Study: When We Least Expect It, We Overeat

Sometimes being energized by your environment may be the worst thing for your waistline.

How Healthy Food Could Make You Fat

Say goodbye to the idea that what people weigh is solely a function of their deliberate choices!

Are Some Life-Saving Treatments Overkill?

We lose sight of the fact that sometimes the best medical intervention is not the most aggressive one.

Is it Irrational for Carmelo to Take So Many Three Pointers?

What happens when an NBA player misses a shot? How does such a failure influence the distance and timing of his next shot?

Will Cheap Genetic Tests Bankrupt Us?

The days of affordable genomic sequencing are rapidly approaching. But will such testing bankrupt us?

Side Effect Warnings Can Increase Pharmaceutical Sales

What is it that causes people to listen to the side effects of pharmaceutical products and still want to take the product?

Why Your Resistance Gets Low

Is it just weakness that causes us to overeat?

Is Greed the Key to Losing Weight?

A group incentive intervention to keep in mind when trying to promote socially and individually beneficial behaviors.

Define Emergency!

Fear of illness loses out over financial worries

Cancer Screenings and Natural Disasters: A Similar Debate

Can we claim to know the specific causes of individual tragedies?

Death With Dignity: Good Policy, Bad Name

There are many ways to die with dignity. Let's not propagate the mistake of equating dignity with suicide.

The Nitty Gritty of a Complicated Medical Decision

Should we consider only offering unproven medical interventions to patients willing to enter randomized clinical trials?

Is Behavioral Economics the Death of Living Wills?

What does behavioral economics teach us about the role of living wills in medical care?

A Smart Way to Use the Oncotype Prostate Cancer Test?

Will human psychology interfere with optimal use of the Oncotype test?

Why Do Patients Take Their Doctor's Advice?

Find out why people lean so heavily on physician advice. Is it the white coat?

Should Doctors Give Medical Advice to Strangers Over Email

What should doctors do when a stranger asks for medical advice over email?

Are Doctors Afraid to Talk Math with Their Patients?

Patient need information about their healthcare choices before they can become savvy consumers of healthcare. But too often, that information is nearly impossible to get.

Embracing People Who Do Well by Doing Good

I am fine with people doing well by doing good, are you?

Do Oncologists Lie to Their Patients About Their Prognoses

It's easy to give a medical colleague a 5% figure in the hallway, but at the bedside that's much harder.

The True Immoral Acts Behind the First "Test Tube Baby"

The true immorality behind the first IVF wasn't it being "unnatural" or posing risk to mothers and children, but lack of informed consent.

Deciding About Breast Cancer Chemotherapy

Given that the right choice often depends on patient preferences, it would be great to help patients understand enough of their math to involve them in making the choice. Pictographs can help them understand.

What Obese People Can Learn From Pigeons

Delaying gratification is an important life skill. As Walter Mischel showed in a series of groundbreaking studies, children who can delay gratification are more likely to go to college and less likely to end up in jail.

What Homer Simpson Can Teach Oncologists About Math

Cancer diagnoses can turn into math tests.

Life Saving Lessons From the Makers of Sprite?

How public campaigns would benefit if they took a lesson from soft drink companies.

Reason #73 That No One Wants a Colonoscopy

What does colon cancer have in common with applying to Stanford?

Doling Out Mental Healthcare with Your Latte

Do Starbucks employees have more emotional intelligence than your physician?

How the Action Imperative Imperils Medical Care

Fueled by an action imperative, Townsend took his index finger—ungloved, unsterilized, probably only moments earlier in direct contact with that filthy floor—and inserted it the wound, feeling around for the assassin’s bullet. It was that finger, and dozens of other later wound probings, that transformed the gunshot wound from an injury into a death sentence.

Patient Empowerment Is Not Always the Answer

Patient empowerment, and shared decision making between doctors and patients, make a sense in situations where the pros and cons of a patient’s alternatives are well known. But when alternatives are unclear, as in dense breast cancer screening, patients may be scared into taking expensive and unproven measures.

Physicians, Psychopaths and Reality T.V. Stars

Charlotte Scott had an eye for madness—for just the right amount of madness. As a booker for The Springer Show, her job was to find—and forgive me if I’m getting too technical here—minor nut jobs, the kind of people who were just unbalanced enough to make for entertaining T.V. but not so wacky that they would pull an Uzi out on the audience.

Inappropriate Touching in the Doctor’s Office

I felt a woman’s uterus without her permission. How this happened, and why I thought I had done the right thing at the time, tells us something important about medical education and shows us why doctor/patient interactions often play out like conversations between earthlings and aliens.

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