They don't come as pills, but try these 6 underprescribed lifestyle medicines for a better, longer life

Lifestyle medicine targets the root of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Experts explain why everyone should embrace these free prescriptions for good health.

Michael Parkinson, Senior Medical Director of Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan & Workpartners, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~10 min

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Understanding antibodies to avoid pandemics

Structural biologist Pamela Björkman shared insights into pandemic viruses as part of the Department of Biology’s IAP seminar series.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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How a flu virus shut down the US economy in 1872 – by infecting horses

A fast-moving equine flu cratered the US economy in the fall of 1872, showing all too clearly that horses were essential and deserved better treatment.

Ernest Freeberg, Professor of History, University of Tennessee • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~9 min

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These at-home exercises can help older people boost their immune system and overall health in the age of COVID-19

Older adults, who are at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications, can strengthen their immune systems by exercising.

Lisa Charles, Fitness/Wellness Research Coordinator for the Rutgers Aging Brain Health Alliance, Rutgers University - Newark • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Connecting to nature is good for kids – but they may need help coping with a planet in peril

Here are four ways adults can help kids work through their worries about the environment.

Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Oil field operations likely triggered earthquakes in California a few miles from the San Andreas Fault

California was thought to be an exception, a place where oil field operations and tectonic faults apparently coexisted without much problem. Not any more.

Thomas H. Goebel, Assistant Professor, University of Memphis • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Encouraging walking and cycling isn't hard – here are three tried and tested methods

Active travel has become attractive to a degree not seen for decades. Policy needs to follow.

Adrian Davis, Professor of Transport and Health, Edinburgh Napier University • conversation
Nov. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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How the youth climate movement is influencing the green recovery from COVID-19

Activists can broaden the purview of green recovery plans and highlight issues of climate justice.

Jens Marquardt, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Social Science, Stockholm University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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Sleep test may help diagnose and predict dementia in older adults

A noninvasive sleep test may help diagnose and predict dementia in older adults by measuring brain activity.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 28, 2020 ~3 min

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Extinction Rebellion: why disavowing politics is a dead end for climate action

Extinction Rebellion's 'apolitical' stance deprives it of allies, and leaves the movement vulnerable to co-option.

Heather Alberro, Associate Lecturer in Political Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~6 min

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