Victims of childhood sexual abuse are far more likely to become obese adults. New research shows that early trauma is so damaging that it can disrupt a person’s entire psychology and metabolism.
A new study finds that people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter.
If you are just joining me here on the World Wide Web, you might have missed the emotions-and-interruptions-fest that was…
An engineer offers a way to convince your insurance company you’re exercising when you’re really just sitting around.
The U.S. is unique among Western countries in that it doesn’t regulate drug prices. One nurse tells the story of what it’s like to watch patients get sicker when they can’t afford a pricey treatment.
For a rich country, the U.S. has an unusually high child-poverty rate—and spends unusually little on children and families.
There’s a popular misconception that autistic people are either anti-social tech geniuses or Rain Man-like savants. But research is increasingly showing that even “low-functioning” autistic people might be smarter than neurotypical people in certain ways.
These days I’m keeping an eye on Brazilian news because I’m looking ahead to my reporting trip to Brazil next…
A new app gives college students the option to only report a sexual assault if someone else is raped by the same person.
A new study shows that people everywhere navigate potential misunderstandings in roughly the same three ways.
First responders get cancer at higher rates, but in some states, they battle for benefits and struggle to prove that their illnesses were work-related.
The creator of this coffee maker—sorry, “fully integrated pour over brew system”—pitched me yesterday. It’s a machine that grinds and…
Flame retardants are potentially harmful. Here’s where to find couches that don’t contain them.
Yesterday, I wrote about the increasingly strong association between firefighting and cancer. Researchers believe the cancer rates are driven by…
Consumer goods are increasingly made of synthetic materials and coatings. The carcinogens they give off when they burn could be driving high cancer rates among first responders.
A profanity-filled new self-help book argues that life is kind of terrible, so you should value your actions over your emotions.
Heather Armstrong’s Dooce once drew millions of readers. Her blog’s semi-retirement speaks to the challenges of earning money as an individual blogger today.
Some people see threats even when none are present. Strangely, it can make them more creative.
Last night on YouTube I saw my first ad for Mixify, the newish initiative by Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and…
Learning to program involves a lot of Googling, logic, and trial-and-error—but almost nothing beyond fourth-grade arithmetic.
A brain-imaging study suggests the hormone might play a role in differences in how men and women speak.