Issue: Health

“This Has To Become a National Priority.”

— Play, nutrition and overall investment in our kids is critical. First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledges that there will be a price tag for keeping children active. She says “We should figure out how much that costs and then pay for it. Period.” Read more

Empty Promises and Children Left Behind

— Children worldwide face a lethal combination of inequality, injustice, and gender discrimination. They deserve better. The promise to eliminate preventable child deaths by 2030 is our chance to ensure they get it. Read more

After King v. Burwell: Obamacare Grows Up

— On the day following the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the Affordable Care Act, Washington policy elites who had a hand in the law’s contentious creation and aftermath meet to discuss the impact of the ruling, the regrets they have and where America goes next with health care. Read more

Dental Therapists Can Close the Oral Health Gap for Native Youth

— A program successful in Alaska — and around the world — at delivering dental care to remote populations could head off the most dangerous health impacts of untended teeth. But Alaska's success hasn't convinced opponents of the program to step back.    Read more

How Lessons from the Past Can Help Us Beat Ebola

by Ruth Katz
— While the CDC director said Ebola could be the world's next AIDS, leadership and swift action can beat this outbreak, provided we're able to learn from the mistakes of the past. The missing ingredients are human compassion and improving the systems that will stop this outbreak and keep future outbreaks from happening. Read more

The “Teen Mom” Effect

by Phil Schneider
— Social media and search traffic data shows that reality shows about teen motherhood trigger conversations about birth control and may have helped cause a plunge in the teen birthrate. Read more

The Moral Molecule

by Paul J. Zak
— Science rarely comes into play when people discuss moral behaviors like kindness and generosity. But through an increasingly revealing range of experiments, over more than a decade, scientist and author Paul J. Zak has built a complex understanding of the relationship between a neurochemical called oxytocin and human morality. Read more