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Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 1

May 3, 2016

  This is the first episode in our spring series on critical health issues. In this program we’ll talk with researcher Vic Strecher about the boost you could get if you have a specific purpose in life. One example? People with a purpose are “2.4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease 7 years later,” according to Strecher.

He’s with the University of Michigan School of Public Health and author of the forthcoming book, “Life on Purpose: how living for what matters most changes everything.”

We’ll also dig into why food studies can get such different results, like how much coffee we should drink or whether chocolate is good or bad for you. Guest Christie Aschwanden is lead science writer for 538, and crunched the numbers on food and nutrition studies. Her results show they can draw questionable conclusions.

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