Michael Harris

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The Illicit Perks of the M.D. Club

ONE of my patients recently had her request for a relatively common medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Vyvanse, denied by her insurance provider. I tried to appeal the decision, but her father — the chief executive of a health care company who purchased insurance for hundreds …

Health Care
Political Science

Here are the 5 books Bill Gates wants you to read this summer

Billionaire's beach reading suggestions include mathematician's "How Not to Be Wrong" and an 800-page Neal Stephenson novel.<p>You may not be able to vacation like a billionaire this summer, but you can read like one.<p>Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates released his annual recommended reading list for …

Bill Gates

"Shields Up!" How Microvilli Act As A Barrier Against Attack

What would a science fiction universe be like without those shields? The use of electrostatic energy to protect a person or spacecraft is a necessity to fend off an enemy attack. Depending on the source, these barriers can neutralize, deflect and even repel whatever weapon might be used and give …

E.coli

There’s much more to IQ than biology and DNA

The claim by Michael Gove’s adviser Dominic Cummings that exam results are in the genes suggests he needs to take a few biology lessons<p>There was a bit of a spat about my own trade last week. Intelligence, so Michael Gove’s special adviser told us, is due to genetics. Dominic Cummings is convinced …

How Imagination Works

A small new study images the brain's "mental workspace."<p>Look at these shapes for a few seconds. Then close your eyes, and try to imagine how they look. Try to take the mental image of one of them and break the shape into pieces in your mind, or combine it with another shape to make something …

Will 'VIP' protect us from the flu and HIV and malaria? - Futurity

Scientists are testing an alternative approach to vaccines to protect us from a whole host of diseases—and so far the results are promising.

Malaria
Income Inequality

Inside the Inscrutable Physics of a Heart Murmur

The hushed rumble of disrupted blood flow hides a mathematical monster.<p>The sound is not unlike the distorted low-end bass of an overpowered speaker or jagged whoosh of air against a microphone diaphragm. Next to the even, angular tocks of heart valves opening and closing, the rumble of a heart …

Physics

Researchers Discover New Epigenetic Mechanism in Brain Cells

<b>For decades, researchers in the genetics field have theorized that the protein spools around which DNA is wound, histones, remain constant in the</b> …

Neuroscience

Lexus Unveils The Lexus Of Hoverboards

Hoverbort hoverbort<p>Set in the far-off year of 2015, the 1989 film <i>Back To The Future: Part II</i> features a complex meditation on fate and foreknowledge of events. More importantly, it also has freakin’ hoverboards, the logical next step from earth-bound skateboards. Now, luxury carmaker Lexus created …

Robots

Bats, crocodiles and explosions -- and no, it's not a Michael Bay film

A YouTuber with access to special-effects software "Bruckheimers" up a BBC nature documentary series with lightsabers, lasers and things that go BOOM.<p>Nature documentaries may be thrilling to watch, but let's face it, the young crowds aren't exactly racing to theaters or setting their TiVos to …

Nature

'Stop Googling your symptoms', teenage cancer victim told before death

Hospital admits it 'did not listen with sufficient attention' to fears of teenager whose online research of symptoms was dismissed by doctors before death<p>A teenager who begged doctors to take her health fears seriously in the months before she died from a rare cancer was told by medics to "stop …

Jae Won Joh's answer to What does it feel like to have saved a life using first aid and/or CPR?

I wish I could say it rocks.<p>Patient's heart stops. You check for a pulse and it's not there. You call upon your knowledge of CPR/ACLS, and your heart …

Medicine

Green scream: The top 10 Shia LaBeouf motivational mashup videos

When Shia LaBeouf, a movie star who's no longer famous (his words), went crazy in front of a green screen for an art school video, the Internet stepped in to do what it does best.<p>What happened to Shia LaBeouf? He went from being the precocious little kid on the Disney Channel's "Even Stevens" to a …

Top 10

CRISPR, the disruptor

A powerful gene-editing technology is the biggest game changer to hit biology since PCR. But with its huge potential come pressing concerns.<p>Three …

Genetics

Doctors need to treat their patients with respect

When was the last time you were an hour late for a deeply important professional meeting, sauntered in, sat down and — without so much as a word of …

Neil deGrasse Tyson shares meaning of life with 6-year-old, nails it

It's an impossible question to answer -- unless you're Neil deGrasse Tyson. Watch the famed astrophysicist take on a young boy's loaded query, and knock it out of the park.<p>As an astrophysicist and host of last year's " Cosmos" reboot, Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken on explanations of physics, …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Key decisions on drones likely from Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.<p>Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to …

Ido Bachelet announces 2015 human trial of DNA nanobots to fight cancer and soon to repair spinal cords

At the British Friends of Bar-Ilan University’s event in Otto Uomo October 2014 Professor Ido Bachelet announced the beginning of the human treatment …