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WGBH host Callie Crossley leads a panel on mental health in discussion at Harvard.

Mental health as a diversity issue

Harvard panelists say disorders are increasingly common, and it’s time to swap stigma for solutions in the nation’s workplaces

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Brian O'Shea

What fuels prejudice?

Study rebuts theory that increased contact boosts racial tensions, suggests fear of exposure to disease as possible cause

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Hospital beds

Treating runaway health costs

Study finds that a long-term trial of a capped-payment system encouraged preventative care and discouraged unnecessary spending

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Cassandra Extavour in her office

Debunking old hypotheses

Creation of big data tool leads to new ideas on form and function of insect eggs

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Professor looks over the shoulder of grad student working in the lab

Gut microbes eat our medication

How one species of bacteria consumes the primary treatment for Parkinson’s disease could reveal more about how the microbiome impacts our health

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Meats on a charcuterie board

Put down those cold cuts

Increasing red meat consumption, especially of processed meats, is linked with a higher risk of premature death

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Compared with vitamins, dietary supplements for weight loss, muscle building, and energy were associated with nearly three times the risk of severe medical events in children and young adults.

A warning for youth

Some dietary supplements are linked to severe health events in children, young adults

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