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Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Integrative Scientist Pizzorno: "Toxicity is the Primary Driver of Disease"

Regular medicine is awakening to the dumbfounding reality that clinical care accounts for just 10%-20% of the factors contributing to health. But if research recently presented by a leader in the revitalization of the naturopathic medical profession - and of the movements for functional and …

New Trials Are Using Ketamine to Treat Alcohol Addiction

Researchers in the UK and US are running studies to see if ketamine could help prevent alcoholics from relapsing.<p>People looking to quit problematic drinking in the UK could one day have access to a new, quick-acting treatment to help them cope with the difficult first few weeks of sobriety: …

The truth behind testosterone: why men risk it all

How do hormones such as testosterone and cortisol affect our ability to work, rest and play? A stock-market trader turned neuroscientist has the …

How Much Protein You Need for Exercise

Are you confused about how much protein you need? Many athletes and exercisers think they should increase their protein intake to help them lose …

Here's More Proof Health Care in America Is a Total Ripoff

We pay way more for prescription drugs and services.<p>This probably sounds like a broken record—only it’s far more annoying, because this oft-repeated …

Finding someone to connect with can be draining – much like dating – and Dr David Kelley wants to help. <b>Jean Hannah Edelstein</b> investigates<p>“You should try therapy!” is a suggestion that I realized, after maybe too long, most people don’t take as a compliment. I think therapy is great: what …

Mental Health

A new study shows that it’s possible to deliberately forget things. It turns out that’s a surprisingly useful life skill<p>A mental adventure familiar to most students is that of cramming one’s mind with knowledge in the run up to an exam. Once the exam is done, we gleefully evacuate our brain of all …

The Brain

18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs …

Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

The Uber model just doesn’t work for other industries. The price points always fail — and that’s a good thing<p>The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” …

One of the most iconic medical tools associated with being a doctor might actually be an outdated relic

Lore has it that 35-year-old Paris physician Rene Laennec was caring for a young woman who was apparently plump, with a bad heart and large breasts.<p>Dr. George Davis, an obstetrician at East Tennessee State University who collects vintage stethoscopes, said the young Dr. Laennec didn't feel …

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

The left half - right half divide in human brains is a myth, scientist says

Whilst few people would claim to be well versed in the nuances of neuroscience, one idea about the human brain seems to have captured the public …

The Brain

‘No evidence of benefit’ in trend of swabbing newborns with mother’s vaginal fluid after caesarean births, say experts writing in British Medical Journal<p>New mothers could be putting their babies at risk of serious infection by following a trend called “seeding”, experts have warned.<p>Related: Mothers …

Pregnancy

NASA’s New Space Telescope Will Study Dark Energy and Earth-Sized Planets

"WFIRST has the potential to open our eyes to the wonders of the universe, much the same way Hubble has.”<p>It's finally official: NASA's next major telescope project will be the innovative Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). The space telescope is projected to launch to the gravitational …

Low B12 seen in aging, autism and schizophrenia

The brains of the elderly and younger people with autism and schizophrenia may share a common link: Both have low levels of vitamin B12, researchers say.<p>The facts that blood levels of B12 do not always mirror brain levels of the vitamin, and that brain levels decrease more over the years than blood …

Childhood obesity is linked to one of the healthiest foods pregnant women can eat

The US Food and Drug Administration recommends that pregnant women eat two or three servings of fish per week, thanks to the animal’s high concentrations of protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Previous studies of women in Europe have found that moderate fish consumption leads to lower risk …

'Narconomics': How The Drug Cartels Operate Like Wal-Mart And McDonald's

When Tom Wainwright became the Mexico correspondent for <i>The Economist</i> in 2010, he found himself covering the country's biggest businesses, including the tequila trade, the oil industry and the commerce of illegal drugs.<p>"I found that one week I'd be writing about the car business, and the next week …

Mexico

Where Most Job Stress Actually Comes From

For most, working a job (or jobs) takes up the lion’s share of our waking hours. So, aside from squabbles with family and friends and money issues, our careers provide a sizable chunk of life’s stresses. And unless you work in a Xanax testing facility, you’re going to feel job stress sooner or …

Intelligence officials: IS determined to strike US this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials …

Why Luxembourg wants to mine asteroids

The small European country has announced ambitious plans to become a hub for asteroid mining. But how, and why?<p>Luxembourg is hoping to lead the race to mine minerals from asteroids.<p>Yes, you read that right. Luxembourg (population 543,000) has announced an ambitious plan to become “a European hub in …

This is What Alcohol Does to Your Sleep

You may want to think twice before pouring that nightcap—it turns out alcohol could be wreaking major havoc on your sleep. Even though it’s the …

Hospitals told to cut staff amid spiralling NHS cash crisis

<b>Exclusive:</b> Nurses’ jobs threatened as regulators ditch policy brought in after Mid Staffs scandal of prioritising staff numbers<p>Hospitals are being told to shed staff to rescue the NHS from an acute funding crisis, leaving nurses and other frontline medical workers at risk of the sack.<p>NHS regulators …

Physiology

10 qualities of people with high emotional intelligence

According to Psychology Today, "Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others." This usually involves:<p>Emotional awareness, which includes the ability to identify your own emotions as well as those of others;<br>• The ability to harness emotions …

Philosophers received $2 million to research the importance of “getting over yourself”

Self-obsessed people who just can’t “get over themselves” hardly sound like a subject worthy of academic research. But Candace Vogler, from the University of Chicago, and Jennifer Frey, from the University of South Carolina, disagree.<p>The importance of “getting over yourself”—or …

University of Chicago

The Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition States of Minduses science and art to unravel mysteries from memory loss to sleepwalking<p>On a crumpled sheet of tin foil in the Wellcome Collection’s conservation studio lies an odd assortment of plasticine forms. One looks suspiciously like the footprint of …

Consciousness