Eric’s Recent Stories
Health Feb 20How the psychology of a $4.99 price tag might influence who undergoes heart surgery
The older you get, the likelier it is that an operation’s risks outweigh the benefits. Yet to arbitrarily — and perhaps, unknowingly — fixate on the threshold at which patients pass from their 70s into their 80s seems like an…
Science Jun 24Will launching plants into orbit yield new medicines?
A team of biologists and chemists hopes that this alien environment might prod these floral cosmonauts into producing new and improved molecules for drugs.
Health Nov 12To save a young woman besieged by superbugs, scientists hunt a killer virus
Mark Smith wants to inject his dying daughter with a virus in hopes it might kill the bacteria rooted in her lungs. First, he has to find the right virus.
Health Jan 14Why patients blame the weather for their aching joints
New research adds to the evidence that weather doesn't aggravate joint pain. But patients will likely hold onto the belief.
Health Jan 08Doctors admonish us to leave earwax alone. Why won’t anyone listen?
Few pieces of medical advice have been so consistent for so long, and so ignored, as the admonition not to use foreign objects to remove earwax.
Health Oct 19How a golf ball-sized hole in his lung turned this doctor into an activist
Like all cases of active tuberculosis, Dr. Kelly Holland's diagnosis would turn into a detective story — and a public health nightmare.
Health Sep 25Freeze-dried drug factories could make various medicines, just add water
This device is called the Freezemobile, and it isn’t your standard household appliance.
Health Jun 11This website makes organ transplants in the U.S. possible
The DonorNet website matches available organs to needy patients, kicking off a race against time to get kidneys, livers, and more to transplant recipients.
Health May 16Boston hospital records first penis transplant in U.S.
In a 15-hour procedure earlier this month, a man received a penis transplant from a deceased donor at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Science Apr 28A new atlas maps word meanings in the brain
It’s like Google Maps for your cerebral cortex: A new interactive atlas purports to show which bits of your brain help you understand which types of concepts.