Welcome to the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins Health Review, a new magazine that aims to lead an informed and intelligent conversation about health—the health of your body, your brain, your family, your planet.
Johns Hopkins is a leader in health and understands that a smart, sophisticated discussion on that topic is about a lot more than eating an apple a day and getting some exercise. It involves biomedical engineering, economics, politics, the food system, neuroscience, computational science, global interconnectedness, climate change, population dynamics, and ethical quandaries that didn’t exist 20 years ago.
This magazine is not going to tell you how to lose 10 pounds in 10 days, or get six-pack abs, or make a green smoothie. Rather, it will offer everything from practical ideas about nutrition, exercise, sleep habits, and relationships to long reads about breakthrough scientific discoveries involving our bodies and our minds, our community, and our environment—all evidence-based and grounded in Johns Hopkins research.
In our inaugural issue we explore everything from the mechanics of the common itch [“Why Do We Itch?,” pg. 26], to what happens to our bodies and brains when we are chronically tired [“Cheating Sleep,” pg. 70], to how our understanding of cancer cells changes when scientists work in three dimensions [“Beyond the Petri Dish,” pg. 44]. We also look at poverty’s impact on the health of the poor—and everyone else [“Why Poverty Is Bad for All of Us,” pg. 58]. And that’s just a few of the stories you’ll find in these pages.