In The Gambia, powerful pain killers are hard to come by—generic versions of Tylenol and Advil are the primary option, even at the main hospital in the capital, Banjul.   That does not deter nurses like Nadia Drammeh.   Many of her patients—80-90%, she estimates—walk in…

It’s the year 2040, and medicine isn’t what it used to be. In this imagined scenario:

In 3 decades, China has transitioned from a poor farming country the world’s second largest economy. But China’s “cradle-to-grave system of socialized medicine” is cracking under the weight of 1 billion+ people. China has just 1 general practitioner for every 6,666 people;…

In the few short days since his death, the legacy of Senator John McCain has been examined at length. Its final chapter highlights glioblastoma, the brain cancer that killed him. The most common form of brain cancer, 14,000 people are diagnosed each year in the US; all but…

Mentorship is a critical aspect of training in medicine but generational differences can lead to conflict and unproductive relationships—a huge detriment considering millennials will comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025.

Viruses have been known allies in cancer treatment, but a study released yesterdayin the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows surprising promise using Zika virus to combat brain cancer.

A culture of silence enveloping mental health and physicians discourages many from seeking care, even though the high-stakes field often leads to burnout and depression. An estimated 400 physicians take their lives every year in the US alone. To break the silence, several…

Patients might want to check their attitude: doctors are more likely to misdiagnose patients who are jerks, 2 new studies from the Netherlands confirm. The research, published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, backs the idea that doctors are more likely to make bad…

Arun Suri, an internal medicine intern at San Francisco General Hospital, draws upon lessons learned from studying Cuba’s health-care system in this thought-provoking commentary, sharing insights about the ways that Cuban medical schools nurture the social value of medicine…

Celebrated neurologist Oliver Sacks died yesterday of cancer, at age 82—a loss for the world that prompted an outpouring of affection and inspiring tributes from his many friends and admirers.