Ellen Whyte

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Decision-making suffers when cancer patients avoid math

Many of the toughest decisions faced by cancer patients involve knowing how to use numbers — calculating risks, evaluating treatment options and …

Cancer

How to Teach Your Kids About Money When Back-to-School Shopping

It may still be summer break in many parts of the country, but walk into any big box retailer and you’ll see that back-to-school season is in full …

Shopping

People Age Better If They Have a Purpose In Life

Having a purpose in life may help people maintain their function and independence as they age, according to a new study published in <i>JAMA Psychiatry</i>. …

Longevity

GoDaddy Joins the Resistance

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands behind a crowd of hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the “alt-right” …

Censorship

Bored reading science? Let's change how scientists write

As research scientists, we read a lot of scientific papers.<p>But it may surprise you to learn that a lot of the time we – yes, we scientists – don’t …

Writing

13% of Americans Take Antidepressants

Antidepressants are one of the most popular classes of drugs in the United States, and their usage shows no signs of waning.<p>A new report from the …

Depression

What causes depression? What we know, don’t know and suspect

The term and even diagnosis of “depression” can have different meanings and consequences. Depression can be a normal mood state, a clinical disorder, …

Depression

My Brother, the Violent Offender

Illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Thinkstock. My brother Aaron, a violent felon, is neither my brother nor violent. The fact that …

Justice

Watching children learn how to lie

For the liar, telling a lie has obvious costs. Keeping track of the lies one tells and trying to maintain the plausibility of a fictional narrative …

Psychology

Things to Do When You’re Mostly Housebound

Painting by Albert Edelfelt, 1879Source: Public DomainDue to chronic pain and illness, I’ve had over sixteen years to adjust to being mostly …

Arthritis
Psychology

Mary Beard is right, Roman Britain was multi-ethnic – so why does this upset people so much?

Nil nimium studeo, Caesar, tibi velle placere,<br>nec scire utrum sis albus an ater homo.<p>I’m not overly anxious, Caesar, to please you,<br>Or to know whether …

Roman Empire

Woman Leaves Back Door Open As Storm Approaches, Then Walks Inside To Find 3 Baby Deer

Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.<p>If you live in or around any wooded area, chances are …

Babies

Do men and women really find different words funny? Here's what the research says

Is the word “booty” really funnier than “ass”? And does the word “bondage” raise a laugh more than “giggle”? A new behaviour research study looks at …

Language

I was an intersex child who had surgery. Don't put other kids through this.

Doctors and parents are doing irreversible harm solely due to discomfort with difference. We are erased before we can even tell them who we are.<p>I was born with typically “male” XY chromosomes and internal testes instead of ovaries and a uterus, but my body developed to appear typically female.<p>My …

LGBTQ

9 Facts about 'Silent Spring' Author Rachel Carson | Mental Floss

Although she spent most of her career as a marine biologist, Rachel Carson (1907–1964) is remembered mostly for raising the alarm over the dangers of …

Women in Science

The Eerie Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Wonders

Beware of trolls.<p>The scenic country of Iceland is known for its friendly locals, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and some of the best views of the Aurora Borealis in the world. A lesser known aspect of the popular tourist destination is its quirky and distinctive folklore, which feature characters such as …

4 reasons why you should never feel ashamed of your divorce

Divorce doesn't have to send you into hiding. Unsplash/One Wedding<p><b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>Our lack of discussion around divorce can lead those who get divorced to feel shame about it.</b>• <b><br>Experts told INSIDER that those going through a divorce should cut out toxic people, realize they're not alone in this,</b> …

Divorce

Cancer-nursing cat Genie named Cat of the Year

<b>A rescue cat that helped its owner through bone cancer treatment has been named National Cat of the Year.</b><p>Genie was honoured for comforting her owner Evie Henderson, 11, from Lincoln, through six rounds of chemotherapy.<p>Evie was diagnosed with bone cancer in March 2016 and said Genie's company helped …

Cats

Primary schools are losing more and more male teachers, so how can we retain them?

The percentage of male primary school teachers in Australia has decreased in recent decades, from 30.24% in 1983 to 18.26% in 2016. Education …

Teaching

Teen suicides now outnumber homicides — and smartphone use could be playing a major role

The mental health of teens has declined significantly as smartphones have become prominent. Getty Images/Spencer Platt<p><b>Suicide among teens is at a two-decade high, even surpassing the rate of homicide in that age group.</b><p><b>Smartphones and social media seem to create feelings of loneliness and may be</b> …

Social Media

New Study Gives Hope to Victims of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

New research on chronic fatigue syndrome has shed light on possible causes for this mysterious illness, and has given hope to the millions of people …

Fibromyalgia

7 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Spend More Time Alone

When I suggest spending a few minutes alone to clients in my therapy office I often hear comments like, “I’m too busy to make time for myself,” or “I can’t sit still. I need to be productive.”<p>Inserting a little solitude into your overfilled schedule isn’t a waste of time, however. The busier you …

This Is Why I Quit Exercise Therapy

When it comes to my illness, I've learned to listen to my symptoms, trust my body, and give it the one thing it really needs: rest.<p><b>It took 11 medical appointments</b> across 20 weeks of pain and despair before I finally got a diagnosis.<p>For months, I’d been suffering from exhaustion so extreme that bit …

Mind

There’s a biological reason you feel down after having the time of your life

Think about the last time you were really happy. Not just when you were pleasantly surprised, or you had a “nice” time, but rather a moment in which you were smiling uncontrollably and laughing not because someone said something funny, but because it was a moment of pure bliss.<p>Those moments tend to …

Happiness

Should I Help My Patients Die?

OAKLAND, Calif. — I WAS leafing through a patient’s chart last year when a colleague tapped me on the shoulder. “I have a patient who is asking about the End of Life Option Act,” he said in a low voice. “Can we even do that here?”<p>I practice both critical and palliative care medicine at a public …

Health Care

I interviewed convicted rapists in New Delhi – and then found one of their young victims

A ten-year-old girl was recently denied an abortion by the Supreme Court of India. She was a victim of rape, which she alleges was perpetrated by her …

Crime

Why Eye Contact Is So Distressing For People With Autism

A study shows eye contact has nothing to do with empathy and we may need to rethink its importance in our society.<p>When Xolie Morra Cogley greets clients at her dog grooming business in Seattle, she struggles to make eye contact, a common trait among people with autism. Once the customers leave, eye …

Autism