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Is This Happiness-Boosting Supplement the New Zoloft?

We live in an era when there are natural supplements for just about everything: vitamin C for glowing skin, vitamin A for hair growth, and probiotics …

App's novel approach to mood disorders: Real-world rewards

A computer consultant with bipolar disorder helps develop a free app that lets others with similar conditions track their mood and behavior -- and earn rewards like gift cards for doing it.<p>Since his diagnosis as bipolar in 2002, computer consultant Adrian Cunanan has worked hard to learn to …

Counseling

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known for Ages: There Is No Constant Self

Proving that science and religion can, in fact, overlap, University of British Columbia researcher Evan Thompson has confirmed the Buddhist teaching …

Consciousness

I Thought Meditation Was a Waste of Time. I Was Wrong

If you're looking for a performance edge that also yields important health benefits -- and if you're not, why aren't you? -- look no farther.<p>I used to go to a yoga class that started with a few minutes of meditation designed to help us "find our center."<p>I never found my (gosh darn) center.<p>Instead I …

Meditation

9 small lifestyle changes you can make to get smarter

Just as you can eat healthily and exercise to stay fit, there are a number of simple changes you could be making every day to get your brain working faster, sharpen concentration, strengthen memory, and become more intelligent.<p>Business Insider spoke to the nutritional therapist Naomi Mead, who was …

10 Brain Discoveries You Should Know

Listed below are 10 discoveries about your brain that hold out to you the possibility of turning a brain wired for stress into a brain wired for the Good Life, which is a life of being well and doing well on the way to flourishing. Actualizing this change is simpler than you might imagine, and …

People with beer bellies at greater risk of death than those who are obese, study finds

Slim adults with a 'spare tyre' of fat around their stomach have a twice as high mortality risk than those who are overweight<p>Slim people with beer bellies are at greater risk of death than those who are overweight or obese, a study has found.<p>"Meta-analysis showed that being overweight according to …

The Fictions Surrounding ADHD and the "Chemical Imbalance" Theory of Mental Illness

By Cortland Pffefer (with Irwin Ozborne)<p>Contributing writers for Wake Up World<p><i>The belief that increasing dopamine levels will alleviate ADHD symptoms</i> …

Depression

Purity by Jonathan Franzen, review: 'furiously funny'

This <b>novel</b> contains multitudes: love, murder, marital terrorism, embarrassing sex, nasty sex, solo sex, the Stasi, internet leaks, missing nuclear weapons, missing fathers, overbearing mothers and a variety of interesting bowel disorders. What you won’t find much of is purity. Just as <b>Franzen’s</b> …

#celestechallengeaccepted: Aussie comedian Celeste Barber mocks celebrity selfies with social media campaign

If you think sipping on a green juice in a bikini with a picturesque sunset as your backdrop is just part of #everyday life, you could be scrolling …

Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes

For most authors the prospect of their books sending readers to sleep would be horrifying.<p>But the latest publishing phenomenon which is topping the Amazon charts is a book which promises to do just that, at least for children.<p>The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, has been created by Swedish …

Your Mental Health Could Use a Personal Trainer, Too

I woke up with a vague sense of dread on Sunday. I’d been on vacation for two weeks, my life totally, blissfully on pause. But I was back, and felt … …

A new startup claims that '90 percent of our clients see their anxiety decline'

"It started with little things—having trouble making eye contact," he told me.<p>Soon it got worse. Redding, a 28-year-old salesman in Seattle, found himself freaking out during normal, everyday conversations. He worried any time his boss wanted to talk. He would dread his regular sales calls, and the …

Mental Health

Four ways to make money on the internet

Here's something to think about. Venture capital funds in the US poured $US12 billion ($16 billion) into internet-related start-ups last year, the …

Depressed? Your cellphone might be able to diagnose you

We take them to bed. We dine with them at our sides. We turn to them when we're bored, lonely, needy or procrastinating. It should come as no surprise that our smartphones -- those faithful companions we tote through life -- could detect whether depression has settled in for a stay.<p>New research …

Short Trip? More People ‘Microdosing’ on Psychedelic Drugs

For Martijn Schirp, it's a way to make an ordinary day just a little bit better.<p>A former poker player and recent graduate in interdisciplinary science in Amsterdam, Schirp has been experimenting with a new way to take psychedelic drugs: Called microdosing, it involves routinely taking a small …

Psychedelia

When bacteria changes the way we behave

A new study has bolstered previous findings that certain bacteria can affect metabolic health and weight. Bacteria are also connected to inflammatory …

Earth has entered sixth mass extinction, warn scientists

Humans are responsible for so many species dying out that we are now in a sixth mass extinction, Stanford University has warned<p>Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction with animals now dying out at 100 times the normal rate, scientists have warned.<p>Humans have created a toxic mix of habitat loss, …

Extinction

High Court sides with UK music industry in challenge to CD copying law

A group of organisations representing the UK music industry has today succeeded in challenging recent copyright legislation that legalised the duplication of music for personal use. You see, before October last year, it was actually illegal to copy media, even for private consumption -- and yes, …

A Guide to Winning Support for Your New Idea or Project

You’ve got an idea for something that will improve your company’s bottom line or make it a better place to work. Nice going. Now for the hard part: How do you get people on board? How do you get funding? And what should you do if your idea doesn’t catch on?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>In an ideal world, …

Management

NASA now has a humanoid robot working aboard the International Space Station

While we have not quite figured out interstellar travel yet, nor built any fully armed and operational off-Earth battle stations, we have gotten closer to the sci-fi trope of robots that can help out humans in space. NASA now has an award-winning robot on board the International Space Station.<p>The …

Space Exploration

Personalized Technology Will Upend the Doctor-Patient Relationship

In a few years, the idea of receiving medical treatment exclusively at a doctor’s office or hospital will seem quaint. Wearable technologies, implanted devices, and smartphone apps allow continuous monitoring and create a ubiquitous, 24/7, digitized picture of your health that can be accessed and …

Digital Health

Feeling Anxious? Have a Pickle

I’m from northern Vermont, and am the descendant of a long line of uptight Puritans and taciturn ice fishermen. Chattiness is not our bag. At parties, we’re big on nail-biting reticence and we tend to have an over-developed concept of personal space. A lot of us, as kids, hid behind the couch when …

Five day 'fasting' diet slows down ageing and may add years to life

The Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) improves longevity while cutting the risk of cancer and diabetes by half, scientists have found<p>A five day diet which mimics fasting could slow down ageing, add years to life, boost the immune system and cut the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists …

Russia's secret space shuttles have been sitting in plain sight for 22 years

In 1974, Russia launched its largest, most expensive project in space exploration history.<p>The stars of the project, called the Buran program, were its space shuttles, which were built in secret from designs the Soviet secret police stole from NASA.<p>It's hard to pin a number on just how much the …

Space Exploration