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Food Deserts?  What Food Deserts?

Food Deserts? What Food Deserts?

The New York Times reports on two new studies that call into question the importance of so-called “food deserts” in the US: It has become an article of faith among some policy makers and advocates, including Michelle Obama, that poor urban neighborhoods are food deserts, bereft of fresh fruits and vegetables. But two new studies […]

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Another Take on Brain Chemistry

Another Take on Brain Chemistry

We started the week off with an unusual post about how big pharma companies may be using drugs to harm people.  We close the week with an equally weird post:  Time magazine reports that researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that, used under proper supervision, psilocybin (the “magic mushroom” drug) does not appear to have […]

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Markets and the Mental Illness Epidemic

Markets and the Mental Illness Epidemic

This isn’t really on topic for our blog, but a recent article in the New York Review of Books by Harvard Medical School faculty member Marcia Angell raises some serious questions about how the pharmaceutical industry goes about its business. As you may know, the reported incidence of mental illness has skyrocketed in the US […]

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