Source: The Conversation
A cancer diagnosis was once a death sentence, but researchers have developed a whole toolbox of treatments and preventative measures in recent decades. Learn about one of the most promising approaches to stopping this deadly disease.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
It’s likely that when your grandparents were your age, they rode in a car without buckling a seat belt first. Find out how effective seat belts are at saving lives and why some people don’t use them, even today.
The flu is hardly a new or unusual disease. So why does it still manage to kill thousands of Americans every year, including young and otherwise healthy people?
Source: CBS News
Click through this photo gallery to learn where in the world people can expect to lead the longest lives.
The horrors perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II may be familiar to most of us, but one writer argues that we don’t really understand them.
Source: National Geographic Adventure
According to Laurence Gonzales, making small changes in the way you approach everyday life will help you survive if disaster ever strikes. Read the article to find out his 14 survival skills.
Source: The Daily Beast
Letters home from soldiers reveal a mix of the mundane and the devastating. Learn about a book in which one soldier compiled letters documenting his unlikely military journey.
Source: CBS News
The topic of health insurance may not seem very exciting, but it has a clear, documented impact on our lives.
Why do people sometimes seem to turn a blind eye to life-and-death calamities that affect hundreds, thousands, even millions of our fellow humans? It’s all in the numbers.
Source: The New York Times
People sometimes talk about a cure for cancer as if it’s a nearly impossible goal. But this deadly disease takes many forms, and cures for some of those forms have already been developed.
Giving birth used to be one of the most dangerous things a woman could do, until medical advancements about a century ago improved outcomes. So why might the United States—and one state in particular— be sliding backward in this key statistic?
Source: Psychology Today
Often mixed with the relief and joy of surviving a catastrophe or war is guilt. Survivors may feel that they didn’t do enough to save others or that they bear responsibility for preventable deaths.
Only a few short years ago, the ebola virus devastated areas of West Africa and terrified the world. Thanks to diligent research, though, it no longer threatens lives.
Source: Public Radio International
Although it resulted in more loss of life than the Nazi concentration camps, the Soviet Gulag system is less well known. One survivor has spent his life working to change that.
Source: Scientific American
It turns out that a computer running a mathematical formula can more accurately predict patients’ wishes than family members can. But should a computer be allowed to override a human in a life-or-death situation?
Source: Central European University
Stay on top of the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Source: The Washington Post
In the shadow of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, alarming echoes of the past are being heard.
Source: Lucy Walker Film
In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom represents the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Watch the trailer for this Academy Award nominated documentary to see how survivors of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are inspired by the cherry blossom to rebuild their lives.
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
The deadly 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant left an area of over a thousand square miles too contaminated for farming or habitation. With its existing infrastructure, though, it’s well suited to a different kind of power.
Source: PBS NOVA
The Holocaust nearly obliterated the once-vibrant Jewish population of Lithuania. Learn about how a small band of prisoners made a daring escape so that they could bear witness and how modern researchers have found proof of this event.