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The Power of Friends and Family

Social networks are key to fighting breast cancer.

Rubbed the Right Way

UC Berkeley students bring natural products into the skin-care world.

Spork for Your Sorrows?

Nikki Huiras practices professional cuddling.

Biohacking Your Way to a Better Brain

Are nootropics—the so-called smart drugs—really that smart?

Rethinking Gender Boundaries

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital expands gender center services to Oakland, spreading awareness for gender-expansive kids.

What’s In Your Doctor’s Medical Bag?

Smartphones, computers, and tablets are as essential as the stethoscope for physicians delivering everyday health care as the popularity of telemedicine increases.

My Lead-Poisoned Year

A mother reflects on her daughter’s brush with lead poisoning and contemplates living with uncertainty.

Pubic Peer Pressure

As the popularity of Brazilian waxing and related grooming increases among women, doctors have become concerned.

Custom Prosthetics Get Cool

An Oakland industrial 3D printing and design studio, FATHOM, and online community e-NABLE team up to get artificial limbs to children and people in need around the world.

The Future of Health Care Is Avatars, Driverless Cars, and Virtual Reality

Teams at Kaiser’s Garfield Innovation Center test-drive solutions with doctors, nurses, patients, and consultants whose ideas may lead to a new health-care delivery system.