Over the last three decades, massive sulcata tortoises have become a popular American family pet. Meet the people who made that happen — and the ones that are begging you not to buy one.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

In the rehab capital of America, addicts are bought, sold, and stolen for their insurance policies, and many women are coerced into sex.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

After months of debate, the FDA is acknowledging the serious risks that come with the Essure sterilization device. But many women are angry it hasn’t been pulled from the market.

Azeen Ghorayshi • 2 years ago

Santa Cruz Biotech, a lab supply company the government has accused repeatedly of animal welfare violations, has now gotten itself into Twitter hot water.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

They tried adding a man, but then changed their minds.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

Pharma companies are looking at old drugs — including a common cough suppressant, an opiate addiction treatment, and even Botox — for new ways to treat depression.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

A paper published this week shows many flaws in how pharma companies collect and report dangerous side effects.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

A New York woman’s DWI case was thrown out after the judge deemed that she had auto-brewery syndrome, a rare condition in which the gut brews its own alcohol.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

With no federal standards to guide them, fewer than half of medical marijuana states require safety testing of cannabis.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

Locked up in a psych ward under the false premise that he was a convicted sex offender, Eddie Davison sued New York state for false imprisonment. Now the state is charging him $2 million.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

The largest doctor group in the U.S. is calling for a ban on direct-to-consumer marketing for prescription drugs and medical devices.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

While the opioid crisis rages, a report published on Monday recommends that states require doctors to check patient names in massive prescription databases, in hopes of finding telltale signs of addiction and drug-dealing.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

On Monday, some nine years after Anil Potti first wrote about a new way to pick the best chemo treatment, government investigators announced that he made most of it up.

Cat Ferguson • 2 years ago

Now that Geoff Marcy has resigned from his position at Berkeley, astronomers are grappling with what comes next.

Peter Aldhous • 3 years ago

Scientists in Europe are trying stem cell therapy to help fetuses diagnosed with severe brittle bone disease. The work shows the value of using fetal cells in research, experts say.

Cat Ferguson • 3 years ago

Three years ago, the Senate launched an investigation into financial ties between Big Pharma and pain patient advocacy groups. Now some doctors want to know what happened to the evidence.

Cat Ferguson • 3 years ago

The Feds are investigating a California biotechnology company for inadequate care of thousands of goats and rabbits, and hiding hundreds of animals from inspectors for years. Experts say the case reveals major weaknesses in animal welfare law.

Cat Ferguson • 3 years ago

A motley crew of retired psychiatrists found tons of problems with a study that hid the risk of kids killing themselves on the antidepressant Paxil.

Cat Ferguson • 3 years ago

Nicole Cronin was one of the hundreds of people who overdose in Palm Beach County every year. She came to South Florida for help, but instead found a rehab system with weak scientific backing that's riddled with fraud.

Cat Ferguson • 3 years ago

Hundreds of scientists from around the world redid 100 psychology studies. Fewer than half reproduced the original results.

Cat Ferguson • 3 years ago