Raphael Matheus

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'Non-GMO' Does Not Mean Organic, Folks

It's time to clear up some confusion on this matter.<p>It appears that sales of foods touting an absence of genetically-modified ingredients are booming in the U.S. — but some people may be surprised to learn what’s actually in such foods in lieu of GMOs.<p>Sales of products labeled by the Non-GMO …

What happens in the brain when you learn a language?

Scans and neuroscience are helping scientists understand what happens to the brain when you learn a second language • Are drugs the answer to language learning? - video<p>Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain …

You CAN have brains and beauty! Russian girl, 21, who arrived in UK speaking just six words of English is now Masters student competing for Miss World University

• <b>Maria Rimmer-Turbakova left Russia aged 11 when mother married Brit</b>• <b><br>Only knew six words but went on to get 9 GCSEs and four A-Levels</b>• <b><br>Graduated from</b> …

Toddler brain scan gives language insight

<b>The brain has a critical window for language development between the ages of two and four, brain scans suggest.</b><p>Environmental influences have their biggest impact before the age of four, as the brain's wiring develops to process new words, say UK and US scientists.<p>The research in The Journal of …

The birth of a word

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment …

Though climate change is a crisis, the population threat is even worse

While the Paris climate summit focuses on global warming, the key issue is the prospect of 10 billion people on Earth<p>The perennial cry: we need to talk about climate change. And this week, with world leaders in Paris, we have been. But only up to a point. For the likely impact of the rising global …

My Placebo programme on BBC Radio 4

I’ve been so busy I completely failed to spot that this show went out earlier this evening. It’s a smashing programme I made with Matt Silver from …

How healthy living nearly killed me

For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet …

Tax on sugary drinks could save lives

A tax on sugary drinks could save lives and reduce New Zealand's obesity burden, new research shows.<p>Research published today in the New Zealand …

Best of both worlds

Should the NHS embrace complementary medicine? Devon GP Michael Dixon argues the case for an integrated health service<p>The NHS debate - Observer special<p>Some 40 per cent of GPs are happy to recommend complementary therapies to their patients - indeed, 20 per cent offer them on their premises. But for …

Not so complementary

The name-calling that greeted this month's ruling on the labelling of homeopathic remedies was unconstructive and predictable, says Nicola Sturzaker<p>The launch this month of the national rules system, designed to bring homeopathic remedies into line with licensed medicines and allow packaging on …

Homeopathy, quackery and fraud

Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational …

Head-to-head: Complementary medicine

<b>Some of Britain's leading doctors have urged NHS trusts to stop using complementary therapies.</b><p>They argue there is little firm evidence that techniques such as homoeopathy work.<p>And they say it is wrong that complementary methods are not subject to the same vigorous tests as orthodox …

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