People sometimes want to know how we decide what to cover in the health section at TIME. When we're doing our job right, we get ideas all over the place. Yes, there are new scientific studies. "Guys. Did you see the new study about X?" is how many of our meetings start, because we're constantly scouring the new journals to see how the science on a given issue is evolving. The latest is all just below this little note, so scroll down for those. But studies are only part of what we do.
The other piece of it—the thing that makes me love what I do—is the stuff of real life. That comes from the mail we get from you, our readers (more on that in a second). It comes from the questions we get from strangers at cocktail parties. (Seriously, you would be shocked by what people will tell you when they find out you do this for a living.) And then there are the miraculous, humbling, heartbreaking and beautiful things we experience ourselves. The brother who dies of cancer. The cousin who gets pregnant after a decade trying. The mentor with early-stage dementia. The great aunt who ran her first marathon at 70. The weird rash we got last Tuesday.
So we want to hear from you, our readers, about two things—though you should always feel free to color outside the lines:
a) What kinds of health stories do you want to read more of from us?
b) How has health—your own, that of your loves ones—impacted your life recently?
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TIME Executive Editor