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James Hamblin

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

James Hamblin, MD, is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk and is the author of a book by the same title.

20 Seconds to Optimize Hand Wellness

One of the world’s most crucial and selfless acts is still simply washing your hands.

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The Perfect Email

An etiquette update: Brevity is the highest virtue.

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Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective

Two experimental trials bode well for gaining control of the hemorrhagic viral disease.

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Why Is Google Making Human Skin?

A dive into one of Google Life Sciences' latest initiatives.

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Email Is Ruining Us: A Brilliant Solution

What was designed to make us work more efficiently, now takes up all of our time.

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The Recovering Americans and the 'Top Secret' Ebola Treatment

Two U.S. doctors with Ebola have improved after receiving an experimental antibody.

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How to Perform a Head Transplant

Just because you shouldn't do something doesn't mean you can't.

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Deep Brain Stimulation for the Soul

See the effect of the "mind control" surgery, when patients turn their electrodes off.

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Who Should Take Antidepressants?

A brain scan could help objectively identify who will benefit, and who won't.

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Disconcerting Robot Detects Depression

Augmenting psychiatric diagnosis with data

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What's Tylenol Doing to Our Minds?

The same pathways that help with physical pain seem to moderate existential distress.

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If Symptoms Persist, Text Your Doctor

Ninety percent of Americans have never emailed or texted with their doctor. Should they?