Elizabeth Nichols

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Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>Hundreds of thousands of American troops have suffered some form of …

From One Man's Damaged Brain, A Treasure Trove Of Research On Memory

When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>Kent Cochrane, an amnesiac known widely as KC, died this year at 62. After a motorcycle …

Weird and wonderful images seen in 2014

Some of the most bizarre and striking pictures captured this year, including cloaking devices, pimped-up prosthetic limbs and growing veg in space.<p>More amazing image galleries of the year:<p>The year in aviation<p>An amazing year in space exploration

Books of the year 2014

It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …

Books

Crash victim given donor leg bones in landmark operation

Stu Jotham will become the first person in Britain to have such extensive bone replacement surgery<p>A motorcyclist who lost part of his leg in a road accident will become the first person in Britain to have his limb rebuilt using donor bones.<p>Stu Jotham, 29, was thrown from his motorbike in 2011 and …

Small Spaces

Researchers Create Artificial Organs That Fit In Your Hand

Great balls of cells! Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in the palm of your hand.<p>These organs-on-a-chip are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased.<p>For instance, you have your gut-on-a-chip …

Microbiology

Brain

Learn more about the most complex organ in the human body.<p>Making sense of the brain's mind-boggling complexity isn't easy. What we do know is that it's the organ that makes us human, giving people the capacity for art, language, moral judgments, and rational thought. It's also responsible for each …

Neurology

Scientists explain how stem cells and 'bad luck' cause cancer

Why are some types of cancer so much more common than others? Sometimes it's due to faulty genes inherited from one's parents and sometimes to behaviors like smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. But in most cases, it comes down to something else – stem cells.<p>This is the intriguing argument made …

Placebo boosts brain activity in Parkinson's patients

In a clear example of how psychology and medicine interact, a new study of Parkinson's disease shows the powerful effect of expectation on the brain. …

Neuroscience

The 10 Coolest Places To Visit In 2015

The world is enormous. And getting bigger. Every serious traveler I know says their wish list grows longer, not shorter, every time they visit a new corner of the world.<p>So how to prioritize? What’s newly safe or newly uncovered? What’s right at that sweet spot between sleepy backwater and developed …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

Food is Medicine: Each 10g Fiber Reduce Mortality Risk by up to 34%! Phenols Battle Alzheimer's & Breast Cancer & Two Dozen Dietary GLUT4 Boosters Prevent Diabetes

"Let food be thy medicine" Who said that... ha? Right. Hippocrates. He also said "... and let medicine be thy food." Well, he said it in Greek, but …

17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting

This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying “very few [long] novels earn their length.” Certainly it seems like a novel …

Doctors face big cuts in Medicaid pay

Andy Pasternak, a family doctor in Reno, saw more than 100 new Medicaid patients last year after the state expanded the insurance program for the poor under the Affordable Care Act.<p>But he won't be taking any new ones this year. That's because the law's two-year pay raise for primary care doctors …

Teen girls have different brains: Gender, neuroscience and the truth about adolescence

It’s indisputably true that in adolescence there are real differences in some brain functions with males, females<p>The first talk I ever gave on the teenage brain was in 2007 at my sons’ school, Concord Academy. The principal, guidance counselor, and teachers had been so good to my kids and really …

Gut microbes and the brain: paradigm shift in neuroscience.

2014 Nov 12;34(46):15490-6. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3299-14.2014.<p>1Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Departments of Medicine, Physiology, …

Researchers identify new neurological disorder linked to Alzheimer's

In a new study, researchers have identified a new neurological disease that they say causes the same cognitive impairments as Alzheimer's disease but …

Dementia

10 Medical Breakthroughs That Sound Like Science Fiction

Medicine

Three books by doctors on greed, empathy and end-of-life care

<b>BEING MORTAL</b><p><b>Medicine and What<br>Matters in the End</b><p>By Atul Gawande<p>Metropolitan. 282 pp. $26<p><b>DOCTORED</b><p><b>The Disillusionment<br>of an American Physician</b><p>By Sandeep Jauhar<p>Farrar Straus Giroux. 268 pp. $26<p><b>INTERNAL MEDICINE</b><p><b>A Doctor’s Stories</b><p>By Terrence Holt<p>Liveright. 273 pp. $24.95<p><i>Susan Okie is a clinical assistant</i> …