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Is It a Migraine? Many Patients Don’t Realize What Causes Their Suffering

The first of a new class of drugs to prevent migraines was approved last week. The medication, called Aimovig, reduces the frequency of migraines among those severely afflicted, but the drug rarely prevents these episodes altogether. One expert called it “progress but not a panacea.” Migraine is …

Prosthetics

Save Your Money: Dermatologists Say These Are the 10 Best Drugstore Moisturizers

I love Sephora as much as the next woman. And those pink Glossier bags? I reuse them, too. But as high-end and brand-forward as these two outposts …

The 20 Easiest Dog Breeds to Own

Hoping to bring a dog into your home? Some people are happy to adopt any dog who’s at the shelter. And some opt to follow the pack and choose one of …

Food safety: Are the sniff test, the five-second rule and rare burgers safe?

There are many rules in food safety lore, some that have a basis in fact, and some that are purely grounded in convenience. But it's important to …

Why Dogs Really Do Love You, According to Science

Too pure for this world.<p>You’re not just imagining it: There’s substantial research to support the claim that dogs truly adore their owners. An animal …

Pets

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

The problem isn’t your social skills<p>It is rarely helpful to tell a shy person to “just be yourself!” Riffing on that frustrating exchange, clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has written a book that she hopes will answer the question the anxious person usually asks in return: How?<p>Hendriksen …

Scott Kelly’s genes and NASA’s twin study on him, explained

The astronaut’s DNA didn’t change in space. Here’s what might have.<p>Scott Kelly did not mutate into a genetic freak during his year living aboard the International Space Station.<p>You might have gotten that impression last week, though, when several news outlets wrongly reported that 7 percent of the …

The Nancy Pelosi Problem

The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times—and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified.<p>Last May, <i>The</i><i>Washington Post</i>’s James Hohmann noted “an uncovered dynamic” that helped explain the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare. Three current …

Bill Clinton

Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani has been found to contain tiny plastic particles that you're drinking

When you drink from a plastic bottle of fresh H20, you're sipping more than just water.<p>A new report from Orb Media reveals how major bottled water brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle and Evian all have tens, hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of microplastic particles floating in their …

How To Break Your Phone Addiction

I got my first smartphone in the summer of 2012, and ever since, I’ve found myself wishing I had stuck with my flip phone. It’s not that I hate my …

University of California

Scientists Finally Know Why Tattoo Ink Lasts Even Though Skin Regenerates

No wonder they're so hard to get rid of.<p>If the skin regenerates itself every couple of weeks, then why do tattoos last for <i>years</i>? Sure, we know that …

Immune System

These Viruses Found in Brazil Are So Huge They're Challenging What We Think a 'Virus' Is

This could change everything.<p>Scientists have discovered two new kinds of virus in Brazil that display such size and genetic complexity we may need to …

Biology

Flu drug designed to kill the virus in a day approved in Japan

A new drug that its makers say will kill the flu virus in just a day, called Xofluza, just received a fast-tracked approval that could bring it to …

The Myth of What’s Driving the Opioid Crisis

Doctor-prescribed painkillers are not the biggest threat.<p>As an addiction psychiatrist, I have watched with serious concern as the opioid crisis has escalated in the United States over the past several years, and overdose deaths have skyrocketed. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease …

A Review of 6,000 Studies Across Two Decades Delivers Its Verdict on GMO Corn

We'll just leave this here...<p>There is a great deal of misinformation out there regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs).<p>From monikers like …

Agriculture

#MeToo in medicine: Women, harassed in hospitals and operating rooms, await reckoning

Inside a bright operating room, Dr. Christina Jenkins gripped her surgical clamp, ready to remove a skin graft.<p>With her was a scrub tech, an anesthesiologist, and, across the operating table, the attending physician — a veteran trauma and burn surgeon.<p>Jenkins, a resident at the time who was just …

Sexual Harassment

Doctors Release Details on The Illness US Diplomats Suffered in Cuba, And It Gets Weirder

"This is concussion without blunt head trauma."<p>In the fall of 2016, United States diplomats posted in Cuba started to experience hearing loss, …

University of Pennsylvania

Why your home is a worse investment than you think

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this column about homes as investments left out data and used the wrong time frame in the example given. Because of those errors, the annual return on that home investment appeared smaller than it would have been</i>.<p>Are you as foolishly lavish as me? …

Real Estate

Here are the salaries you need for life satisfaction and emotional well-being, psychologists say

A $95,000 annual salary is what you need for life satisfaction, a group of psychologists have concluded. But if you’re just going for emotional well-being? A range of $60,000 to $75,000 a year will do the trick, they added.<p>Those are the figures psychologists from Purdue University and the …

Salaries & Wages

These photos reveal why women are abandoning Victoria's Secret for American Eagle's Aerie underwear brand

On Thursday, American Eagle Outfitters-owned underwear brand Aerie reported a record-high 38% increase in same-store sales for the first quarter of 2018.<p>"Aerie is simply on fire," Jennifer Foyle, Aerie's global brand president, said in a call with investors on Thursday morning.<p>"We have only just …

Advertising

Why Millennials are choosing to be physician assistants, not doctors

WILMINGTON, Del. — Victoria Calo is just 20 years old and already has her life planned out.<p>The current University of Delaware junior will graduate with a degree in exercise science next year and then almost immediately return to the classroom as a graduate student in a physician assistant …

Health Care

Alcohol 'more damaging to brain health than marijuana'

With marijuana legalization on the rise, an increasing number of studies are exploring the drug's potential harms and benefits. However, a new study …

This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry

Yes, Uma Thurman is mad.<p>She has been raped. She has been sexually assaulted. She has been mangled in hot steel. She has been betrayed and gaslighted by those she trusted.<p>And we’re not talking about her role as the blood-spattered bride in “Kill Bill.” We’re talking about a world that is just as …

Kill Bill

How democracies die, explained

The problems in American democracy run far deeper than Trump.<p>There are images that come to mind when we imagine a democracy’s end. Democracies fall in coups and revolutions, burn in fires and riots, collapse amid war and plague. When they die, they die screaming.<p>Not anymore, argue Steven Levitsky …

What STIs can you get from oral sex?

Some people mistakenly believe that it is rare or impossible for sexually transmitted infections to be spread through oral sex.<p>However, it is …

Public Health

Michael Wolff and the Smearing of Nikki Haley

It’s an age-old story, and a uniquely tiresome one: a woman’s reputation, sold out to sell stuff.<p>“She had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers. … The president had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One, and was seen to be grooming her …

Donald Trump

Scientists Just Identified The Physical Source of Anxiety in The Brain

And they can control it with light.<p>We're not wired to feel safe all the time, but maybe one day we could be.<p>A new study investigating the …

Horses Have Four Secret Toes Hidden in Their Bodies, Say Scientists

"It's in plain sight. They just didn't see it."<p>Lots of animals are evolutionary amputees. No, that doesn’t mean they got limbs cut off by a doctor — …

Paleontology

How 'provocative clothes' affect the brain – and why it's no excuse for assault

Sterling work by undercover reporters for the Financial Times have caused a storm around the Presidents Club. Reports of their annual gala dinner involving horrific harassment of hostesses, paid (surprisingly little) to cater to the whims of rich powerful men under alarmingly draconian conditions …

Me Too movement

Why the 20/10 method can change the way you clean your house

You're busy, things pile up until you can't stand it or all of a sudden you have company coming over — and you have to do something about it right now. Then you go into a mad dash to clean everything. And you hate every minute of it. Does this approach to cleaning house sound familiar?<p>You're not …

Cleaning