Sarah Rutstein

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Background TV: Children Exposed to Four Hours a Day

Even if we aren’t actively watching TV, most of us leave the set on in the background. But that may have detrimental effects on children in the home, …

Is technology scrambling my baby's brain?

I reached the breaking point, as many parents do, about two and a half months in. My newborn son, Oliver, was hitting a phase where his five senses were really coming online. The mere act of being awake was often overstimulating; sometimes he would start to cry when we turned on a bright light or …

The Touch-Screen Generation

Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?<p>On a chilly day last spring, a few dozen developers of children’s apps for phones and tablets gathered at an old beach resort in Monterey, California, to show off their …

Sick

I visit him on Tuesday nights at the only time they’ll let me see him. I show the receptionist my driver’s license, confirm my social security number …

Up All Night

The science of sleeplessness.<p>Nathaniel Kleitman, known as the “father of modern sleep research,” was born in 1895 in Bessarabia—now Moldova—and spent much of his youth on the run. First, pogroms drove him to Palestine; then the First World War chased him to the United States. At the age of twenty, …

Why doctors fail

Every family has its pivotal medical moments. One of ours was in July 1995 when my son Walker was just 11 days old. He had difficulty taking his feeds, he couldn’t hold anything down, and we took him to the paediatrician. The paediatrician put her stethoscope on his chest, listened for a moment, …

Love works its magic in mysterious biochemical ways – Barbara Fredrickson

Nearly 60 years ago, a decade before the counterculture erupted throughout the United States and beyond, Aldous Huxley described his first experience …

Medicine and Its Metaphors

Image by Donald Urquhart<p>Whenever I complained of a sore throat as a child, my father would press his fingers gently behind my jawbone, checking for …

How the Web Became Our 'External Brain,' and What It Means for Our Kids

Recently, my two-year-old nephew Benjamin came across a copy of <i>Vanity Fair</i> abandoned on the floor. His eyes scanned the glossy cover, which shone …

Blind Curve

By Debbie Hagan<p>I pause at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the teenage residents hall in this psychiatric hospital where my thirteen-year-old …

Google trial lets you chat with doctors when you search for symptoms

Searching the web for symptoms of illness can be dangerous -- you could identify a real condition, but you also risk scaring yourself for no reason through a misdiagnosis. Google might have a solution that puts your mind at ease, though. The company has confirmed to Engadget that it's testing a …

Tesla Model S gains Autopilot, all-wheel-drive option

At an event crowded with Tesla fans in Los Angeles, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced advanced driver-assistance systems in the Model S, along with an all-wheel-drive option.<p>LOS ANGELES -- Tesla's electric Model S has proven a very technically advanced car, except in regard to driver-assistance …

Google trialling free video chats with doctors when you search for symptoms

Google has confirmed to <i>Engadget</i> that it is trialling a feature which detects when someone is searching for symptoms of an illness, and proactively offers a video chat with a doctor.<p>The message states that “all costs are covered by Google during this limited trial,” suggesting that the service will …

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.<p>"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.<p>It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did …

Slow Ideas

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?<p>Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics, both of which were discovered in the nineteenth century. The first public demonstration …

Stanford Magazine - Article

<b>The patient looks around frantically.</b> She is sobbing, panicking, overwhelmed by anxiety. She says she can't breathe; her lungs are about to collapse; …

The Evolution of Diet

Top row: escargots, sardines, and fava beans (Crete); naan in salty yak-milk tea (Afghanistan); fried geranium leaves (Crete); boiled crab (Malaysia); raw beetroot and oranges (Crete); chapati, yak butter, and rock salt (Pakistan). Middle row: dried-apricot soup (Pakistan); boiled plantains …

Nutrition

Confessions of a Black Mr. Mom

Hecho en América

Between talk-radio blather and election-season bravado, it's easy to have an opinion about immigration, and easier to forget that people—actual people—pick our food. Now and then we might glimpse them out the car window, but few of us realize that what we eat depends on them, and fewer still have …

Acting French

It’s hard to learn a new language. But it’s way harder to learn a new culture.<p>I spent the majority of this summer at Middlebury College, studying at l’École Française. I had never been to Vermont. I have not been many places at all. I did not have an adult passport until I was 37 years old. …

Auto Correct

Has the self-driving car at last arrived?<p>Human beings make terrible drivers. They talk on the phone and run red lights, signal to the left and turn to the right. They drink too much beer and plow into trees or veer into traffic as they swat at their kids. They have blind spots, leg cramps, …