Julie Beck

Julie Beck is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Health Channel.

For the Love of Stuff

Though many turn up their noses at materialism, being attached to possessions isn't all bad. Objects can be bridges to other people, places, and times, and create meaning and comfort for their owners.

Gay Men Could Soon Donate Blood

The FDA is considering revising its ban on donations from men who have sex with men—a policy intended to prevent HIV transmission that many say is not supported by science.

The Sooner, the Better for HIV Treatment

A new study shows that starting antiretroviral drugs within a year of detecting the virus decreases patients' chances of developing AIDS. But many people who are infected don't know it yet.

How Canned Baby Food Became King

American parents don't feed their children wheat gruel and beef broth anymore—food historian Amy Bentley traces the history and science of mass-produced mashed peas.

Faking It

When to be yourself, and when not to be

The Brain Makes Its Own Ghosts

In a new study, researchers were able to induce people to feel a presence behind them using a robot, which has implications for understanding schizophrenia and consciousness itself.