Tag: Health

Is Back Pain the Next Epidemic?

Is Back Pain the Next Epidemic?

Yes, the last two years have been stressful. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made us more relaxed in some ways. Executives attend meetings in their boxer shorts. Work-from-home loungewear popped up in clothing stores in 2020. Instagram accounts runneth over with memes parodying working from home —...

Since the Start of the Pandemic, Americans Are Drinking Too Much

Since the Start of the Pandemic, Americans Are Drinking Too Much

Over the last two years, the United States witnessed a steep increase in alcohol use among adults. According to research from the Journal of the American Medical Association, those aged 30 and over experienced a 14% increase, with women seeing the steepest rise in heavy drinking — a whopping 41%...

Health Care in America Is the Best in the World

Health Care in America Is the Best in the World

There is an aphorism that all budding entrepreneurs and grizzled veterans alike come to intimately understand: the market never lies. Americans have among the lowest life expectancy of high-income countries — 77.3 years versus Switzerland, for example, at 83.2 years. The adult chronic disease...

Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve US Health Care

Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve US Health Care

Health in the US is a tale of two starkly different realities. The better-off and well-connected are not only in a stronger position to receive care when they need it, but they also start off with advantages that have a tremendous effect on health — in housing, employment, stress levels, food...

Is Music Damaging Your Hearing?

Is Music Damaging Your Hearing?

One in seven people is at risk of hearing impairment. What do you think is one of the greatest risks facing 1 billion teenagers and young adults in the world today? An uncertain future or bleak employment prospects? The answer might surprise you. Thanks to the proliferation of personal music...

What is the Risk of Transmitting HIV?

What is the Risk of Transmitting HIV?

There are new effective strategies to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Charlie Sheen’s recent announcement that he has HIV has raised concerns about whether he may have transmitted the infection to other people. While we obviously don’t know his specific medical details (and really,...

How Women Are Bearing the Brunt of the Ebola Epidemic

How Women Are Bearing the Brunt of the Ebola Epidemic

Three-quarters of Ebola victims are women, with caretakers especially at risk. The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record is sweeping West Africa, with over 3,400 lives claimed already. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 20,000 additional cases will be reported by November. And women...

Recycling Soap: When Small Ideas Heal the World

Recycling Soap: When Small Ideas Heal the World

Poor hygiene is an all too common cause for disease and death, but simple measures could curb the problem. A common scenario: It’s an early African morning and, as the sun pierces through the perforated wooden windows of her bedroom, Nyambok lets out a yelp from a jaw-dropping stomach ache....

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