Doctors Are Soothing Pain with Virtual Reality Worlds
Some patients are undergoing difficult procedures while surrounded by fluffy bouncing bears and winter wonderlands.
The Fridge the Vaccines Have Been Waiting For
Ice-chilled, powered by the sun and cold for weeks without electricity, the future of refrigeration is here — and just in time.
From 30 Million Cases to Zero
After a 70-year effort China has eradicated malaria. Could other countries replicate their success?
In India, Hospitals Are Turning Relatives into Expert Caregivers
A nonprofit is making sure that when patients get discharged, those caring for them know what they’re doing.
“Menstruation Vacations” Are Adapting Work for Women’s Health
“I call it a ‘do-what-you-can day’ — stay at home, take it easy, cancel all your appointments, or come in and work as usual.”
Notifications Off! The Distraction-Free Benefits of Five-Hour Work Days
By minimizing wasted time, companies are increasing productivity — and workers are going home before lunch.
Recovered Covid Patients Send Their Leftover Meds to Those in Need
In India, an elegantly simple system ensures pills don’t get flushed when others can use them.
No Smoking — Ever? New Zealand’s Plan to Stub Out Cigarettes
In an era of decriminalization, a proposal to phase in a total ban has some harm-reduction advocates scratching their heads.
Britain Is Pioneering the Menopause-Friendly Workplace
The rarely discussed condition that forces women to scale back their careers is finally getting the equity treatment.
How a Tent City Controversy Became a Community’s Epiphany
When an affluent California city erected temporary shelters in a public parking lot, angry residents revolted — and then they got involved.
Government ‘Ministries of Loneliness’ Bridge the Gaps of Social Distance
Where isolation is an official policy, alleviating it is becoming one, too.
Portland’s ‘Hygiene Hub’ Goes Way Beyond Free Showers
A full-service facility run by the people who need it offers hot water, laundry, medical care — and legitimization.
4 Clever Ways We’re Getting More Shots into Arms
From veterinarian vaccinators to pop-up sites at mosques, here are some of the methods making the vaccine campaign more effective and equitable.
Cops and Hippies
Not every call to the police requires an armed response. Now, a more compassionate alternative is catching on.
Black Churches Are Preaching Mental Health Care
Facing racial violence and Covid-19, some congregations are putting their faith in psychology.
More States Say of Roadkill: Why Waste It?
A no-waste, no-cost solution — endorsed by everyone from hunters to PETA — is finally going mainstream.
The Happy Little Nursing Homes Outsmarting Covid-19
In “small house” elder-care facilities, family-sized groups of residents are thriving. The virus is not.
Hard-Knocks Restaurant Workers Are Embracing Mental Wellness
An industry that often celebrates pushing through the pain is turning its focus to mental health.
A Therapist Teaches Us How to Connect
In our latest “Bridging Divides” video, a crash course in reaching out to those who feel furthest away.
The Non-Partisan “Pro-Voice” Abortion Space
How one organization is taking ideology out of reproductive health.
Take Two Carrots and Call Me in the Morning
As the pandemic makes supermarkets a no-go zone for some, cities are writing prescriptions for free fruits and vegetables, delivered right to residents’ doors.
New York Is Using Data to Stop Homelessness Before It Starts
The city is pinpointing residents who are on the verge of losing their homes and getting them help before it happens.
Scotland’s ‘Navigators’ Transform Lives in the Emergency Room
Patients involved in violence may find a pink-shirted “Navigator” at their bedside, gently asking what led to the incident — and how they can help.
Wine Country’s Farmworkers Are Staying Healthy Against All Odds
Populated by seasonal laborers, Oregon’s Willamette Valley could have been devastated by the coronavirus. Instead, it’s become a model for how to keep workers safe.
A Mental Health Service for Inmates that Reduces Recidivism
In an effort to make its prisons more than punitive, Washington D.C. has begun offering cognitive behavioral therapy to incarcerated individuals.
5 More Countries Dodging the Virus
After we featured a list of places beating the coronavirus, many of you wrote in with your own countries’ success stories. Here are five you said we shouldn’t miss.
These Unsung Countries Are Vanquishing the Virus
While success stories like Germany and South Korea are rightly hailed, some of the most effective responses are in countries that haven’t been making the news.
Alaska Is Using South Korea’s Method to Beat the Virus
With the fewest infections of any state, Alaska proves contact tracing can work — even in America.
Emptier Jails Could Stay That Way
Covid-19 is showing us what ending mass incarceration could look like. Some judges and prosecutors like what they see.
These First Responders Are Rescuing Food
As farms and restaurants close, organizers are mobilizing to make sure the food left behind gets to where it’s needed most.
Why Hospitals Are Building Housing
As people’s homes become bulwarks against the pandemic, funding for health care is being spent on housing. Maybe they were the same thing all along.
Who Killed Tony the Tiger?
Chile is banning cereal mascots and slapping warning labels on unhealthy foods. Now even the kids won’t touch them.
It’s a New Day for LGBT Health
From transgender clinics to big wins in the fight against HIV, the landscape for LGBT health is nearly unrecognizable from just 10 years ago.
Tchau Tchau, Malaria
In country after country, one of the world’s deadliest diseases is being eradicated. In many cases, it’s women leading the fight.
Free the Paramedics!
They’re the medical system’s eyes and ears, yet they’re treated as crisis managers. Now some cities are letting their paramedics get to know their patients, with remarkable results.
Everybody Needs a Home
What would happen if our first step towards solving homelessness was to actually give people someplace to live?
Portugal’s Wildly Successful Decriminalization Experiment
By decriminalizing even “hard” drugs like heroin and cocaine, Portugal drove down HIV rates and overdose deaths—and proved beyond a doubt that harm reduction works.
Interactive: Harm Reduction Goes Global
How a once-radical idea is becoming the norm in country after country.
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