to pay retail prices.CreditCreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times On most afternoons, people arrive from across New York City with backpacks and plastic bags filled with boxes of small plastic strips, forming […]

The Elderly and Driving: When Is It Time to Hit the Brakes?

Prince Philip talking with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor in May. He was involved in a car accident on Thursday, raising questions in Britain about when seniors should stop driving.CreditCreditSteve Parsons/Press Association, via Associated Press Prince Philip, the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, overturned his Land Rover on Thursday in a car […]

F.D.A. Panel Splits on Whether to Approve New Diabetes Drug

The drug makers Sanofi and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals are seeking F.D.A. approval for the first oral treatment for Type 1 diabetes.CreditCreditChristian Hartmann/Reuters An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration split evenly on Thursday over whether the agency should approve the first oral medication to treat Type 1 diabetes. The committee voted 8-8, leaving it […]

Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?

Cannabis plants in a lab at Niagara College in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. As marijuana use becomes more widespread and varied, some people worry that its more potent versions can cause or exacerbate mental illness.CreditCreditCarlos Osorio/Reuters Nearly a century after the film “Reefer Madness” alarmed the nation, some policymakers and doctors are again becoming concerned about the […]