James Hamblin

James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic.

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.

Meats: A Health Hierarchy

The biggest reason to eat chicken instead of beef has nothing to do with saturated fat.

Healthcare, Meet Capitalism

If transparent competition can drive the reinvention of U.S. healthcare, some creative thinkers stand to become unabashedly wealthy—and improve the quality of care in the process.

Why We Can't Talk About Gun Control

When one writer suggested that guns can be regulated without anyone's rights being infringed, he lost his job. Dick Metcalf told his story this morning to a skeptical crowd.

Art Is Vital

The best education enables artistic voice and creative habits of mind.

Senators to Dr. Oz: Stop Promising Weight-Loss Miracles

A Senate subcommittee told Dr. Mehmet Oz to quit making unfounded claims about "miracle" dietary supplements—because he is feeding a sordid, under-regulated industry and a misguided culture of shortcuts. 

Broccoli Loves Us

New cancer-prevention research says that consuming broccoli sprouts makes people excrete benzene in their urine, mitigating effects of breathing polluted air. 

Forget Calories

Counting calories is misguided. The focus belongs on real food.

Let's Talk About Female Orgasms

It doesn't have to be awkward. James Hamblin and Dr. Lauren Streicher, author of Love Sex Again, discuss how to bring up sexual issues with your doctor, partner, and friends.

Being Happy With Sugar

Popular media are full of claims that sugar is toxic. And there’s intense disagreement about recommendations to replace table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup with “natural” sweeteners like agave nectar or fruit juice.
What to make of it all?