Olga Khazan

Olga Khazan

Olga Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic.

A sign warns residents of water restrictions in Cape Town, South Africa, in October.

Cape Town Residents Adjust to a Water Diet

From showering in buckets to special pee spray, here’s how they’re coping with water restrictions.

Food Swamps Are the New Food Deserts

It’s not just a lack of grocery stores that’s making us fat. It’s an overabundance of fast food.

Are Safe-Injection Sites a Solution for Addicts Who Just Can't Quit?

Seattle is poised to become the first U.S. city to allow nurse-supervised heroin use. But the pushback has been relentless.

A young black boy stands on a sidewalk

The Awful Legacy of Lead

Exposure to the toxin leads to higher risk of miscarriages, new research finds, in addition to other long-lasting effects.

Tomatoes, scallions, asparagus, and other vegetables spread out on a table

For Peak Happiness, Spend Money to Save Time

A study suggests time-saving services like meal delivery and housekeepers boost life satisfaction—for the purchaser, of course.

A man climbs on a garbage dump in a wooded area

How Unemployment Feeds the Opioid Epidemic

Several studies suggest the drug crisis might be at least partly the result of widespread joblessness.

Hundreds of people line up in the early morning to attend a free clinic in Smyth County, Virginia, in 2016.

The Dramatic Health Disparities Between Rich and Poor Americans

When it comes to unequal health outcomes, the U.S. is outranked only by Portugal and Chile, a new study finds.

An old sign is seen in Booneville, Owsley County, Kentucky, in 2012

Where Life Expectancy Is Dipping Across America

In 13 counties, residents can expect to die younger than their parents.

An image of a discarded syringe

How Unemployment Fuels America's Opioid Crisis

A new study backs up the notion that overdose deaths are “deaths of despair,” brought on by joblessness, hopelessness, and both physical and emotional pain.

How to Break the Dangerous Cycle of Loneliness

Social isolation kills, and in the process it makes it harder to reach out to others. A psychologist explains how to stop the feedback loop.

The Geography of Medical Debt

The prevalence of unpaid medical bills varies widely by state, but it affects the South disproportionately.

Why Are So Many Americans Dying Young?

A new pair of studies show why—and where—American life expectancy has grown worse in a generation.

Rio Is Building Igloos of Poop to Fix the Sewage Problem

As the government breaks its pledge to clean waterways, one community shows how it can be done.

How Noise Pollution Hurts Kids

Studies suggest learning is harder in loud environments, and poor kids may suffer disproportionately.

The Stigma of Running an Abortion Clinic in a Conservative Town

The Supreme Court struck down a law that would close many Texas clinics. But in conservative areas, staying open is just the start.

It's Hard to Get Therapy Unless You're White

Even for those with insurance, getting mental healthcare means fighting through phone tag, payment confusion, and even outright discrimination.

Is It Okay to Cry at Work?

Turns out, the answer’s steeped in outdated gender norms. And that’s unfair.

The Connection Between Racial Segregation and Illness

Housing discrimination causes stress and shortens lifespans.

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.

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.

How Walking in Nature Prevents Depression

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