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How the medical profession can help heal divisions as well as diseases

How the medical profession can help heal divisions as well as diseases

Medicine need not be confined to the role of cultural bellwether, a sheep with a bell on its neck that reveals where the whole flock is headed. Along with other ...

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Health insurers want you to try cheaper drugs first, but that can hurt you

Health insurers want you to try cheaper drugs first, but that can hurt you

Few people are familiar with the term “step therapy,” but most Americans have health insurance policies that adopt it. Step therapy programs, also known as “fail first ...

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An app that nudges people to eat their veggies only works when it’s introduced with a human touch

An app that nudges people to eat their veggies only works when it’s introduced with a human touch

Paula, a 59-year-old mother of two in Southern California, is getting out of a cooking rut with VeggieBook, a free mobile app we created that users can view in English or ...

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To feel happier, we have to resolve to the life we evolved to live

To feel happier, we have to resolve to the life we evolved to live

When we have to give a talk to a group of people, we feel anxious and experience the bodily fear responses that do not make sense now: The system is not meant to function ...

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Celebrating solutions that chip away at big problems: 3 essential reads

Celebrating solutions that chip away at big problems: 3 essential reads

Editor’s note: As we come to the end of the year, Conversation editors take a look back at the stories that – for them – exemplified 2018. Slowing the pace of climate ...

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Why you may be more at risk for foodborne infections during the holidays

Why you may be more at risk for foodborne infections during the holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays, many people agree, and millions of people will travel long distances to get there. Along the journey, however, you may be at ...

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Could the increase in e-cigarette use by teens be colored by flavor?

Could the increase in e-cigarette use by teens be colored by flavor?

An upsurge in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students occurred nationally between 2011 and 2018, with nearly 21 of every 100 high school students surveyed ...

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Flavored e-cigarettes are fueling a dangerous increase in tobacco use

Flavored e-cigarettes are fueling a dangerous increase in tobacco use

An upsurge in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students occurred nationally between 2011 and 2018, with nearly 21 of every 100 high school students surveyed ...

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How US demographics changed in 2018: 5 essential reads

How US demographics changed in 2018: 5 essential reads

The U.S. is getting older, more suburban and less fertile. connel/shutterstock.comEditor’s note: As we come to the end of the year, Conversation editors take a look back at the ...

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How wealth inequality in the US affects health inequality in the US: 4 essential reads

How wealth inequality in the US affects health inequality in the US: 4 essential reads

Editor’s note: As we come to the end of the year, Conversation editors take a look back at the stories that – for them – exemplified 2018. If you have health insurance, a ...

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