How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food Children’s squeals rang through the muggy morning air as a woman pushed a gleaming white cart along pitted, trash-strewn streets. She was making deliveries to some of the poorest households in … Continue reading Irresistible foods, fatty diets
Google Sets Limits on Addiction Treatment Ads, Citing Safety As drug addiction soars in the United States, a booming business of rehab centers has sprung up to treat the problem. And when drug addicts and their families search for help, … Continue reading Googling drug rehab
How Aging Research Is Changing Our Lives Biologist Eric Verdin considers aging a disease. His research group famously discovered several enzymes, including sirtuins, that play an important role in how our mitochondria—the powerhouses of our cells—age. His studies in mice … Continue reading What drives aging?
Most People Identify as Huggers, Rarely Hug “I think that—and I should be careful about how I say this, but—I do think using Facebook sometimes feels like using heroin,” Vivek Murthy, the recent-past U.S. Surgeon General, said yesterday. The comment … Continue reading Can loneliness cause addiction?
Israelis favor gentle government ‘nudges,’ study says Israelis of all walks of life tend to support gentle prompts from government and businesses that encourage positive behavior, according to a recent survey. The method of influence is known as “nudging,” and … Continue reading Supporting nudge
Americans’ Bizarre Relationship With the Color of Their Food There are many parts of the world where, for much of human history, food was likely a dull visual affair. Take Tuscany, the culinarily renowned region of Italy that the writer … Continue reading Visionary food
Taxes on Unhealthy Food Are Ineffective and Hurt the Poor Over the past decade or so, paternalistic objections to fat, sugar, and salt have gained traction among policymakers, mostly at the state and local levels of government. Predictably, new taxes … Continue reading Regressive taxes on poor people