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Where to Buy a Safe Couch

Flame retardants are potentially harmful to human health. Here’s where to find couches that don’t contain them.

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How Modern Furniture Endangers Firefighters

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.

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How Walking in Nature Prevents Depression

A study finds that wild environments boost well-being by reducing obsessive, negative thoughts.

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Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter

A new study finds that vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention.

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The Tiny House Powered Only by Wind and Sun

At last, a micro-cottage for people who don’t want to figure out electrical wiring and plumbing.

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Like Yelp, but for Autism-Friendly Businesses

A father hopes to create an app that will help parents find restaurants and parks that are suitable for autistic children.

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Why Don't Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

New programs aim to put more produce in corner stores in order to improve the health of low-income communities. Will it work?

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The Unexpected U.S. Capital of Unintended Pregnancy

In Delaware, a surprisingly high number of women get pregnant by accident. Here's what it can teach the rest of the nation.

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Should We All Be Eating Reindeer Meat?

A British supermarket is under fire for selling reindeer steaks. Is this "sick novelty for profit," or an eco-smart protein option?


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.