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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 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%
- 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.
- Feb 7 20177 minutes
Eating Toward Immortality
Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.
- Feb 1 201718 minutes
What To Expect
Why aren’t we talking about the surprising number of women injured by childbirth?
- 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 24 201714 minutes
The New Offensive on Alzheimer’s Disease
No medicine has been able to slow the progression of the disease, so researchers are taking an aggressive new approach.
- Feb 1 20177 minutes
Here’s How To Save Obamacare
Turns out the Democrats have a pretty big ace up their sleeve.
- Feb 3 20173 minutes
Acid Is the New Xanax
Writer Ayelet Waldman was on the verge of suicide until she self-medicated with LSD.
- Feb 2 20177 minutes
Why You Didn’t See It Coming: When scale confounds our perceptions, stories can clarify them.
You don’t see it coming. You probably couldn’t if you tried. The effects of large changes in scale are frequently beyond our powers of perception, even our imagination. They seem to emerge out of nowhere: the cumulative effects of climate change, the
- 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
- 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 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 3 20172 minutes
Why Christians Are Disproportionately Powerful in Congress
The U.S. is becoming more diverse in terms of faith, but its legislature isn’t. A major reason? Non-religious Americans' voting rates.
- Jan 17 20178 minutes
The OA And The Dark Side Of Science
Brit Marling discusses the folklore and real-life research that went into her trippy Netflix series.
- 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
- 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.
- Feb 2 20178 minutes
What Quantum Gravity Needs Is More Experiments: Math won’t solve quantum gravity. Experimentation will.
In the mid-1990s, I studied mathematics. I wasn’t really sure just what I wanted to do with my life, but I was awed by the power of mathematics to describe the natural world. After classes on differential geometry and Lie algebras, I attended a semin
- 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
- 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 17 20176 minutes
How to Understand Extreme Numbers
The late statistics wizard Hans Rosling, who died this month at age 68, brought at least 10 toilet paper rolls to some of his beloved presentations. He would stack them into a tower on a table, each roll representing one billion people. In a 2012 t
- 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 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
- 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
- Sep 19 20161 minute
We Shouldn’t Dismiss People Who Deny Facts
IT’S EASY TO DISMISS PEOPLE WHO believe things that are factually incorrect—that vaccines cause autism, for example, or that climate change isn’t real. But if we really want to change how they think, we need to take an honest look at what’s driving t
- 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.
- Feb 16 201710 minutes
Atheism, the Computer Model: Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion.
In the United States, the nones have it. The nones being people with no organized religion and increasingly no belief in God or a universal spiritual power. They have the momentum, attention, and an expectation that in the future they will become a m