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- Feb 2 201714 minutes
The Challenges of Autism in Small-Town America
Lacking easy access to specialized care, some families are turning to video-conferencing for treatment.
- Feb 1 201718 minutes
What To Expect
Why aren’t we talking about the surprising number of women injured by childbirth?
- Feb 6 20173 minutes
The Truth About Whole Wheat And ‘Whole-Grain’ Bread
ANY DOCTOR WORTH THEIR white coat will tell you that eating a diet rich in whole grains is one of the best ways to get fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients that can help fight weight gain, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. But as it is, only 8%
- Jan 30 20171 minute
Coffee: The Latest Antidote To Aging?
YOU CAN STOP GUILTING YOURSELF OUT of that second cup of coffee every morning. There’s growing evidence that a daily jolt of java may be a healthy habit, thanks to its ability to keep heart vessels clear and lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, as well
- Feb 3 201711 minutes
Beware Brain Boosters
Loosely regulated dietary supplements of the sort Pena-Reames took have found a rich vein of acceptance among middle-age and older Americans increasingly worried about losing their mental acuity.
- Sep 15 201611 minutes
Addicted to Anticipation: What goes wrong in the brain chemistry of a gambling addict.
Catherine Townsend-Lyon, 53, started gambling excessively when she was 30. As a result, her 40th birthday wasn’t much of a celebration: She was hospitalized, shortly after a suicide attempt. She’d tried to slit her wrists the day she’d missed her bes
- Jan 23 20175 minutes
‘I Finally Made Peace With Food’
Oprah Winfrey’s Emotional Interview
- Feb 3 20173 minutes
Acid Is the New Xanax
Writer Ayelet Waldman was on the verge of suicide until she self-medicated with LSD.
- Jan 18 20174 minutes
On Writing, Smoking, And The Habit Of Transcendence
Gregor Hens’s Nicotine describes a life spent chasing moments of heightened power.
- Jan 1 20162 minutes
Little Extras That Make a Big Difference to Employees
Want to reward your workers without offering bonuses? The little things count, so look at this list of benefits that your staff will appreciate.
- Jan 16 201713 minutes
The Drug That’s Treating Everything
FORGET WRINKLES. BOTOX IS NOW BEING USED TO TREAT MIGRAINES, DEPRESSION, TWITCHING EYES, OVERACTIVE BLADDERS, SWEATY PALMS AND MORE. SOME CALL IT A MARVEL OF MEDICINE; OTHERS CAUTION THE RISKS ARE STILL UNKNOWN. INSIDE THE EXPLODING BUSINESS AND STRANGE SCIENCE OF BOTOX
- Feb 1 20177 minutes
Here’s How To Save Obamacare
Turns out the Democrats have a pretty big ace up their sleeve.
- Feb 7 20177 minutes
Eating Toward Immortality
Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.
- Oct 3 20165 minutes
The Mindful Classroom
Some experts think mindfulness is the antidote to distraction, misbehaving—even poor math scores. Are they on to something?
- Feb 1 201716 minutes
Listen To The Voices In Your Head
Schizophrenics and other people with unquiet minds are locked up, medicated, and stigmatized. Now a radical movement is telling them they might not be sick at all.
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked In The Last Decade
Hospital patients are attacking staff at an alarming rate, and there are no federal regulations requiring employers to provide any protection.
- Jan 16 20172 minutes
The Growing Fight Against Food Fraud
WHEN YOU’RE SHOPPING AT THE grocery store, you probably expect that the olive oil you see came from, well, olives. And that the organic vegetables were never exposed to toxic chemicals, the cod fillet is sliced from a member of the cod species and th
- Feb 9 201712 minutes
Does Depression Have an Evolutionary Purpose?: Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic.
I had a tough time in high school. Like many other young adolescents, I saw myself as fundamentally flawed, and felt a searing isolation. Nothing I looked forward to brought any hope. I stopped getting out of bed. I cut myself. I drafted a suicide no
- Jan 13 20172 minutes
A Woman Was Killed by a Superbug Resistant to All 26 American Antibiotics
Yesterday morning, I published a story about the silent spread of resistance against the antibiotic of last resort, colistin—a major step toward the emergence of a superbug resistant to all antibiotics. While reporting this story, I interviewed Alex
- Dec 12 201615 minutes
Is Kratom A Deadly Drug Or A Life-Saving Medicine?
ADVOCATES BELIEVE THE POWDER HELPS PEOPLE KICK OPIOIDS WITHOUT RISK OF ADDICTION. WHEN THE DEA TRIED TO CRIMINALIZE IT, THEY FOUGHT BACK
- Feb 9 201726 minutes
Bias In The ER: Doctors suffer from the same cognitive distortions as the rest of us.
The dazed young woman who arrived at Sunnybrook Hospital, Canada’s first and largest regional trauma center, from a head-on car crash presented the surgeons treating her with a disturbing problem. In addition to her many broken bones, the rhythm of h
- Jan 14 201710 minutes
Tiny Amounts of LSD for Depression
Instead of an “acid trip,” she took an “acid errand.”
- Feb 6 20173 minutes
Simple Moves Can Lead To A Less Stressed-Out You
STRESS IS A MODERN MENTAL BOGEYMAN that keeps half of U.S. adults up at night, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association. And many people don’t do anything to try to fight it. That’s bad news because stress takes a mea
- Oct 1 20149 minutes
The Secret to Increased Productivity: Taking Time Off
It's not about how many brute hours you rack up -- it's about how effective you are at replenishing mental resources.
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Make the Gym Pay Off
THE MONEY LINK: Sticking with a fitness routine isn’t always easy. Try focusing on the potential rewards: Heading to the gym at least three times a week has been linked to higher pay—7% more for men, 12% for women, according to Cleveland State associ
- Feb 9 201710 minutes
Raising the American Weakling: There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength.
When she was a practicing occupational therapist, Elizabeth Fain started noticing something odd in her clinic: Her patients were weak. More specifically, their grip strengths, recorded via a hand-held dynamometer, were “not anywhere close to the norm
- Jan 12 201713 minutes
Could Cancer Drugs Treat Autism?
A surprising genetic connection has autism researchers wondering if they can borrow from cancer’s medicine cabinet.
- Dec 8 20163 minutes
What Are The Risks For Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes?
A new surgeon-general report calling vaping among young people a “major health concern” adds to a heated debate over whether the practice is safer than smoking.
- Oct 24 20165 minutes
A New Paradigm for Opioid Addiction: More Drugs
THE PHOTO WAS so startling that it almost seemed staged. In the driver’s seat, the man’s head is dropped back, his eyes closed, mouth agape, one hand draped on the steering wheel in front of him and the other in his lap. In the passenger seat, a woma
- Sep 19 201610 minutes
The New Science of Exercise
Doctors, researchers, scientists—even ancient philosophers—have long claimed exercise works like a miracle drug. Now they have proof