TIME Features


People Are Now Taking Placebo Pills to Deal With Their Health Problems—And It's Working

This feature story looks at the new power of placebo. Even when people know they’re taking sham pills, they can still improve. What does that mean for the future of medicine?

Can an App Prevent Pregnancy?

There are hundreds of fertility awareness apps available for download, and now, some of the apps are marketing themselves as a contraceptive. Are they effective? I profile several women who use fertility awareness methods as a modern alternative to birth control.

Are We Finally Ready for the Male Pill? (PDF)

Male contraceptive research is plagued by technical challenges, funding hiccups, and sexism. But thanks to persistent scientists and shifting societal norms, the path forward is looking hopeful. 

How to Live Longer, Better (Cover Story, PDF)

There's something to be said for aging less timidly—as a sort of happy contrarian, arguing when you feel like arguing, playing when you feel like playing. Inside the lives of people who are approaching aging without fear.

The War on Superbugs (PDF)

How a forgotten 100-year-old treatment called phage therapy is saving lives.

The Weight Loss Trap: Why Your Diet Isn't Working (Cover Story, PDF)

Why no single diet—from low carb to paleo to low fat and vegan—will work for everyone.

Death, Disrupted (PDF)

The weird ways Silicon Valley is trying to cheat death, from young blood transfusions to $25,000 physicals.

How Botox Became the Drug That's Treating Everything (Cover Story, PDF)

The weird, wild science behind Botox.

The New Transplant Revolution (PDF)

A rise in transplants that improve lives rather than save them is filled with promise and ethical dilemmas. Video: What Life Looks Like After the World’s Most Extensive Face Transplant

Exclusive: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. After following this clinical trial for over a year, I was able to break the news of this historic birth.

Inside the German Hospital Where Polish Women Seek Abortions

It’s almost impossible to get an abortion in Poland. These women crossed the border to Germany for help.  

Scoop: 4 Breakthrough Uterus Transplants Performed in the U.S.

Four women received uterus transplants from live donors, only one succeeded. 

Scoop: The First American With a Double Hand Transplant Wants Them Removed

"I can do absolutely nothing."

What You Need to Know About Zika (Cover Story, PDF)

Everything you need to know about the virus, the mosquitoes that carry it, and how to beat it. 

The War Against Mosquitoes

I go behind the scenes to a town in Brazil that is using genetic modified mosquitoes to fight Zika.

Inside Zika's Toll in Brazil (PDF)

I traveled to Brazil to report on the spike in cases of babies born with the severe birth defect microcephaly. I was one of the first journalists on the scene.

Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous

"Where have all the entomologists gone?" How a shortage of bug scientists is putting us at risk

Why (Almost) Everyone is Embracing the Digital Doctor (PDF)

More Americans are using apps to video chat their doctors for faster care from the privacy of their homes.

Energy Drinks Have Doctors Worried—But Business is Booming (PDF)

New research into energy drink consumption and youth suggests the beverages may not be so benign for young people. 

The Next Best Thing to a Cure (PDF)

Inspired by his son's condition, a father has invented a bionic pancreas that could transform life with diabetes. 

After Ebola (PDF)

Why the worst outbreak ever is a warning of what could come next.

Stepping into the Light (PDF)

In a race to cure blindness, three advances come closer to reality.

The IUD Answer

Why the best form of birth control is the one no one is using.

It's the Little Things That Keep Us Young (PDF)

As part of TIME's annual longevity issue, I covered the new science that shows daily lifestyle choices can help people live better--and longer. 

Why Schools Can't Teach Sex Ed

In the Internet age, young kids are exposed to more explicit content. 

When Sleep and School Don't Mix

Evidence is mounting that teenagers should start school a little later. So why aren’t they?