Health & Society


Addictions: ‘Crack’-ing Open The Myths

Half of all Americans have a friend or family member who is struggling with addiction.  In the United States, it […]

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Drugs and Us

We live in a world surrounded by drugs: pharmaceuticals that treat our serious illnesses; over-the-counter remedies for our minor ailments; […]

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Beginning of Life

From Fallopian Tube to Test Tube to NICU. Even before conception, a potential human life takes shape—in the hopeful parents’ […]

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Local Food and Human Diets

Our species evolved in the context of foraging for local food as hunters and gatherers. Today, eating local carries different […]

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How We Die

Until recent decades among the most taboo areas of discussion, issues about how we die are moving into center stage among the […]

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Opening the Mind’s Eye

A growing body of neuroscientific research confirms that contemplative practices such as meditation and traditional yoga have measurably positive effects […]

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Gender, Health & Human Rights: More Than a Woman’s Issue?

We will  grapple with some of the following questions: What defines ‘human rights’ and ‘health’? Do, and should, these definitions vary across place […]

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Redefining Health and Wellness

Too many times, ‘being healthy’ is perceived as restrictive and boring rather than a positive set of behaviors that enhance […]

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Creativity on Center Stage

New Collaborations in the Classroom and Community. Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge” and “If you […]

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Alzheimer’s and Aging

This Think Tank is designed to link our current scientific understanding of Alzheimer’s disease with social and public policy issues […]

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