Olga Khazan

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What If America Had Canada's Healthcare System?

It would not be a socialist paradise. At least, not entirely.

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Wealthy L.A. Schools' Vaccination Rates Are as Low as South Sudan's

Hollywood parents say not vaccinating makes "instinctive" sense. Now their kids have whooping cough.

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When You Can't Afford Sleep

Many low-income workers get just four or five hours of rest each day. Research shows their bodies might never recover.

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Charting Which Days We Feel Bad

Wednesdays are for anxiety. Suicidal thoughts peak on Sundays. Can a new trove of data help us find better ways to well-being?

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How Much Will Your College Roommate Influence Your Life?

How the slob you were paired with freshman year will affect your figure, your mental health, and your drinking habits—for years to come.

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States With Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Overdose Deaths

A new study suggests that in states where it's legal, some people use pot to manage their chronic health conditions, rather than more addictive—and deadly—prescription opioids.

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Rich People Exercise, Poor People Take Diet Pills

More sustainable weight-loss strategies are accessible to those with means, but other factors contribute to the rise of obesity in poorer communities.  

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Being Poor Makes You Sick

Some patients are being "prescribed" bicycles and groceries as doctors attempt to treat the lifestyle consequences of poverty.

Reuters

Americans Are Going to Juarez for Cheap Dental Care

Jessica Nitardy, a Mexican dentist, says the majority of her clients are Americans who can't afford treatment in the U.S.

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A 2016 Olympic Aquatic Event Site Has 195 Times the Safe Amount of Sewage in the Water

Athletes and civilians alike are worried about contracting diseases in Brazil's feces-laden bay.

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Brazil's Government Gives Money to Women Because 'They're More Reliable'

How a welfare program designed to slash poverty ended up improving women's rights.

The Most and Least Healthy Counties in the U.S.

How college education, housing, and transit affect the health status of Americans.

Kevin Johnson

Where Each City's Uninsured Live

Very few people in Boston are uninsured, but there are huge swathes of them all over Dallas.

Olga Khazan

What Brings Americans to the ER?

Each region of the U.S. has the same four most common complaints, just in a different order.

Reuters

The Complicated Relationship Between Cities and Suicide

Living in an urban area might mitigate the effects of loneliness, a new analysis suggests.

What Country Does Your State's Life Expectancy Resemble?

How California and Virginia can be as different as Liechtenstein and Brunei

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Should Food Stamps Buy Soda?

The problem with increasing health-oriented restrictions on what can be purchased.

Adrian Frith

An Amazing, Dizzying Map of All the Languages and Races in South Africa

The legacy of apartheid, in technicolor.

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The Wildly Different Traffic Lights of East and West Germany

How Berlin's iconic Ampelmännchen were born and saved from destruction.