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HPH Weekly: World Happiness Report says young adults are unhappy. Why?

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Jo Zhou
June 14, 2024
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World Happiness Report says young adults are unhappy. Why?

Yellow happiness and orange anger emoticons on a blue background.
Source image: calvindexter / iStock

The U.S. fell out of the top 20 in the latest World Happiness Report, largely due to the growing unhappiness of young people. Four students share their thoughts in HPH on whether that change reflects how they feel—and reveal a lot about what’s causing stress among people under 30.

A new model of drug discovery could change the game on superbugs

Yellow microscopic image of yersinia pseudotuberculosis bacteria cultured in a Petri dish. Some bacteria are in single circles, other cluster together.
Todd Parker, Ph.D., Assoc Director for Laboratory Science, Div of Preparedness and Emerging Infections at CDC / Public Health Image Library

Superbugs “contribute to nearly 5 million deaths annually and could result in more than $1 trillion in economic losses globally every year,” writes Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Could a collaborative model of drug discovery and development be the solution?

Do robots have a bright future in public health?

Book cover: Our Bright Future with Robots: The Heart and the Chip by Daniela Rue and Gregory Mone. The cover is orange-gold with white and black text. A heart with microchip lines extending outward is in the center.
Courtesy of WW Norton

HPH talks to Daniela Rus, the head of the MIT Computer Science Lab and coauthor of the new book, The Heart and the Chip, about robots in medicine, employment, and more. One takeaway, for people concerned about robots’ impact on jobs: Rus believes automation “will allow people to focus on the tasks more suitable for people.”

“So much death”

Even after a series of high-profile traffic accidents, residents say little has been done to address speeding in their unincorporated pocket of southeastern Los Angeles. KFF Health News reports on efforts to change things—and why they’re not working.

What we’re reading this week

In China, weight-loss drugs are becoming big business →
Al Jazeera

Indonesia ramps up fight against tuberculosis amid concerns on economic impact →

Federal officials urge mpox vaccinations to blunt a summer surge →
The Washington Post

New report underscores the seriousness of long COVID →
The New York Times

The world needs the new pandemic treaty →

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Jo Zhou
Jo Zhou is the social media manager and audience engagement specialist at Harvard Public Health. Read more from Jo Zhou.