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A new kind of doctor's office that charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance could lead to much cheaper prescriptions

For one of Dr. John Burrell's new patients, a six-month supply of a drug fell from $120 to $20.<p>That's because Burrell, who runs a primary-care office in Columbia, South Carolina, manages to charge his patients wholesale prices.<p>Burrell runs a direct primary-care practice. Instead of accepting …

Babies’ brains are wired to learn multiple languages at once

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household inserts Spanish words into his English sentences, conventional wisdom assumes that he is confusing the two languages.<p>Research …

Language Learning

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases: Scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage

Scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage<p>Consuming fructose, a sugar that's common in the Western diet, alters …

World's fittest 96-year-old, Charles Eugster, shares diet and exercise tips

If you ask Charles Eugster, 96, "retirement" is a dirty word.<p>A bodybuilder and sprinter who has set multiple world records in his age group in races ranging from 60 meters to 400 meters, Eugster is basically the fittest 96-year-old on the planet. While nutrition and exercise are certainly integral …

Fitness

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

The Brain

Brainiacs can thank chocolate for their cognitive skills: study

Do you have a great memory? Are you a pro at multi-tasking? You may be able to thank chocolate for that.<p>A new study published in the online journal …

The extinction inside our guts

The world is facing an extinction event. Hundreds of species are disappearing from their native habitat. This impending extinction is distinct from the plight of the polar bears or frog populations and is not a result of global warming or deforestation. It's happening within our guts, which are …

Researchers: printing eyes on items reduces littering

Researchers at Newcastle University have found that leaflets with eyes printed on them were discarded as litter far less frequently than a leaflet …

Binge Watching as a Young Adult Linked to Cognitive Impairment: Study

Sitting around watching TV and not doing any physical activity as a young adult may be linked to lower brain functioning even earlier than scientists …

The Brain

6 Quirky Ways to Improve Brain Function

<i>We may be biased, but we think the human brain is pretty special. All this week, mentalfloss.com is celebrating this miracle organ with a heap of</i> …

Science Finds Men With Beards Are Healthier

Men’s grooming has changed in the last few years.<p>Long gone are the days of men with hairless bodies and short haircuts. The current age is the time …

Study: This diet may prevent your brain from shrinking

If you are worried about your brain shrinking — and you should be if you're getting up in years — you might want to reconsider what you eat.<p>Human brains naturally lose volume with age, increasing the risk of stroke, dementia or Alzheimer's. For most people, memory loss accompanies cerebrum …

Nutrition

The astonishing village where little girls turn into boys aged 12

In every way, Johnny is physically and biologically male. But, astonishingly he did not grow a penis until he hit puberty.<p>He is one of many children who live in Salinas, an isolated village in the southwestern Dominican Republic, who are seemingly born female, only to become men in their teenage …

Mark Zuckerberg said this genius is his favorite scientist

A Scottish mathematical physicist who lived during the 1800s, James Clerk Maxwell is widely considered one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. He was voted third greatest physicist of all time in the millennium poll of 100 scientists, putting him just behind Albert Einstein and Isaac …

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

Happiness

This free Google Chrome extension provides one of the most essential parts of learning a new language

The extension translates portions of whatever you're reading into the language you're trying to learn.Flickr / Ed YourdonScience suggests that the best way to learn a new language — especially as an adult — is through immersion.<p>For example, you might spend an extended period of time in a foreign …

The position you sleep in influences your personality, well-being and brain health, study finds

Most people know that a good night’s sleep is important for optimal health, but it turns out the position you sleep in plays a role as well.<p>Whether …

Think You Can Live Without a Brain? This Man Pretty Much Did (and He Didn't Even Notice)

(Newser) – As it turns out maybe the Scarecrow didn't need that brain after all. Real Clear Science revisits a bizarre case from 2007 in which a …

In kids, picky eating may be warning sign for mental health problems

Children who are picky eaters may have bigger problems than a lack of a well-balanced diet. A new study finds that kids who make a habit of shunning certain foods are more likely to have symptoms of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.<p>To be counted as picky eaters, children had to …

Dementia 101: Types of Dementia

<b>Dementia, Alzheimer's, senility, forgetfulness.</b> All of these words point to an experience. But do they point to the same one? Are they different? Are they the same?<p>I often hear these words thrown around interchangeably. Here I hope to give some etymological clarity. Aging in America is confusing. …

The best music to listen to for optimal productivity, according to science

Luckily, music can help put us back on a more productive track.<p>Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work — so if you're mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go …

The simplest way to get — and stay — happy, according to psychologists

In other words, when was the last time you were truly happy?<p>It's an amazing, but often fleeting, feeling. And many of us don't get enough of it.<p>What's more, there's a common belief that if we seek out things like a better career, more money, and meaningful companionship, we'll be happier as a …

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

The Cure for Brain Diseases Is in Your Gut

Researchers are just now starting to link inflammation in your gut with some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases we have.<p>Why are we making …

5 Steps to Making Meditation a Daily Habit

Buddhaimonia.More than any other, the most common question I get via email is this: “How do I make meditation into a daily habit?” In my book, Zen …

Russian man to undergo world's first full head transplant

Mr Spiridinov, from Russia, suffers from Werdnig Hoffman disease, a muscle wasting condition that seriously diminishes his physical capabilities and left him dependent on a wheelchair.<p>Now he has announced his intention to become the world’s first subject of a full head transplant, so that his brain …

Scientists discover 'trigger' which could stop breast cancer spreading

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh hope their findings will translate into new treatments to stop the progression of breast cancer<p>Breast cancer could be stopped from spreading to other parts of the body after a discovery by British scientists raised hopes of new lifesaving treatment for the …

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – April 2015

In this article, I will present a selection of research articles published in April. As usual, many new interesting findings were made public this …

A Calm Look at the Most Hyped Concept in Neuroscience - Mirror Neurons

Last year I suggested that mirror neurons are the most hyped concept in neuroscience. Discovered in the 90s by neuroscientists in Italy studying …