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Public Health Within Reason

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On pausing The Healthiest Goldfish and looking ahead to the new year. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. A bit of an opening announcement: This is going to be the last regular weekly Healthiest Goldfish. When I started The Healthiest Goldfish, my aim was to write

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The next generation: The kids are (probably) alright

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In the past few years, we have witnessed a seismic generational shift. An argument for why the next generation is, in fact, (almost) all right. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show

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Sectarianism and the Public’s Health

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How do our country’s fractious regional and political identities create challenges and opportunities for health? This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that Americans who have not been vaccinated are now three times likelier to lean Republican than to lean Democrat.

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The Challenge of Slow-burning Threats

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We knew a pandemic was coming. Yet we were not prepared. How can we avoid this failure in the face of other looming issues, like climate change? This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. A few weeks ago, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known

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Public Health and Tradition

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How a progressive, forward-looking public health can learn from old ideas—from religion, philosophy, and inherited cultural knowledge—to be more effective. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. As we prepare for Thanksgiving this week, I have been reflecting on the importance of tradition, and how we

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A Populist Public Health

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Public health is naturally, and correctly, aligned with the needs of the people. How can this open the door to an effective populist public health approach? This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. Ever since roughly 2015, much has been written about populism. The catalyst for this was three political

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Reflections on The Contagion Next Time

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Since the launch of this new book, I have had a chance to connect with readers, to hear their thoughts on the ideas behind The Contagion Next Time. Some reflections on these conversations. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. In last week’s column, I introduced

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Why Write a Book About a Pandemic During a Pandemic?

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Introducing The Contagion Next Time. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. I have long been inspired by the songs and message of the musical Hamilton. There is a moment in the show when the titular character faces an hour of maximum crisis, when it seems like

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How Sunk-Cost Bias Can Obscure Our Vision of a Post-COVID World

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Part three—the final part—of a series of columns on the biases that shape our view of health. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. In science, it is customary for researchers to disclose any potential bias, as part of the process of publishing work. While this is often

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The Problem of Positional Bias

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Part two of three columns exploring the biases that obscure our vision of health. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. In last week’s Healthiest Goldfish, I discussed how our individualist bias can stop us from seeing the full picture of what matters most for health. Today, I

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