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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...

Soap Bubbles

Food preferences aren’t just a matter of taste. Science writer Jennifer Ouellette takes us on a molecular journey to discover why we are who we are. Read More...

Old-fashioned medicine ad

Sick of getting lost in page after page of health websites? Thomas Goetz, founder of Iodine and author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine, says what we’re missing is good design. Read More...

Stethoscope

Technology investor Esther Dyson wants to develop comprehensive healthcare role models—starting one town at a time. Read More...

sugar

Put down that low-fat yogurt! Dr. Robert Lustig says that sugar - not fat - may be the real culprit behind America's obesity epidemic. Read more...

Historian Elizabeth Abbott tells us the story of how people first fell in love with sugar - despite the high human cost of producing it. Read more...

junk food!

If you find yourself reaching for an extra serving of broccoli instead of that giant spoonful of Nutella, new research suggests you might have your mother to thank. Read more...

What if the gap between the haves and have-nots opens up earlier in life than we ever expected? Dr. Jack Shonkoff says a child's success in school depends on her earliest stages of development. Read more...

Governor Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick tells us about his new Pre-K policy initiative that takes cues from research in early childhood development. Read more...

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