Medical Care

36 Favorite Facts You've Always Believed That Are Actually False
36 Favorite Facts You’ve Always Believed That Are Actually False

Napolean wasn't short? Bananas don't grow on trees? Here, the world's most contagious myths and… >>

The Powerful Reason This Neuroscientist Studies Memory
The Powerful Reason This Neuroscientist Studies Memory

I discovered the three little words that broke through my father’s dementia. >>

This Man is Using a Simple Visual Trick to Cure Phantom Limb Pain
This Man is Using a Simple Visual Trick to Cure Phantom Limb Pain

Amputees are often tortured by phantom pain from missing limbs. While scientists puzzle over the… >>

6 Brilliantly Low-Budget Inventions That Could Help Save the World
6 Brilliantly Low-Budget Inventions That Could Help Save the World

From purified drinking water to safer home births, these genius inventions bring hope and… >>

11 Silent Signs of Big Health Problems You Might Be Ignoring
11 Silent Signs of Big Health Problems You Might Be Ignoring

Subtle clues—from handwriting to snoring—can reveal the earliest warnings of illness. Here's… >>

Do You Fall for the 'Nocebo Effect?' 5 Ways to Stay Positive for Better Health
Do You Fall for the ‘Nocebo Effect?’ 5 Ways to Stay Positive for Better Health

Scientific studies confirm that a placebo (a dummy medication or procedure) can genuinely benefit a… >>

This Health Plan Parody Will Put You in Stitches
This Health Plan Parody Will Put You in Stitches

"Warning: The Plan does not cover foreign objects in ears if the patient is an adult and the object… >>

Can My Doctor Charge Extra for That? The 3 Times You Might Pay More
Can My Doctor Charge Extra for That? The 3 Times You Might Pay More

Copies of forms? Late-night phone calls? What you do—and don't—have to pay for at the doctor's… >>

Why Am I Sick Again? 4 Health Problems That Can Feel Worse During Summer
Why Am I Sick Again? 4 Health Problems That Can Feel Worse During Summer

It's summertime and the livin' should be easy, but a number of health concerns can flare up or hit… >>

5 Classic Kitchen Home Remedies With New Science-Backed Benefits
5 Classic Kitchen Home Remedies With New Science-Backed Benefits

From cranberry juice to ginger, surprisingly healthy updates on your favorite kitchen cures. >>

Nature’s Antibiotics: 17 Remedies With Germ-Killing Properties
Nature’s Antibiotics: 17 Remedies With Germ-Killing Properties

Centuries before the 1928 discovery of penicillin, people around the world used natural remedies to… >>

A Stroke, A Coma, A Revelation: How a Quadriplegic Man Helped Pioneer His Own Life-Changing Robot
A Stroke, A Coma, A Revelation: How a Quadriplegic Man Helped Pioneer His Own Life-Changing Robot

After a paralyzing stroke, Henry Evans went from feeling suicidal to full of optimism with help… >>

The 51 Funniest Things That Ever Happened at The Doctor's Office
The 51 Funniest Things That Ever Happened at The Doctor’s Office

Hilarious true stories, jokes, transcripts, and more from real doctors, nurses, and fellow patients… >>

Car Insurance, Nightclubs, Dry Cleaning: Does Life Cost More for Men or Women?
Car Insurance, Nightclubs, Dry Cleaning: Does Life Cost More for Men or Women?

Researchers in California once discovered that women in that state annually pay around $1,351 more… >>

Dr. Travis Stork Gets Silly: Outtakes From the May 2015 Reader's Digest Cover Shoot
Dr. Travis Stork Gets Silly: Outtakes From the May 2015 Reader’s Digest Cover Shoot

Our May 2015 cover story is all about the funny side of medicine: 51 hilarious true stories and… >>

Health Secrets Your Feet Wish They Could Tell You
Health Secrets Your Feet Wish They Could Tell You

If your feet could talk, they might say, "You berate my bunions, curse my achy heels, and pop my… >>

5 Stunning Medical Miracles That Doctors Can't Explain
5 Stunning Medical Miracles That Doctors Can’t Explain

Most people don’t survive a dying heart or a brain-eating amoeba. 
These five patients were… >>

7 Catchy Mnemonic Devices That Could Save Your Life
7 Catchy Mnemonic Devices That Could Save Your Life

If only all of life's emergencies came with a mnemonic device. Fortunately, these—from heart… >>

America's Sleep Crisis Is Making Us Sick, Fat, and Stupid. But There's Hope.
America’s Sleep Crisis Is Making Us Sick, Fat, and Stupid. But There’s Hope.

Sleep deprivation now rivals obesity and smoking as our greatest public health crisis. Here's what… >>