Drugs from Dirt 2.0

Nobody scours Central Park looking for drugs quite the way Sean Brady does. A look into the revitalized search for new antibiotics.

Fresh, Frozen, and Never Embalmed

In February of 2012, two duct-taped camping coolers—the kind you might take on a picnic—arrived at a freight-shipping warehouse on the northeast side of Detroit Metro airport.

Postcard from Miami

One weekend in Miami with attendees at the first-ever World Happiness Summit.

The Reversal

A doctor at Duke builds a website to investigate off-label and alternative treatments for A.L.S. But what happens when patients start bringing him potential cures that researchers have been missing all along?

Know Thyself

A little exercise is better than none at all, but, by many accounts, one unnecessary medical test is a step too far. My time as a human guinea pig. (Interview on Science Friday.)

Dept. of Critical Care

Norm McSwain was a hillbilly turned trauma surgeon. He argued against gun control and in favor of bleeding control. “Stopping hemorrhage is not fighting,” he told me. “It’s not political. It’s motherhood and apple pie.”