healthcare guides

The Tonic Guide to Healthcare

A comprehensive, easy-to-follow FAQ about getting medical care, whether you have good insurance, bad insurance, or no insurance at all.
Tonic Editors

Prescription Drugs Made Overseas Are a Risk to Your Health

The manufacture and distribution of medicines is a global industry, tainted by fake and substandard products. Not only might these drugs not work as expected, but some are even contributing to antimicrobial resistance.
Srinath Perur

Social Workers Are the Unsung Heroes of Healthcare

Even the best medical care may fail if it is not well integrated into the patient’s life.
Richard Gunderman
This Week in Science

Cool Science News You Don’t Want To Miss

A 3,300-year-old mummy's healthcare, a blood test that can read your body's internal clock, and predicting who will respond to sugar pills for pain.
Shayla Love
Race and Health

My Open Letter to Doctors About How to Treat Black and Latinx HIV Patients

New research reinforces the fact that doctors are unable to effectively engage with high-risk communities. Here's why.
George M. Johnson

Who Is Eugene Gu?

Is he a progressive doctor fighting racism and the Trump administration? Or a Twitter troll who has relentlessly manipulated a woman he dated?
Ankita Rao
mental health

Many Doctors Feel They Have to Hide Their Suicidal Thoughts

"I think physicians want to see themselves as strong and being able to fix things on their own, and not needing too much help."
Shayla Love
How to Not Die

The Easiest Way to Make a Useful First-Aid Kit

Whether you're going hiking or chopping onions, this kit will help if you do something stupid.
Matt Jancer

Updated HIV Laws May Only Protect the Privileged

Lawyers warn that oversimplification of cutting-edge HIV science could backfire for the most vulnerable patients.
Sony Salzman
LGBTQ health

This Is What Happens When a Trans Woman Gets Testicular Cancer

Cancer may get in the way of Natalie Jeffery's drag career, but it's not getting in the way of her transition.
Matthew Terrell
Race and Health

Doctors Don’t Always Believe You When You’re a Black Woman

Six black women tell us how they had to advocate for themselves in the doctor's office.
Joanne Spataro
How Not to Die

How Doctors Keep Jehovah’s Witnesses Alive When They Refuse Blood Transfusions

“I was raised in a religion where blood transfusions were the worst possible thing you could ever do.”
Elizabeth Brown