The social and economic conditions of the poor can can affect health—increasing depression, obesity and even shortening lifespans, research shows. Image: iStock

The Fall 2015 Real to Reel newsletter spotlights stories about poverty and its impact on health, Exxon's own revealing climate research, baby boomers remaking retirement, children born with HIV, and Texas women ending pregnancies on their own.

The South Korean horror movie "The Host" depicts a society’s crisis in confidence over a mysterious monster, and mirrors in some way the recent outbreak of the MERS virus.

Our Real to Squeal! newsletter features chilling stories about a horror film, "The Host," and how it reflected this year's MERS outbreak in South Korea; melting glaciers giving up their dead; and a street drug with often zombie-like effects.

Global demand for palm oil, a mainstay of processed food, endangers rainforests, which act as natural greenhouse gas-absorbing "carbon sinks." Illustration:

Our Spring 2015 Real to Reel newsletter features great stories about rainforest preservation, a last-resort ER entering the age of Obamacare, and a lung cancer vaccine developed in Cuba.

Salmonella is a leading cause of food-related medical problems. Illustration:

The Winter 2015 newsletter offers compelling stories about Tijuana clinics that offer false hope to cancer sufferers, the widespread threat of food carrying deadly pathogens, and a Virginia town where most of the poor residents have been cut off from medical care.

A quarter of Mississippi's population lacks health-care coverage.

The Fall 2014 Real to Reel spotlights stories about capturing the power of a star inside a bottle, a sidekick named Siri for an autistic boy, and young men who took on the grim burial tasks during the Ebola crisis.

Texas rancher Clay Igo

The Summer 2014 issue includes stories about a family’s poignant efforts to connect with a son who has autism, the “gay health warrior” of New York City, and how one California pistachio farmer struggles to keep his trees alive amid the drought and water rationing.