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Why don't we know more about migraines?

Migraines affect one in every five women and is the world’s second-largest contributor to years of disability. But research remains severely underfunded – and some specialists dismiss it as a 'real neurology’.<p>The first time I experienced a migraine was one evening after school. A dull headache …

Migraines

The Truth About 'Video Game Addiction'

When one of <i>World of Warcraft</i>’s top ten guilds recruited Cam as their chief hunter, his suicidal thoughts surged. To earn the enviable invitation, Cam …

Mental Health

The Trouble With Tablets

Automated self-pay tablets, particularly those mounted on dinner tables, have thoroughly infiltrated America’s restaurant chains. Even if advances in …

ziosk

Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist

Whenever a word or phrase bursts into the cultural zeitgeist, instead of embracing it, I have a tendency to resist. I do not “unpack” things, I talk …

Donald Trump

He is a Member of a Violent White Supremacist Group; So Why is He Working for a Defense Contractor with a Security Clearance?

<i>This story is part of an ongoing collaboration between</i> <i>ProPublica</i> <i>and FRONTLINE that includes documentaries scheduled to begin on PBS in August 2018.</i><p><i>If</i> …

Rights & Freedoms

Will we stop speaking and just text?

The young often text more than make calls so is speech itself doomed? Texting may be closer to speech than formal written language, writes James Harbeck.<p>Say this out loud: <i>zomg wtfffffff im going 2 pwn you!!!!1111 lololol</i><p>Well, OK, you can’t. And yet, in its loosely structured live interactivity, …

Language

From Meditation to Medication: Headspace Has a Prescription Strategy

The mindfulness app plans a new company with the goal of developing FDA-approved treatments for health problems<p>By<p>Sumathi Reddy<p>Sumathi Reddy<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@rddysum<p>Sumathi.Reddy@wsj.com<p>You might know Headspace as a meditation app. What if it were also a prescription medication?<p>The …

Meditation

Five Features of Better Arguments

A former Clinton administration official studied how to facilitate more constructive arguments among Americans. These are his conclusions.<p>Earlier this month, amid a particularly trying stretch on social media, I joked that I would soon be launching <i>Ad Hominem</i>, “a new journal of non-ideas founded in …

Bill Clinton

Dear White People, We Know How Racist Your Elite Universities Are

Those of us who live on the margins of structural power – because of our gender, sexuality, race, religion and more – can tell you that life is a …

Cambridge University

Black Wall Street: The African American Haven That Burned and Then Rose From the Ashes

“Don’t you realize that Greenwood was Wakanda before Wakanda?”<p>It’s a sweltering May evening in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a local poet named …

Black History

How your age affects your appetite

We all need food every day, but our changing relationship with it through the years can have a big impact on our health.<p>Do you eat to live or live to eat? We have a complicated relationship with food, influenced by cost, availability and even peer pressure. But something we all share is appetite – …

Holistic Medicine

Behind the secret U.S. war in Africa

Despite Pentagon assertions, secret programs allow American troops to direct combat raids in Somalia, Kenya, Niger and other African nations.<p>American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly …

Military

Why is Juul worth $16 billion? It’s more like a cigarette than you think

“This is a recipe for addiction.”<p>E-cigarette start-up Juul is raising $1.2 billion against a $15 billion valuation — which will up the company’s worth to more than $16 billion, <i>Bloomberg</i> reported last week. Why is it so valuable? Selling nicotine has been a good business model for a long time, and …

Public Health

Doctors botch blood pressure readings more often than you think

High blood pressure is a silent killer. Here’s why doctors often fail to catch it.<p>Picture the last time your doctor checked your blood pressure. Were you sitting in a chair? Were you relaxed? Were you silent? Did your doctor or nurse take more than one reading?<p>Chances are, the answer to one or more …

Diabetes

A Guide To Mosquito Repellents, From DEET To ... Gin And Tonic?

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>This story was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.</i><p>People do the darnedest things in hopes of avoiding mosquito bites. They burn cow dung, coconut shells or coffee. They drink gin and tonic. They eat bananas. They spray themselves with mouthwash or slather themselves in …

Public Health

No Air Conditioner Needed: These Buildings Cool Themselves

Bioclimatic design could go a long way toward reducing energy costs—and our carbon footprint.<p>The average temperature for June and July in Pomona, …

Green Living

The Only 10 Foods That All Nutritionists Recommend

There are so many clashing nutrition philosophies in the world, it can make a person's head explode. I learned this firsthand when I sent my weeklong …

You probably won’t remember this, but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

America Doesn’t Have a Gun Control Problem. We Have a White-People Problem

Last August, as my wife and I and two of our friends biked through the Great Allegheny Passage in McKeesport, Pa., a city 12 miles from Pittsburgh, I …

Gun Control

The best time of day to learn a new language, according to Duolingo data

Are you a night owl or a morning person?<p>If you’re among the hundreds of millions of people learning a foreign language, being an insomniac could end up working in your favor: If you regularly practice the language you are learning at night, just before you go to sleep, it appears that you’re more …

Language Learning

Another Perspective on the SPLC’s Report on Teaching Slavery

Last week the Southern Poverty Law Center released the results of a survey it conducted on the current state of how the history of slavery is taught …

Slavery Is Mistaught and Misunderstood in U.S. High Schools

Just eight percent of American high school seniors can identify the cause of the Civil War; less than a third (32 percent) know which amendment …

Texas student body president apologizes for Instagram comments called racist by classmates

The student body president at Texas State University apologized Thursday night after classmates shared images and comments <b></b>he had posted on social media that many students found racist and offensive.<p>“Did I do something stupid four years ago? Yes,” Connor Clegg, a senior, said by telephone Friday. …

The airlines that have never had a single plane crash

While any plane crash in the modern age may feel like a freak occurrence, there’s no escaping the fact that some airlines are safer than others.<p>That much is made by clear by the existence of an EU “blacklist” of carriers banned from flying above European airspace (don’t worry, none you know), but a …

Only 5 Nations Can Hit Any Place on Earth With a Missile. For Now.

North Korea is among a number of countries that have been working to improve the accuracy and range of their missiles.

North Korea

Unmarried middle-class parents more likely to see their children drop in social status

Middle-class parents who fail to get married are more likely to see their children drop in social status as they get older, a study suggests.<p>Figures show that professional parents who are unmarried are much more likely to have a child who receives state benefits during their lives.<p>And while …

The Facts About Who Pays the Most in Taxes in America

Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation.<p>Today some …

Retirement

Math Suggests Inequality Can Be Fixed With Wealth Redistribution, Not Tax Cuts

A new report from the Complex Systems Institute justifies wealth redistribution with mathematics.<p>In the last 30 years, income inequality has grown at a rate that hasn't been seen since just prior to the Great Depression. As Occupy Wall Street sought to remind us, the top 1 percent of the US earns …

15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

Why White People Feel Oppressed, Explained

As<p>oury’all’sCommandercolluder-in-chief prepares for his first official vacation (even though he has taken more days off than any recent president, …

Donald Trump