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How Anti-Vaccine Activists Harmed Somali-Americans
A recent outbreak is only going to bring further discrimination against a vulnerable group whose members were targeted by charlatans.
More Evidence That Charlie Sheen’s 2015 HIV Announcement Saved Lives
A new study looks at the sales of an at-home HIV-testing kit and finds some very encouraging results.
Supervised Drug-Injection Sites Are Spreading in Canada, Which Is Good
It might seem counterintuitive to advertise a place for injection-drug users to shoot up, but there’s smart public-health reasoning behind the idea.
The White-Mortality Crisis Shows How Psychological Distress Can Become Physical
If a group of people feels they have nothing left to strive for and that their best days are behind them, those thoughts will eventually take a toll.
Australia Is Figuring Out How to Get People to Quit Smoking
It’s all in the packaging.
An Unusual Anti-Suicide Partnership Targeting Gun Shops Is Ramping Up
It will be a while before we have any data on its effectiveness, but this looks like a smart harm-reduction program.
Here’s a Simple Way to Reduce Drunk-Driving Deaths
Thorough is good.
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Republicans Successfully Eviscerated Gun-Violence Research
Two new graphs show just how under-studied gun violence is relative to how many people it kills every year.
More Evidence That Violence Is Contagious
Like smoking or obesity, it travels along social networks.
People Are Dying Younger Because America Keeps Failing the Bad-Break Test
In the richest country in the world, it shouldn’t be the case that one bad break can trigger a downward spiral to death.
Congress Pledges $1 Billion to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
The Line Between a Safe Driver and a Dangerous One Is a Single Hour of Sleep
A driver who’s had six hours of shut-eye has twice the risk of crashing as someone who’s had seven.
Tom Price Belongs to a Really Scary Medical Organization
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons promotes anti-vaccine hysteria, fear of immigrants, and rejection of the concept of “evidence.”
More Evidence That Drugs, Suicide, and Despair Fueled Trump’s Win
People are “literally dying.”
A New Campaign Will Address the Elderly Isolation Epidemic
New York City Should Open Facilities Where Heroin Users Can Shoot Up
It’s a smart public-health idea that has caught on in parts of Canada and Europe, but which hasn’t made much headway in the States.
Instead of Convincing People to Drink Less, Just Water Down Everyone’s Beer
A new paper argues that changing booze itself is easier than changing behavior.
Journalists Don’t Know What ‘Studies’ Are
As the coverage of a new article about alcohol and cancer shows.
It Matters If You Think Crime Is a Monster or a Disease
Metaphors frame the way you think.
How LED Streetlights Are Messing With Your Health
The American Medical Association says light pollution is a public-health hazard.
The Tuskegee Experiment Kept Killing Black People Decades After It Ended
A jarring new analysis shows how its effects lingered for decades afterward.
Health Officials’ Unlikely Partner in Preventing Gun Suicides: Gun-Shop Owners
Lessons from an intriguing study in New Hampshire.
Inside the Mind of a Dangerous Driver
New research on what drives bad decisions on the roads.
Young White Women Are Killing Themselves More Than They Used To
Life expectancy for white women declined in 2014 for the first time in recorded history. An uptick in suicides and overdoses appears to be the cause.
The Case for Ithaca’s Proposed ‘Safe’ Space for Heroin Users
This isn’t just about keeping heroin users safe — it’s about keeping cities safe. And it’s already working in Europe.
Why This Silly Cat Video Could Help Curb Youth Smoking
An ad from last week’s Grammys has all the right elements.
Charlie Sheen May Have Accidentally Saved Some Lives With His HIV Announcement
A group of researchers argue that coverage of Sheen’s diagnosis led to a historic Google spike in searches for important HIV information.
How Researchers Will Figure Out Why So Many Middle-aged White People Are Dying
It’s going to be very, very complicated.
The Death Rate for White Middle-Aged Americans Is Rising
An epidemic of drug abuse and despair is driving up the death rate among white middle-aged Americans.
The U.S. Is Still a Terrible Place for Maternal Health
And other facts from a new report on mothers and children worldwide.
On Vaccines, Some People Trust Random Internet Comments More Than the CDC
Bad news for the fight against anti-vaccine hysteria.
Teens Are Way More Into Vaping Than Smoking Regular Cigarettes
Even though vaping is safer, researchers aren’t thrilled about its relative popularity among teens.
In Airports, Security Theater Is Morphing Into Ebola Theater
Americans are asking the government to pretend to protect them from a mostly nonexistent threat, and the government is obliging. Everybody wins!
How to Prevent Ebola Panic in the Facebook Age
The promise and peril of social media as a panic-reduction tool.
The Scientific Case for Decriminalizing Sex Work
It could be the most effective way to reduce global HIV infection rates.