The Aging Game

A Special Report by Amy Gutman, Boston-based writer, and Madeline Drexler, editor, Harvard Public Health The Gray Wave. The Silver Tsunami. The Agequake. Aging societies have been on the horizon for decades, not just in the United States but also around the world. The driving forces are well-established: falling fertility rates (by far, the most important … Continue reading “The Aging Game”

The E-Cig Quandary

[aesop_content color=”#ffffff” background=”#545454″ width=”100%” height=”150px” columns=”1″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up”] Are electronic cigarettes one of the biggest health hazards since tobacco cigarettes—or the best chance to get smokers to quit? Without the research needed to answer that question conclusively, public health officials and regulators are in a fix. Special Report by Michael Blanding, Boston-based journalist … Continue reading “The E-Cig Quandary”

Is butter really back?

Is butter really back? CLARIFYING THE FACTS ON FAT In March 2014, an article appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine that sent the food-obsessed public into gastronomic raptures. Though saddled with a drab title—“Association of Dietary, Circulating and Supplement Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk”—the article reported a seemingly stunning result: eating less saturated fat, … Continue reading “Is butter really back?”

What’s for lunch?

What’s for lunch? We asked four nutrition experts to describe an ideal meal. Here’s what they said: [aesop_image imgwidth=”20%” img=”” offset=”-200px” alt=”Tofu on a plate of mixed vegetables” align=”right” lightbox=”off” captionposition=”right”] LILIAN CHEUNG Meal: I love tofu and cut it up on a plate of mixed vegetables. I love sage, which I cut up very … Continue reading “What’s for lunch?”

Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll

Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll [aesop_image img=”” imgwidth=”100px” align=”left” offset=”-200px” captionposition=”right” lightbox=”off”] In the national debate over gun violence—a debate stoked by mass murders such as last December’s tragedy in a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school—a glaring fact gets obscured: Far more people kill themselves with a firearm each year than are murdered with one. … Continue reading “Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll”