Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view? Or is there more to it?

Dariush Mozaffarian, Tufts UniversityThe national debate on health care is moving into a new, hopefully bipartisan phase.The fundamental underlying challenge is cost – the massive and ever-rising price of care which drives nearly all disputes, from access to benefit levels to Medicaid expansion.So far, policymakers have tried...
Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens, University of ConnecticutA new study from Harvard has found greater risk of breast cancer in women who live in neighborhoods that have higher levels of outdoor light during the night.The findings are based on the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), which has for decades been advancing...
Janelle Taylor, University of WashingtonEach year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across North America gather with friends to raise a glass and sing Robert Burns’ famous ballad, “Auld Lang Syne.” Standing at the brink of a New Year, arms around...

Sleeping in over the weekend is one of life’s great pleasures. Yet some of us are much better at it than others.

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. -- Henry David Thoreau
Clare Collins, University of NewcastleA recent headline in the Australian newspaper claimed “A short black a day can keep heart attack at bay”:American scientists have unearthed fresh evidence that coffee exerts protective effects against heart failure and stroke.According to the researchers, for every extra cup of coffee drunk...
I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.–- Friedrich Nietzsche

Sleep is an essential part of our development and wellbeing. It is important for learning and memory, emotions and behaviours, and our health more generally.

Got a hangover? Here's what's happening in your bodySteve Allsop, Curtin UniversityIt’s that time of year when we raise a glass to celebrate Christmas, the beginning of holidays, the new year, or simply to join with our friends. Many of us will pay a price, even if it’s “just”...