Health and Wellness

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will not ban the use of a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, which is used on fruit, nuts, soybeans, broccoli, cauliflower, and other…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

There are computer hackers, life hackers, and now wealthy health nuts are becoming bio hackers.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Health and Human Services Department has told clinics like Planned Parenthood that if they want to keep receiving federal funds, they can’t refer their patients for abortions.

The future of Planned Parenthood with no federal funding

The Health and Human Services Department has told clinics like Planned Parenthood that if they want to keep receiving federal funds, they can’t refer their patients for abortions.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Know how much a medical service costs could be important in making medical decisions.  But, new regulations that require this information be provided to the public have created…

Hospital Price Transparency

Know how much a medical service costs could be important in making medical decisions.  But, new regulations that require this information be provided to the public have created…

from Second Opinion

Obamacare appeared to be doomed at a key court hearing on Tuesday.  A three-judge panel heard an appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down the law.

Legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act

Obamacare appeared to be doomed at a key court hearing on Tuesday.  A three-judge panel heard an appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down the law.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

When sick and needing surgery do patients want to make decisions themselves or have an expert make the decision?

Shared Decision Making

When sick and needing surgery do patients want to make decisions themselves or have an expert make the decision?

from Second Opinion

According to the facial feedback hypothesis, the simple act of putting a smile on your face can boost your mood. But recent research shows pasting on a grin can have mixed results.

The science of smiles, real and fake

According to the facial feedback hypothesis, the simple act of putting a smile on your face can boost your mood. But recent research shows pasting on a grin can have mixed results.

from NPR

Improved work-life balance is an important goal, but do workplace wellness programs help us live healthier more balanced lives?

Workplace Wellness Programs

Improved work-life balance is an important goal, but do workplace wellness programs help us live healthier more balanced lives?

from Second Opinion

Your phone already knows a lot about you: what you eat, where you go, and who you hang out with. Now add: your mental wellbeing.

California health officials team up with Silicon Valley to create apps that track your mental health

Your phone already knows a lot about you: what you eat, where you go, and who you hang out with. Now add: your mental wellbeing.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Two of the earliest states to legalize recreational marijuana are seeing problems, such as increased ER visits and psychotic episodes among teenagers.

Weed is stronger now than ever, and could be damaging teenage brains

Two of the earliest states to legalize recreational marijuana are seeing problems, such as increased ER visits and psychotic episodes among teenagers.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Leslie Morgan has been through two harrowing marriages.   
  At age 23, she married a Wall Street trader named Conor, who started physically abusing her five days before their…

'Joyfully single:' How a 49-year-old divorcee regained her confidence thanks to 5 lovers

Leslie Morgan has been through two harrowing marriages.  At age 23, she married a Wall Street trader named Conor, who started physically abusing her five days before their…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Long grueling work hours and pharmaceutical gifts are still part of medical training.

A new batch of interns and residents, but some things haven’t changed

Long grueling work hours and pharmaceutical gifts are still part of medical training.

from Second Opinion

In the U.S., more than 30 million people have diabetes. That comes out to nearly one out of every 10 Americans.

Why it now costs far more for insulin

In the U.S., more than 30 million people have diabetes. That comes out to nearly one out of every 10 Americans.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in attempts to curb kids from using them.

San Francisco wants to ban e-cigarettes, Juul fights back

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in attempts to curb kids from using them.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California Governor Gavin Newsom says he will support a bill that tightens vaccine requirements for school children.

The deep pockets behind the anti-vax movement

California Governor Gavin Newsom says he will support a bill that tightens vaccine requirements for school children.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Drug overdoses and suicide rates are rising across the country.

Suicide and drug overdoses are leading causes of death for new moms, new study finds

Drug overdoses and suicide rates are rising across the country.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Medical decisions are complex and we often rely on our values and preferences rather than exclusively on the science.

When making medical decisions we often act irrationally

Medical decisions are complex and we often rely on our values and preferences rather than exclusively on the science.

from Second Opinion

For many people experiencing homelessness, access to a bathroom is a persistent problem.

Bathrooms for the homeless would cost more than $330,000 each, so how will LA pay?

For many people experiencing homelessness, access to a bathroom is a persistent problem.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

We talk about season three of The Handmaid’s Tale, the TV series based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel.

Coming out as trans in a review of The Handmaid’s Tale

We talk about season three of The Handmaid’s Tale, the TV series based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

By messing with the largest and one of the highest functioning health care systems in the nation we are putting our vet’s health at risk.

Is something wrong with the VA?

By messing with the largest and one of the highest functioning health care systems in the nation we are putting our vet’s health at risk.

from Second Opinion