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The dirty dozen and clean 15 of produce

Which fruits and veggies really need to be organic, and which don’t? A new report provides guidance.


  The history of the pill

The advent of modern contraception in the 1960s stirred controversy. Taking the pill was easy. Integrating it into our society? Not so much.


Babies are polluted at birth, new report says

There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, but only about 200 of them have been tested for safety. That’s because the Environmental Protection Agency can only require safety testing after there is proof that a substance poses a health risk under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 — the only major [...]


As White House tackles obesity, lawmakers eye soda as culprit

Lawmakers around the country are mulling a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, just as the Obama administration takes on childhood obesity.


The mental health care labyrinth

For people suffering from depression, misinformation abounds. Drugs work, or do they? Talk therapy is the answer, or is it?


A brief history of the birth control pill

Take a look back through the history of the birth control pill.


Can global warming give you kidney stones?

A new report calls global warming the biggest global health threat of our century, and it could result in higher health care costs.

Erica Jong on the pill, then and now

The birth control pill turns 50 on May 9. Need to Know spoke to Erica Jong about the pill, sex and motherhood.


A conversation with Carl Djerassi, a father of the pill

The chemist talks with Need to Know about the early days of the pill, population decline and alternate realities.