How we can improve maternal healthcare — before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell

How we can improve maternal healthcare — before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell

It was chaos as I got off the elevator. I was coming back on duty as a resident physician to cover the labor and delivery unit. And all I could see was a swarm of doctors and nurses hovering over a patient in the labor room. They were all desperately trying to save a woman’s

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s | Lisa Genova

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s | Lisa Genova

How many people here would like to live to be at least 80 years old? Yeah. I think we all have this hopeful expectation of living into old age. Let’s project out into the future, to your future “you’s,” and let’s imagine that we’re all 85. Now, everyone look at two people. One of you

Why dieting doesn’t usually work | Sandra Aamodt

Why dieting doesn’t usually work | Sandra Aamodt

Three and a half years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life. As my New Year’s resolution, I gave up dieting, stopped worrying about my weight, and learned to eat mindfully. Now I eat whenever I’m hungry, and I’ve lost 10 pounds. This was me at age 13, when I started

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

What if I told you there was something that you can do right now that would have an immediate, positive benefit for your brain including your mood and your focus? And what if I told you that same thing could actually last a long time and protect your brain from different conditions like depression, Alzheimer’s

Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer: The toxic baby?

Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer: The toxic baby?

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer: I was going to ask if there’s a doctor in the house. No, I’m just joking. It’s interesting, because it was six years ago when I was pregnant with my first child that I discovered that the most commonly used preservative in baby care products mimics estrogen when it gets into the

The orchestra in my mouth | Tom Thum

The orchestra in my mouth | Tom Thum

My name is Tom, and I’ve come here today to come clean about what I do for money. Basically, I use my mouth in strange ways in exchange for cash. (Laughter) I usually do this kind of thing in seedy downtown bars and on street corners, so this mightn’t be the most appropriate setting, but

I don’t want children — stop telling me I’ll change my mind | Christen Reighter

I don’t want children — stop telling me I’ll change my mind | Christen Reighter

I recognized the roles that were placed on me very early. One persistent concept that I observed — existing in our language, in our media — was that women are not only supposed to have children, they are supposed to want to. This existed everywhere. It existed in the ways that adults spoke to me

Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

Hello. My name is Simone. You know how people tell you if you get nervous when onstage, picture people in the audience naked? Like it’s this thing that’s supposed to make you feel better. But I was thinking — picturing all of you naked in 2018 feels kind of weird and wrong. Like, we’re working

How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

I have a confession to make. But first, I want you to make a little confession to me. In the past year, I want you to just raise your hand if you’ve experienced relatively little stress. Anyone? How about a moderate amount of stress? Who has experienced a lot of stress? Yeah. Me too. But

What you don’t know about marriage | Jenna McCarthy

What you don’t know about marriage | Jenna McCarthy

Every year in the United States alone, 2,077,000 couples make a legal and spiritual decision to spend the rest of their lives together — (Laughter) And not to have sex with anyone else. Ever. He buys a ring, she buys a dress. They go shopping for all sorts of things. She takes him to Arthur