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Stanford researchers: The secret to overcoming the opioid crisis may lie partly in the mind

Chronic pain affects an estimated one in three Americans — more than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. This widespread struggle has led to the wide use of pain medications, and a mounting national crisis of opioid addiction and deaths. It’s enough to make you wonder whether there’s a …

Arthritis

Three Things I Learned from Teaching Happiness

Since 2014, I have been co-instructing the Greater Good Science Center’s free massive open online course called GG101x: The Science of Happiness. To …

Happiness

Hate Your Job? It’s Illegal For Your Boss To Force You To Act Happy

All the perks in the world don’t need to make you smile, says the government.<p>More managers than ever are striving to create a happy workplace culture brimming with enthusiasm, rainbows, and increasingly obscure perks. But can a company actually require that employees be positive at work?<p>The …

The Workplace

7 dumb things you do every day that are not your fault

Despite the best efforts of scientists, the human mind is still an enigma.<p>What we do know is that our brains are crammed with absurdly complex wiring, leading us to ask ourselves almost daily, "why did I do that?" and "how could I forget that?" and "what the heck is wrong with me?"<p>Below are seven …

The Brain

What is Meta-Mindfulness?

<i>“The world is won by those who let it go.” -Lao Tzu</i><p>Writing provides an excellent precedent for living when done with a certain degree of abandon. I …

Harper Lee, author of classic novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' dies at 89

"To Kill a Mockingbird," the classic 1960 novel about racism in a small Southern town, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, became a staple of high school reading lists and turned its author into one of American literature's most revered figures.<p>But fame and its burdens overwhelmed Harper Lee, who …

Literature

C.J., the German Shorthaired Pointer, Is Best in Show: Pictures

Hair

8 Subconscious Behaviors That Are Keeping You From Having the Life You Want

Every generation has a "monoculture" of sorts, a governing pattern or system of beliefs that people unconsciously accept as "truth." It's easy to identify the monoculture of Germany in the 1930s, or America in 1776. It's clear what people at those times, in those places, accepted to be "good" and …

Here's what happened when scientists erased memories of using meth in mice

This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs —methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA — relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of …

The Brain

A Night in the Botanical Garden

<b>What:</b> The New York Botanical Garden’s 2015 Conservatory Ball “A Night in Coyoacan,” sponsored by Carolina Herrera<p><b>When:</b> Thursday, June 4th<p><b>Where:</b> The New York Botanical Garden<p><b>Who:</b> Carolina Herrera was joined by a bouquet of young women all wearing her dresses, among them her daughters Carolina …

The Underwater Internet

A wireless world relies on more than cloud technology. Half-century-old cable stations are critical nodes where messages can still be delayed, censored, or intercepted.<p>In 1962, during a period of technological and political transition in the undersea-cable industry, the Keawaula cable station was …

Barack Obama

Pot plants: Officials investigating how flower beds were used to grow MARIJUANA in the middle of the Kazakhstan capital

• <b>Hundreds of marijuana plants found growing in flower beds in Astana City</b>• <b><br>Officials cannot explain how the herbs got there, or who planted</b> …

National Geographic Travel

What It's Like to Have a Suicidal Best Friend

The frustration that accompanies being friends with someone with mental illness has nothing to do with the friend herself. I am frustrated that her medications don't work, the doctors can't seem to help her, and neither can I.<p>I don't remember many details about the first time my best friend told me …

Mental Health

How To Have Flat Stomach Starting Today

The best way to get a flat tummy is to have a fat reduction plan that is developed for your particular needs. The only way that you can establish …

Creativity

Shellfish species shrinking as rising carbon emissions hit marine life

Biologists warn that hundreds of species could die or weaken as growing levels of CO2 make oceans more acidic and disrupt shell formation<p>Sea creatures are set to shrink as the world’s oceans become more acidic. That is the startling warning given by an international group of biologists who have …

Giggles The Pig Runs For Mayor Against 2 Convicted Felons

Politics in Flint, Michigan, got a whole lot dirtier with the announcement that Giggles the pig has put her curly tail into the ring as candidate for mayor against two convicted felons, including one who served nearly 20 years for murder.<p>"If she wins, they'll have to build her a little fence …

Get your Sagan on with 50 awe-inspiring photos of the final frontier

Once Sputnik 1 was successfully hurled into orbit in 1957, spaceflight was no longer a mere pipe dream reserved for the pages of fiction. Shortly …

Google Street View

Oldest medical marijuana collective is crowdfunding to save operation

The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana a.k.a WAMM has been operating out of Santa Cruz, California for over two decades, but the collective is …

Incredible Medibles: Marijuana Meets Culinary Innovation

In March, Ben and Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield told HuffPost Live they’d consider making a marijuana ice cream for markets with …

Want to Burn Fat? Then Eat More (Not Less) Food - Dr. Mark Hyman

While my books and lectures often focus on weight loss, I never tell my patients to lose weight. I simply help them restore health, and the magic of …

Nutrition

Meditation Could Help Alleviate Gut Disorder Symptoms

By: Esha Dey<p>Published: May 13, 2015 07:37am ET on LiveScience.com.<p>If you thought meditation was only good for your emotional well-being, think again. A new study shows that meditation may actually alleviate the symptoms of two gut disorders by altering certain genetic signals.<p>The study looked at …

Bamboo Mathematicians

In the late 1960s, a species of bamboo called <i>Phyllostachys bambusoides</i>–commonly known as the Chinese Mainland Bamboo or Japanese Timber Bamboo–burst into flower. The species originated in China, was introduced to Japan, and later into the United States and other countries. And when I say it …

Biology