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‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice
Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?” “Almost all of them ...

A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution
It’s fairly well-known that a bad diet, a lack of exercise, and genetics can all contribute to type 2 diabetes. But a new global study points to an ...

The 3 Reasons the U.S. Health-Care System Is the Worst
According to the Commonwealth Fund, which regularly ranks the health systems of a handful of developed countries, the best countries for health care are the United Kingdom, the ...

Separating Kids From Their Families Can Permanently Damage Their Brains
President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order intended to end the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, reversing his own administration’s policy after ...

Poor Americans Really Are in Despair
The decline in life expectancy and health among less-educated white Americans is often attributed to “deaths of despair”—those from conditions like substance abuse and suicide. (Suicides, the CDC ...

What to Eat in the Texas Suburbs
In my daily life as an East Coast journalist, pretty much all I eat is lentils, salad, and lentil salads. The thing is, I recently returned to my ...

Racial Resentment Can Motivate Opposition to Welfare
It’s a pretty well-known trope at this point: People who rely on government assistance programs are often the ones who oppose welfare most vociferously. Aside from the infamous ...

‘More Than a Gag Rule’
Late last month, the Trump administration proposed a new rule that could prohibit doctors who receive a type of federal funding called Title X from explicitly referring their ...

Another Shocking Opioid Statistic
Despite everything I read as a health reporter, some statistics still floor me. Last year, it was the news that half of all murdered women are killed by ...

Ambien Doesn’t Cause Racism
Taking a page, perhaps, from Jamie Foxx and T-Pain, Roseanne Barr blamed it on the a-a-a-a-Ambien. On Tuesday, the controversial TV star tweeted, regarding the Obama aide Valerie ...