James Hamblin

James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The AtlanticHe is the host of If Our Bodies Could Talk.
 
 

Always Make Promises

Living up to a social contract is inordinately valuable, and there's no pressure to exceed it.

Always Talk to Strangers

People who know and trust their neighbors are less likely to have heart attacks. New research builds on the understated health benefits of a sense of belonging and community.

The Song of Ferguson

J. Cole's tribute to Michael Brown implores, "All we wanna do is be free."

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs?

People in dense cities are thinner and have healthier hearts than people in sprawling subdivisions. New research says the secret is in the patterns of the streets.

The Question Doctors Can't Ask

Is there a gun in your home? If so, is it secure? A Florida law now prevents physicians from discussing firearm safety with patients.

The Health Benefits of Trees

They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—not to mention their psychological effects. New research says the closer you can live to trees, the better off you are.

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Cancer Vaccine Exists, Goes Unused

The HPV vaccine could prevent thousands of people every year from getting cancer. But a new CDC report says most children still do not receive it.

The Creativity Pill

People taking dopamine for Parkinson's disease sometimes begin to generate a lot of artwork. New research differentiates their expressiveness from obsessive or impulsive tendencies.