‘Deaths of Despair’ — America’s Unfolding Tragedy

June 21, 2019

As noted in a recent Chicago Tribune editorial, the term "deaths of despair" is not something that emerged from refugee camps or war-torn cities or famine-wracked villages in poverty-stricken [...]

What Is Driving the Rise in Mental Health Issues?

June 14, 2019

To build a more in-depth understanding of the effects of the constant parade of fragmented, ever-shifting images that make up today's digital experience, research science needs to go beyond [...]

Selfie-Inflicted Deaths a Sign of Bigger Problems

June 7, 2019

By November 2013, the term "selfie" had been used so frequently that the Oxford English Dictionary chose it as its word of the year. Two years later, 24 billion selfies were posted on Google. [...]

The Weighty Issues Surrounding Ultraprocessed Foods

May 31, 2019

As discussed last week, studies of our immune system continue to demonstrate its central role in heath. We have also learned that, as a rule, if we feed this system well, it will protect us well. [...]

New Treatments in the Fight Against Melanoma

May 24, 2019

As I noted last week, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other forms of cancer combined. Even though incidence rates continue to climb, skin cancer remains one of [...]

Beating Back Skin Cancer

May 17, 2019

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. In recognition of the scope of this problem, the month of May has [...]

Age Discrimination — Commonplace in America

May 10, 2019

We see the image of a stooped-over old man, selfish, confused, disdainful about the world and snapping at everyone around him. Or the 50-something employee, technologically inept, struggling to [...]

The Assault on the Pursuit of Happiness

May 3, 2019

International researchers, policymakers and public health practitioners, I am guessing, were happy for the opportunity to gather at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health last month for a forum. They [...]

The Links Among Parents, Kids and Runaway Stress

April 26, 2019

We live in a sometimes-crazy world that moves at lightning speed. We all know what stress feels like. I felt more than a tinge of it in reaching my deadline for this article. Stress is hard-wired [...]

Pollen Becoming Impossible to Avoid

April 19, 2019

Spring has sprung. The weather is warming. The flowers are blooming. And noses are running, and eyes are watering. For the estimated 20% of Americans allergic to pollen, even under the best of [...]

Health and Human Flourishing

April 12, 2019

In our nation's drug overdose crisis, a crisis that shows no sign of slowing, the U.S. Surgeon General's office estimates more than 20 million people in our country have a substance use disorder. [...]

High Potency of Legal Marijuana Creating Health Concerns

April 5, 2019

In a bit of encouraging news, recent combined data from the Tobacco Products and Risk Perceptions Survey and the Health Information National Trends Survey revealed that an increasing number of [...]