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Beyond the Petri Dish
By Dale Keiger
Biologists have traditionally studied cancer cells in petri dishes. Now, they’ve put cells into a three-dimensional environment, and it could change everything.
Cheating Sleep
By Sarah Richards
Our evolving nocturnal habits aren’t just making us tired; they’re hurting our health.
Why Poverty is Bad for All of Us
By Lawrence Lanahan
Income inequality is harmful to your health—whether you’re rich, poor, or in between those extremes.


Expert Advice
What can our skin tell us about our health?
New findings in health, including diet soda's downside, why you should stop taking vitamins, and how to successfully age in place.
News from the cutting edge of research: treating brain cancer with fat cells, getting ahead of flu virus mutations, and a chemical to forget fear.
Just Curious
Do brain fitness games really work?
From low-tech to high-tech, our roundup of simple medical tools and sophisticated gadgetry.
Adam Sheingate on why our food is still not safe.
Book Report
What you should be reading.
First person: Charlene Rothkopf on her journey to recovery.
Ten Things
10 Must-Haves for Your Kitchen Pantry
The Unhealthy Truth About Income Inequality
By Vanya Jones, Injury researcher Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Letter from the Editor

Catherine Pierre
Catherine Pierre
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. 

Please enjoy the magazine, our compliments. If you’d like to let us know what you think, feel free to send us comments via email


Sarah Richards
Sarah Richards
Sarah Richards (“Cheating Sleep”) is an award-winning Canadian writer and radio producer based in Baltimore. She has filed stories to media outlets ranging from Good Housekeeping to The New York Times and was the first woman to contribute to The World’s Most Dangerous Places war guide. PAGE 70
illustration of a hat with feet beneath it
Jean-François Martin
Jean-François Martin (“Smart Move,” illustration) is a Paris-based illustrator whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Le Monde, among many other publications. He has also written a screen-play for a short animated film called The Inventor. PAGE 42
Lawrence Lanahan
Lawrence Lanahan
Lawrence Lanahan (“Why Poverty Is Bad for All of Us”) is a Baltimore-based freelance reporter and a former producer at public radio station WYPR. In January 2014, he and his WYPR colleagues received a duPont-Columbia Award for “The Lines Between Us,” a yearlong series on regional inequality. PAGE 58
Illustration of Emily Robertson
Emily Robertson
Emily Robertson (“Cheating Sleep” illustrations) is a London-based artist who has created watercolor-and-ink illustrations for clients ranging from Anthropologie and Marks and Spencer to the BBC and Vanity Fair. PAGE 70