Inmates, Doctors, and the Battle Over Trans Medical Care

Stephen Levine was born in 1942 in Pittsburgh. He wanted to be a doctor from the time he was a little boy; he saw how much his parents and people in his community respected the profession. At Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he decided to go into psychiatry, drawn to how the field […]

When the Next Animal Plague Hits, Can This Lab Stop It?

There were 16 pathogens on the terrorist’s list, written in tall, spiky scribbles that slanted across the page. Next to each one was the incubation period, route of transmission, and expected mortality. Pneumonic plague, contracted when the bacterium responsible for bubonic plague gets into the lungs, was at the top of the list. Left untreated, […]

How Fringe Stem Cell Treatments Won Allies on the Far Right

For more than a decade, Kristin Comella, the chief science officer of US Stem Cell Inc., took to conference stages and appeared at health expos evangelizing the benefits of her company’s experimental treatments. By extracting fat through liposuction, then filtering out adult stem cells and reinjecting them into troubled tissue, US Stem Cell could achieve […]