James Hamblin

James Hamblin

James Hamblin, M.D., is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is also a lecturer at Yale School of Public Health and author of the forthcoming book Clean.

A white foam of chemical pollution blankets New Delhi's Yamuna river.

What One Suffocating City Means for the World

News images from New Delhi seem cut from an apocalyptic outbreak film.

What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids?

The psychological effects of realistic simulations could be dangerous.

People are pictured hiking a mountain.

A Lazy Person's Guide to Happiness

Finding the right place to live can make all the difference. For starters, find a medium-sized city, near water, with leaders who emphasize quality of life.

Google Maps' Failed Attempt to Encourage Active Commutes

Not everyone wants to be reminded of calories when trying to get directions.

A man stands in an empty room full of mold, shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow

After Waters Recede, Health Consequences Loom

The aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey is likely to include health issues that unfold for years.

The Cost of Lead Poisoning in Flint Now Estimated at $458 Million

A case for investing in human health rather than paying for the consequences of inaction.

Cold, Dark, and Happy: Lessons From Alaska, the New Leader in Well-Being

Years of state rankings paint a picture of the ideal healthiest place to live.

If You Have Allergies, Talk to Your Doctor About Cap and Trade

The cost of limiting carbon emissions would pay for itself in human health benefits.

Why You Should Get to Know Your Neighbors

You'll be less likely to die of a heart attack, for starters.

In the World of Food Trends, Nothing Stays Popular Forever

Vodka-mayonnaise cocktails, anyone?

The Suburbs Are in Fact Associated With Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

Norman Garrick and Wesley Marshall have found that people in dense cities are thinner and generally healthier than people in sprawling subdivisions.

How Trees Actually Improve Your Quality of Life

They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—and they can even help with your attitude. 

The Electricity-Generating Bicycle Desk That Would Power the World

It's being used to power laptops, grind grain for beer, and churn butter.

An Image of Everyone on Facebook

At our best, we are dots.

Drowning's Racial History

Drowning is the number-two cause of death in children, and the racial disparities in those numbers are important to consider in improving safety.

A Mapped History of Train Travel in the United States

On the 209th birthday of the first steam engine trip, how the Civil War impeded, then accelerated, the progress of America's trains.

Cigarettes Are (Good) for the Birds

Seriously. According to a new study, the filters keep parasites out of nests.