Also: how stress gives you gray hair; what you need to know about Wuhan Coronavirus
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January 25, 2020

Happy Saturday,

It can be doubly daunting to hear about the sexual issues of college life these days. Awareness has grown in recent years that sexual assault is extremely prevalent on campuses. And as universities have grappled with it, concerns have also grown that some do not give the accused due process.

This Monday in WBUR's CitySpace, the authors of a new book, "Sexual Citizens," offer a new way to look at the difficult issue, tackling it as a public health problem that can be analyzed and, if not fully solved, more often prevented. Get your tickets here. 

P.S. I'm no longer moderating this session. Instead, you'll see Dr. Jen Ashton, chief medical correspondent for ABC News, leading the conversation.

— Carey Goldberg, CommonHealth editor

The Rundown

Most Americans Are Lonely, And Our Workplace Culture May Not Be Helping
More than three in five Americans are lonely, with more and more people reporting feeling like they are left out, poorly understood and lacking companionship, according to a new survey released Thursday.

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How Stress Turns Hair White: Harvard Study Points To 'Fight-Or-Flight' Response
Harvard stem cell researchers find that when stress over-activates the sympathetic nervous system, it leads to depletion of the stem cells that generate hair pigment cells.

The Real Epidemic: Not Burnout But 'Moral Injury' Of Doctors Unable To Do Right By Patients
"We were two physicians, caught in a nightmare of impotence against the machinery of medicine."

Wuhan Coronavirus 101: What We Do — And Don't — Know About A Newly Identified Disease
A new strain of virus that appears to have originated in China is spreading rapidly and crossing borders. There are hundreds of confirmed cases and at least 17 reported deaths.

Where N.H. Democrats And The 2020 Candidates Stand On Drug Crisis Policies
The drug overdose crisis is top of mind for many voters. Before the primaries, here's what you need to know about where the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on how to handle this epidemic. 

Am I Destined To Be This Size?

You know better than to expect life to be fair. But still, it's enough to drive anyone crazy: Some people seem to be able to eat anything they want and never gain weight. Others of us — well, as Juna says, you ask yourself: Is it all just genetic? Am I just "big-boned"?
The latest episode of "Food, We Need To Talk" digs into the science behind weight destiny and nature versus nurture. If you have 16 minutes, give it a listen.

The system had bound the physicians so tightly with scheduling control, data and metrics, policies and punishments that they, too, could barely breathe. They had almost no control over their patient interactions or their referral options.

— Wendy Dean, "The Real Epidemic: Not Burnout But 'Moral Injury' Of Doctors Unable To Do Right By Patients"


CRISPR Has The Potential To Improve Lives. But At What Cost? CRISPR, the breakthrough method for editing genes, has the potential to improve our lives. But one of its inventors warns us scientists may be tempted to change life itself — in ways we won’t like.

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Did you know 2 million Americans with serious heart disease use marijuana? Researchers say that could be a cause for concern.
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