What the US health care system assumes about you | Mitchell Katz

A few years ago, I was taking care of a woman who was a victim of violence. I wanted her to be seen in a clinic that specialized in trauma survivors. I made the appointment myself because, being the director of the department, I knew if I did it, she would get an appointment right […]

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How racism makes us sick | David R. Williams

How racism makes us sick | David R. Williams

An article in the Yale Alumni Magazine told the story of Clyde Murphy, a black man who was a member of the Class of 1970. Clyde was a success story. After Yale and a law degree from Columbia, Clyde spent the next 30 years as one of America’s top civil rights lawyers. He was also […]

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Religions and babies | Hans Rosling

Religions and babies | Hans Rosling

Translator: Timothy Covell Reviewer: Morton Bast I’m going to talk about religion. But it’s a broad and very delicate subject, so I have to limit myself. And therefore I will limit myself to only talk about the links between religion and sexuality. (Laughter) This is a very serious talk. So I will talk of what […]

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How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace | Janet Stovall

How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace | Janet Stovall

Everybody has that one friend — you know, the single-minded one, the one who, no matter what the question is, always finds a way to make the answer whatever it is she’s single-minded about. I’m that friend. (Laughter) And the thing that I’m single-minded about is racism. If someone were to ask me, “So, Janet, […]

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How to practice emotional first aid | Guy Winch

How to practice emotional first aid | Guy Winch

I grew up with my identical twin, who was an incredibly loving brother. Now, one thing about being a twin is, it makes you an expert at spotting favoritism. If his cookie was even slightly bigger than my cookie, I had questions. And clearly, I wasn’t starving. (Laughter) When I became a psychologist, I began […]

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What It’s Like To Live With Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

What It’s Like To Live With Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

[Music] when someone hears the phrase multiple personalities it likely stirs up images from the 1976 movie civil or perhaps the opposing characters of Jekyll and Hyde popular culture would have you believe that people with multiple personalities are dangerous and few and far between however an estimated 150 million people experience dissociative disorders what […]

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A beginner’s guide to quantum computing | Shohini Ghose

A beginner’s guide to quantum computing | Shohini Ghose

Let’s play a game. Imagine that you are in Las Vegas, in a casino, and you decide to play a game on one of the casino’s computers, just like you might play solitaire or chess. The computer can make moves in the game, just like a human player. This is a coin game. It starts […]

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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

In the mid-’90s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente discovered an exposure that dramatically increased the risk for seven out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the United States. In high doses, it affects brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA is read and transcribed. Folks who […]

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How we can improve maternal healthcare — before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell

How we can improve maternal healthcare — before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell

It was chaos as I got off the elevator. I was coming back on duty as a resident physician to cover the labor and delivery unit. And all I could see was a swarm of doctors and nurses hovering over a patient in the labor room. They were all desperately trying to save a woman’s […]

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What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

So, a little while ago, members of my family had three bits of minor surgery, about a half hour each, and we got three sets of bills. For the first one, the anesthesia bill alone was 2,000 dollars; the second one, 2,000 dollars; the third one, 6,000 dollars. So I’m a journalist. I’m like, what’s […]

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