death, disease & medicine
Bullets and Ballots
Bullets and Ballots
Bob Grant | May 1, 2018
Researching the rare, but all-too-common, disease of gun violence in America will take a concerted political effort.
Colorblindness Study Reveals Unexpected Way to Make Blood Vessels
Colorblindness Study Reveals Unexpected Way to Make Blood Vessels
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.
Birth Defects Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Cancer
Birth Defects Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Cancer
Jim Daley | Apr 15, 2018
Certain non-chromosomal defects are strongly associated with specific childhood cancers.
Missing CDC Researcher Found Dead
Missing CDC Researcher Found Dead
Catherine Offord | Apr 5, 2018
The body of Timothy Cunningham, who disappeared in February, was recovered from the Chattahoochee River earlier this week.
John Cacioppo, a Founder of Social Neuroscience, Dies
John Cacioppo, a Founder of Social Neuroscience, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 8, 2018
The University of Chicago psychology professor made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms of social experiences.  
Could Rapamycin Help Humans Live Longer?
Could Rapamycin Help Humans Live Longer?
Anne N. Connor | Mar 1, 2018
From extending lifespan to bolstering the immune system, the drug’s effects are only just beginning to be understood.
Those We Lost in 2017
Those We Lost in 2017
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 27, 2017
The scientific community bid farewell to a number of luminaries this year. 
Accessing Drugs for Medical Aid-in-Dying
Accessing Drugs for Medical Aid-in-Dying
Catherine Offord | Aug 16, 2017
A fraught market for the barbiturates prescribed to terminally ill patients who choose to end their lives has physicians turning to options outside big pharma.
Interactive Infographic: State Laws for Medical Aid-in-Dying
Interactive Infographic: State Laws for Medical Aid-in-Dying
Catherine Offord | Aug 16, 2017
In six states and the District of Columbia, terminally ill patients can get a perscription for a life-ending drug, and several additional states are considering legalizing the practice.
Interactive Infographic: The Global Business of Dying
Interactive Infographic: The Global Business of Dying
Catherine Offord | Aug 16, 2017
Throughout the world, laws governing how terminally ill patients can choose to die vary widely.