July 2013

Status and health in the NYT: nuances, caveats and complexities

I have an essay in the NYT Sunday Review on socioeconomic class, stress, and health. The gist: the lower one ranks in society, the more stressed, and the worse one’s health. Many see the yawning divide between the haves and have-nots as a public health issue, and even as an economic problem. (How better to save money on healthcare costs than to prevent disease in the first place?) Nothing about microbes in this
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Status and Stress

Although professionals may bemoan their long work hours and high-pressure careers, really, there’s stress, and then there’s Stress with a capital “S.” The former can be considered a manageable if unpleasant part of life; in the right amount, it may even strengthen one’s mettle. The latter kills. What’s the difference? Scientists have settled on an oddly subjective explanation: the more helpless one feels when facing
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Sources for NYT essay on status, stress and health

I have a piece in the NYT Sunday Review on class, stress, health and the persistent effects of early-life stress and / or poverty on health and cognition. I’m throwing up a few references for people eager to know more. More info on nuances etc here.   GENERAL STUFF Last year PNAS had an entire issue dedicated to this question of status and health entitled “Biological Embedding of Early Social Adversi
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WGBH’s Innovation Hub with Michael Pollan

Interesting discussion on food and germs (the microbiome) with food writer Michael Pollan and Innovation Hub host Kara Miller.
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