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We Just Witnessed One of the Biggest Indictments You'll Ever See of a Country's Health Care System

Warren Buffett has long decried the ballooning cost of health care as a “hungry tapeworm on the American economy,” eating up the country’s wealth …

Health Care

Surprise, we’ve been accidentally geoengineering for decades … and we can’t stop now.

A trope of sci-fi movies these days, from Snowpiercer to Geostorm, is that our failure to tackle climate change will eventually force us to deploy an …

Climate Change

How people die from the flu

Please go get your flu shot. Seriously.<p>Every flu season is a deadly flu season. Though this year may feel worse than usual—and may end up being deadlier—it’s also a grave reminder that influenza <i>always</i> kills people. We’re just sometimes more aware of it.<p>For the many thousands who contract the flu …

Medicine

Why Your Credit Score Suddenly Dropped by 200 Points

There you are, minding your own business, when you get a notification from one of your finance apps. “New Credit Score Available” it says, and you …

Personal Finance

20 handy things you didn’t know Google Photos could do

Most people think of Google Photos like a dusty old album on the shelf. Every once in a while, you flip through those old snapshots with a friend. Remember that trip to the beach? That was so nice.<p>Like most Google services, Photos is overflowing with helpful features, which can manipulate, …

Google

12 Bizarre Events From The World Which Prove That We’ve Done Some Serious Damage To The Planet

<b>For decades, we have been told that climate is changing and this change will cause serious irreversible damage to the Earth's ecosystem.</b> But it seems …

Global Warming

Trump is now dangerous – that makes his mental health a matter of public interest

This world authority in psychiatry, consulted by US politicians, argues that the president’s mental fitness deserves scrutiny<p>Eight months ago, a group of us put our concerns into a book, <i>The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump</i><i>: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President</i>. It became an …

How a password changed one man's life for the better

“How could she do something like this to me?” said the voice in my head, over and over.<p>It was 2011 and I was stuck in middle of a pretty bad depression due to my divorce.<p>Thankfully, I think I was smart enough (and had great people around me) so I managed my way out.<p>One day I walk into the office, …

Thomas Homan

This Small Device Could Silence the Maddening Symptoms of Tinnitus

Millions of Americans suffer from a medical condition known as tinnitus, a disorder that can be so tormenting that it makes Edgar Allen Poe’s …

Consider That Trump Might Just Be Dumb

Donald Trump has spent the entire first year of his presidency doing the opposite of learning on the job. Nowhere is this more plainly obvious than …

WiFi how and why: Setting up a new router securely

Unpacking, plugging in and configuring a new WiFi router is usually not among most people’s holiday highlights. But if a new wireless hub should be among the presents you take out of a box, spending a few extra minutes changing its default settings (in the same Web interface you use to set it up) …

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

Big Ideas

2018 Goals: Get more sleep. Sleep deprivation is toxic to your health

You can live for about three minutes without air, three days without water and about 21 days without food. But in between food and water, there is something else critically essential: sleep.<p>It turns out you can only live about 11 days without sleep. You can give it a try if you don’t believe me, …

Congress Needs a Mandatory Retirement Age

The <i>Washington Post</i> recently explained that, based on the number of octogenarians currently serving, this is the oldest U.S. Senate ever. It may feel …

Diagnosing Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Five years ago, Kevin Perry, 57, went on a mountain bike ride, a hobby he’d had for years. It wasn’t unusual for him to get some periodic soreness — …

Don’t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can’t seem to put down is leaking electromagnetic radiation and now California has some guidance to safeguard the public.<p>The CDPH asks …

Putin’s Man in the White House? Real Trump Russia Scandal is Not Mere Collusion, U.S. Counterspies Say

Last May, a top White House national security official met in Washington with senior Russian officials and handed over details of a secret operation …

9 Diseases You Might Think Are Just Fatigue

If you feel excessively tired on a regular basis, no matter how much effort you're expending, that's a sign that there may be something off. …

Wellness

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg: 'The Tax Bill Is an Economically Indefensible Blunder'

Bloomberg Michael Bloomberg says the GOP tax bill is an "economically indefensible blunder' and that CEOs aren't waiting on a tax cut.<p>(Bloomberg …

Why cold air makes your nose run

About 50-90% of people get a runny nose when it's cold. We call this "cold-induced rhinitis", or "skier nose". People with asthma, eczema and hay fever seem to experience it more.<p>It's the job of your nose to make the air you breathe in warm and wet so that when it gets to your lungs it does not …

Alternative Medicine

How an erratic sleep schedule affects your ability to lose weight — and the exact time you should go to bed to get results

A good night's sleep improves your ability to lose weight effectively, according to a new survey.<p>As adults, it's recommended that we get at least seven and a half hours of sleep a night — preferably heading to bed at the same time every night, too.<p>Sports nutrition company Forza Supplements surveyed …

Sleep

One BIG sign that Americans are going to be financial disasters in 2018

Few make money-related New Year’s resolutions — despite record debt and low savings. Here are 5 apps to help you stick with resolutions.<p>New year, …

Think race isn’t a problem in California? New report shows otherwise

Don’t be fooled by California’s increasing diversity. Racial and ethnic inequity remains a key problem and a potential barrier to future growth, …

New York's TV industry riddled by harassment accusations

Andy Lack is the NBC News executive who fired Matt Lauer. The 70-year-old chairman is now under fire himself. Wochit<p>If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, the song goes.<p>Evidently, making it in the highly-competitive television news industry in the Big Apple has often meant, for …

Health Care

Scholars Have Found a Rare Copy of Heretical Writings on Jesus And His 'Brother'

This didn't make it into the Bible.<p>Near what is today the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi, some 1,400 years or so ago, somebody buried a whole bunch of …

Mental illness and violence: Let’s change the conversation

CLOSE<p>Learn some quick facts about depression and see how the signs can manifest differently in men, women and children.<p>Whenever there is a mass …

10 Things You Absolutely Must Do Before You Board a Plane

<i>This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure</i><p>Get fast-tracked.<p>If you haven’t already, sign up for TSA PreCheck ($85 for five years), which …

A sleep scientist reveals the 15-minute daily ritual that will improve your sleep

A sleep scientist shares his 15-minute daily ritual that leads to a good night's sleep. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Daniel Barone:</b> One of the biggest things that I believe in for myself and what I tell my patients is mindfulness meditation.<p>I'm Dr. Daniel Barone, a neurologist at New York …

Mindfulness