Chris West

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These photos of India's overcrowded railways will make you grateful for your commute

It's a long-standing tradition to take the train in India — the oldest train in the world, built in 1855, also runs on the India rail network between New Delhi and Rajasthan.<p>If you think your commute is bad, or airport lines are giving you the travel blues, just take a look at these insanely …

Intestinal worms may be our frenemies: They cultivate bacteria to block diseases

Deworming people with no bowel disease flips their ratio of good to bad microbes.<p>One day, curing complex intestinal diseases could be as simple as …

Cancer: More than just bad luck?

New research has found that environmental exposures, lifestyle choices and other factors that could be changed or avoided account for between 70% and 90% of the gene mutations that make cancerous tumors progress, leaving "intrinsic factors" to account for the minority of malignant …

The tragic fate of the people who stop sleeping

A handful of families are cursed with “fatal insomnia”, a cruel disease that leads to months of sleepless nights and terrible exhaustion. Will a controversial cure save their lives?<p>Silvano was on a cruise ship when the family curse struck. An elegant 53-year-old with striking red hair who enjoyed …

Medical Journals

How can we eradicate TB?

<i>This article is published in collaboration with Harvard T.H Chan</i><p>Of all the health problems that dominate our thoughts and anxieties, tuberculosis …

Immune System

Patient plays saxophone tunes during his own brain surgery

It was the most unusual audience that jazz musician Carlos Aguilera had ever appeared in front of: 16 doctors and nurses in a hospital operating room in Malaga, Spain.<p>Because Aguilera was also the patient, undergoing neurosurgery, the performance was actually a test.<p>With a piece of his skull …

10 theories that explain why we dream

The study of dreaming is called oneirology, and it's a field of inquiry that spans neuroscience, psychology, and even literature. Still, the plain …

How This Scientist Discovered Coffee Was Reorganizing His Brain

His 18-month study uncovered a lot about how his brain -- and others -- works.<p>Stanford University neuroscientist Russell Poldrack is the proud owner of the most studied brain in the world.<p>During an 18-month period, Poldrack underwent a 10-minute fMRI scan every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and …