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Inam Rehman, manager of Jubilee Vape & Smoke Inc., vapes while discussing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo

From smoking to vaping: Why do we abuse our lungs?

E-cigarettes are taking a growing toll on health, but they are only the most recent in centuries of harm. Are lungs are made for the most essential function of life, how did humans come to abuse them?
Some people believe that putting collagen in your coffee will bring good health, but collagen in coffee does nothing good for you. Imagepocket/Shutterstock.com

Collagen in your coffee? A scientist says forget it

A protein called collagen keeps us connected by keeping our tissues together. In recent years, it's gained popularity for restoring aging skin, with some people even saying you should drink it.
Bill Maher suggests that fat-shaming may help people lose weight. Randy Miramontez/Shutterstock.com

Why Bill Maher is wrong about fat-shaming

Fat-shaming is as ineffective as it is cruel. The bullying tactic also ignores the biological factors underlying obesity, which are not always under a person's control.
President Trump prayed with two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Feb. 21, 2018 before a discussion on gun violence. On Sept. 9, 2019, he floated an idea to monitor people with mental illness. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

A plan to monitor the mentally ill? History of mental illness and stigma provides insights

To understand the panic about mass shootings and whether mental illness plays a role, it is important to look to the past. A history of stigma and fear contributes to people blaming mental illness.
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Could a toilet seat help prevent hospital readmissions?

Nearly half of patients with congestive heart failure who are hospitalized and then discharged end up back in the hospital within 90 days. Could a toilet seat help prevent this from occurring?
A man looks at a prescription drug bottle. Many Americans will chronic conditions report rationing their drugs because of cost. Burlingham/Shutterstock.com

Why a plan to lower prescription drug prices should not be piecemeal

Presidential candidates and the current president have all talked about ways to lower drug costs, but experts know it is going to take more than politics to change how drugs are priced in the US.
Employer-sponsored insurance is one of the biggest benefits for U.S. workers, but it may not be best social policy. zimmytws/Shutterstock.com

Why your employer-sponsored insurance may ultimately not be good for you

Nearly 160 million Americans get insurance through employers, but that does not mean it's good social policy. An economist explains some aspects of employer-sponsored insurance that don't work well.
Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death in the U.S. A test for long-time smokers might be able to detect lung cancer earlier, thereby saving lives. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

The test that could save the life of a long-time smoker you know

Low-dose CT scans can detect lung cancer in smokers and former smokers at an early and sometimes treatable stage. Why are so few smokers and former smokers getting them?
This file photo shows a building at the Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart hospital damaged from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla. in Oct. 11, 2018. David Goldman/AP Photo

How do hospitals know what to do when hurricanes approach?

Even in areas predicted to take direct hits from hurricanes and other storms, hospitals must do all they can to stay open. It isn't an easy task, but preparation and practice help.
Gay, bi and trans men experience unique harms from sexual abuse and often struggle to resolve their sexuality as a result. ArtOPhotos/Shutterstock.com

Sexual abuse against gay and bi men brings unique stigma and harm

Sexual abuse of gay and bisexual men often goes unreported and untreated, but the trauma remains. Two sexual abuse psychologists explain the unique harms that can occur.