Rachel Nuwer, Author at Medical Bag

Rachel Nuwer

Rachel Nuwer is a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist and author who regularly contributes to the New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American and more.

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Combining Her Love of Medicine and the Outdoors, This Physician Created the Ultimate Wilderness First-Aid Kit

In the week leading up to a trip to Mount Rainier last summer, Tara Garland, an emergency medicine physician and avid outdoorswoman, got the same question from three different colleagues: “What do you carry in your first-aid wilderness kit?” It wasn’t the first time Garland, who carries a kit for both herself and others, had…

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Fail-Proof Gifts for the Physician Who Has Everything

This has been an exceptionally difficult year for everyone, but especially for doctors working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those whose medical specialties did not bring them into contact with COVID-19 patients have been strained, too, by the emotional and economic stress of the past nine months. “A lot of people are seeing…

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Eight Medical Treatments We Now Know to Be Poisonous

Humans have sought to prevent and treat disease since time immemorial. But it’s only relatively recently that scientists and doctors have developed the means to better pinpoint the causes of disease and test the efficacy of remedies. For centuries, physicians and healers around the world often prescribed treatments that not only didn’t help but actually…

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How President Biden Will Shape Healthcare in His First 100 Days in Office

Americans can expect major changes to the nation’s approach toward healthcare following President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The enactment of those changes, however, is dependent on the balance of power in the Senate, which will be decided by the Georgia runoff elections in January. The Biden administration has extensive plans for scaling up…

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