Olga Khazan

Olga Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers health.

When You Can't Afford Sleep

Many low-income workers get just four or five hours of rest each day. Research shows their bodies might never recover.

The Upside of Pessimism

The theory of defensive pessimism suggests that imagining—and planning for—worst-case scenarios can be more effective than trying to think positively.

Why They Stayed

For Janay Rice and other abuse victims, the obstacles to leaving are more complicated than many people think.

A Rare Virus Plagues Back-to-School Season

Hospitals around the country are reporting record hospitalizations for enterovirus 68, a respiratory disease, as kids head back to packed and germy classrooms.

The Origin of the 'Freshman 15' Myth

Most young adults gain only about three pounds during their first year, about the same as those who don't attend college. So why is there such a strong misconception to the contrary?

Our Roommates, Ourselves

How the slob you were paired with freshman year will influence your figure, your mental health, and other casualties of college

The End of Tanning?

In the wake of research showing strong connections between indoor tanning and melanoma, the sunbed industry is battered and contracting. But the allure of artificially bronzed skin might be dwindling in general.

Rich People Exercise, Poor People Take Diet Pills

One reason the underprivileged face an obesity crisis is that they rely on ineffective weight-loss strategies. In part, this is because economic uncertainty makes it harder to plan for workouts and healthy meals.