James Hamblin

James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

Red Bull Is Just Soda

After a class-action settlement over false advertising, everyone gets $10.

Buy Experiences, Not Things

Live in anticipation, gathering stories and memories. New research builds on the vogue mantra of behavioral economics.

Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance.

There Is No “Alternative Medicine”

A controversial treatment designed to remove environmental metals from the body might be effective in treating heart disease. Will one renegade doctor persuade the rest of the medical establishment to consider it?

Living Simply in a Dumpster

One professor left his home for a 36-square-foot open-air box, and he is happier for it. How much does a person really need?

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.