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“How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health” The New York Times, February 25, 2018
Your digital footprint — how often you post on social media or how frequently you check your phone late at night — could hold clues to your physical and mental health. And this is the theory behind an emerging field, digital phenotyping, that is trying to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices.

“Running to the Grave” (What Is “Successful Aging”?)Harper’s Magazine, March 10, 2018
Renowned author and cellular immunologist, Barbara Ehrenreich, analyzes what really constitutes “successful aging.” This is an excerpt from her book, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, that should cause much discussion when it’s released on April 10.

“How Much Money Do People Need to Be Happy?”Quartz, February 24, 2018
As we learn more about the diseases that affect us, we also get better at controlling them. But will we ever manage to overcome the most inevitable of afflictions – old age?

“Yes, Bacon Really Is Killing Us”The Guardian, March 1, 2018
Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do indeed cause cancer. 

“Loneliness Is Bad for your Health” The Conversation, February 26, 2018
A psychiatrist explains why ill-defined symptoms without any clear cause might well be the result of social isolation and boredom. Research shows that people who feel lonely have more health problems, feel worse and perhaps die at an earlier age.

 

A Striking Stat:

People touch their phone, on average, an astounding 2,617 times each day.

Source: dscout study 2016

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