How long will you live? That depends on your zip code | Celine Gounder

America is increasingly divided, and that is reflected in health. The disparities between life expectancy reveal harsh truths Where you live in America predicts not just how long youll live but also how youll succumb. The Black Lung mountains run along the border of West Virginia and Kentucky. They are the epicenter of the so-called…

‘I was weak, despairing, confused’: did writing a fiction attain me ill?

It started with a bottomless tiredness, and soon novelist Sarah Perry was unable to function. Had she brought it all on herself? On Christmas Eve 2013, with hail falling on Norwich, I set out to jog three miles through the cyclone on the track beside the river. The spire of the cathedral was overshadowed by…

I have prostate cancer. But I am happy | George Monbiot

The three principles that define a good life will protect me from despair, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot It came, as these things often do, like a gunshot on a quiet street: shocking and disorienting. In early December, my urine turned brown. The following day I felt feverish and determined it hard to pee. I…

Alcohol causes one in 20 demises worldwide, says WHO

Report detects 13.5% of deaths among people in their 20 s are linked to alcohol Alcohol is responsible for more than 5% of all deaths worldwide, or around 3 million a year, new figures have revealed. The data, part of a report from the World Health Organization, shows that about 2.3 million of those deaths…

I live a healthier life now I’m free of the trappings of modernity | Mark Boyle

Being healthy is not related to physicians, ambulances and technology. I use natural methods to keep my body in balance, writes Mark Boyle, the Guardians Life Without Technology columnist When people learn of my decision to reject modern complex technology in favour of older, slower, forgotten routes, their first line of investigation usually involves healthcare.…

New Colorado bill would create guidelines for organic marijuana

The bill, scheduled for its first hearing Friday, would inspire Colorados department of agriculture to make certification rules for pesticide-free cannabis Colorado marijuana consumers will be able to buy pesticide-free, certified organic weed if lawmakers pass a new bill aimed at creating special labels for the states legal cannabis industry. This is going to be…

The whole truth about Van Gogh’s ear, and why his ‘mad genius’ is a myth

A new exhibition asserts Vincent Van Goghs mental illness hampered his work, rather than drove his singular vision and presents fresh medical evidence about his notorious self-mutilation Madness terrified Vincent van Gogh, yet he also wondered if it was inseparable from artistic genius. In letters to his brother Theo that proved him one of the…

The perils of being your own physician | Mert Erogul

The Long Read: When an experienced physician became convinced “hes having” ALS , none of the specialists he consulted could persuade him he was perfectly healthy In the summer of my 44 th year, when everyone did the ice bucket challenge for ALS, when friends and strangers and celebrities soaked themselves with iced water to…