Interested in improving your own upstreamist health care? Below, six simple ways to start.

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In Africa, ebola has already killed hundreds and sickened more than a thousand people so far this year — and the pandemic continues to spread into new countries. When did the current outbreak begin? Why can’t it be stopped? How much should you freak out? 3 ideas behind the week’s headlines.

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal used to believe that stress is bad for your health. Then, new research changed her mind. Here are 7 studies that suggest new ways of looking at stress.

The label on the back of your medical pill box is important — and incomprehensible. Find out what Thomas Goetz, former executive editor at Wired, is doing to help you understand the dangers and common side-effects of your drugs.

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Physician Larry Brilliant shares data from his digital system for early detection of pandemics.

2.5 billion people around the global don’t have access to a toilet, and feces is to blame for a devastating toll of disease. Journalist Rose George explains why we need to start talking shit.