Linda Phung

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When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

Medicine

The 100 best nonfiction books: the story so far

At the halfway point in his series, our columnist reflects on what constitutes a classic, the selection process and the omissions he regrets<p>As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and a polemical African American social scientist (Lytton Strachey and WEB Du …

Donald Trump's Authoritarian Politics of Memory

Driven by opportunism, pragmatism, or fear, many begin to forget that they used to think certain things were unacceptable.<p>In <i>The Captive Mind</i>, Czeslaw Milosz tells a story about a man who ventures out in the immediate aftermath of the fall of a regime. Papers full of state secrets lie in the …

Donald Trump

Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him

<i>Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic for The New York Times, interviewed President Obama about literature on Friday at the White House. Here are excerpts from the conversation, which have been edited and condensed.</i><p><b>These books that you gave to your daughter Malia</b> <b>on the Kindle,</b> <b>what were they? S</b><b>ome</b> …

Books

14 Top-Rated Day Trips from San Francisco

In an incomparable setting of rolling hills overlooking a sparkling emerald-green bay, San Francisco is close to some of California's most beautiful …

The Caster Semenya debate | The Science of Sport

So… Yesterday, Caster Semenya won the Monaco Diamond League 800m in 1:55.33. She ran it like an interval session – 56s to the bell, then really shut …

As a mental health nurse, people don't realise I'm more soldier than nurse

They imagine me making up beds and giving out medication. They don’t see the steel behind my eyes<p>When I tell people I am a nurse working on an acute psychiatric ward they often say, “That must be hard”. They imagine something quite different from reality. They see me by the bedside of a crying …

Mental Health

The holiday is near, and so are some great outdoor getaways

A boat ride on the bay for $15 where you “just show up,” a pretty drive and trek to see tule elk, and the best whale-watching of the year out of the Golden Gate highlight the coming holiday weekend in the Bay Area.<p>These are among 25 great trips you can do without any planning, and usually without …

Hiking

How This Entrepreneur Is Revolutionizing Customer Service In An Old Age Business Model

Your main USP doesn't need to only be technology.<p>While the debate over the payday loan industry in the US continues, a company in the UK has invented a revolutionary model that is changing the industry as we know it today. I spoke to Ofer Valencio Akerman, the man behind this new concept.<p>Our aim …