health

Varieties of Sunscreen

Traditional sunscreens have chemicals that can seep into our bodies. Not cool, right? Biomedical engineer Mark Saltzman thinks he might have a sticky solution to the problem. Read More...

rich king

Why the middle class will have eight fewer years of healthy life than the rich, and what that means for you. Read more...

A statue of a cowboy

Doctors who color outside the lines are responsible for a big chunk of US health care spending. Ariel Stern explains why. Read More...

Apps.

Need to plan a lengthy trip? Dealing with IBS? There’s an app for that. Nir Eyal explains why “apps as assistants” might be the future. Read More...

Coffee art.

Drink four cups of java every day? There might be a genetic reason for that. Marilyn Cornelis dives into the science behind coffee consumption. Read More...

All your medications, straight to your doorstep.

PillPack CEO TJ Parker may have grown up in his dad’s pharmacy, but the company he co-founded mostly exists online. Read More...

The vitamins of the alphabet.

Despite the claims of parents, teachers, and doctors, that morning multivitamin might not be doing much. “Vitamania” author Catherine Price tells us why we should be wary of all the health promises. Read More...

Old hands

The average American lifespan rose from about 50 years to nearly 80 during the 20th century. Can we live even longer? Harvard Medical School’s David Sinclair has done research that he says may one day allow many of us to live to 120. Read More...

Birth control pills

It’s simply known as “the pill,” but Jonathan Eig relates its unexpected history in his book, The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution. Read More...

For years, the fight against polio was considered one of the most successful vaccination campaigns of all time. But now, the reappearance of the disease in countries like Pakistan, Syria, and Cameroon has thrown that success into jeopardy.  How was polio wiped out the first time around? Read more...

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