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Know when to fold ’em: AI beats world’s top poker players

If you were about to start playing a game of online poker, you might want to think again. Humankind has just been beaten at yet another game, this …

Cannabis feminism: The new movement that has high hopes for the future

<i>After 10 years in the nascent natural beauty industry, Jessica Assaf, 26, went to Harvard Business School thinking she’d come out with a next-level</i> …

End of fillings in sight as scientists find Alzheimer's drug makes teeth grow back

Fillings could be consigned to history after scientists discovered that a drug already trialled in Alzheimer's patients can encourage tooth regrowth and repair cavities.<p>Researchers at King's College London found that the drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so …

At CES 2017, here are the 'Innovation Award' winners

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story understated the number of products that received CES 'Best of Innovation' awards.</i><p>LAS VEGAS — The trade show floor at CES 2017 doesn't open until Thursday, but we already know a few dozen of the coolest products here.<p>The folks who put on …

CES

The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Waistline

Being overweight can raise your blood pressure, cholesterol and risk for developing diabetes. It could be bad for your brain, too.<p>A diet high in saturated fats and sugars, the so-called Western diet, actually affects the parts of the brain that are important to memory and make people more likely to …

Diets

The sugar industry has been quietly funding one of the biggest misconceptions in modern nutrition

Several recent studies backed by multinational food and sugar companies claimed that sugar isn't so bad for us after all. Don't believe them.<p>A growing body of evidence has revealed how industry groups have worked to suppress the scientific findings on the harmful effects of sugar for decades — …

Low Fat

Drinking on Antidepressants

“So why did you stop drinking?” my friend Brad asked recently when we were out for dinner. “You never seemed to have a drinking problem.”<p>The question surprised me, coming as it did a full two years after my decision to take a “break” from alcohol. He was scanning the wine list, and I sensed he was …

Pregnancy Changes a Woman's Brain Structure For at Least 2 Years After Giving Birth

It's not just your body that's changing.<p>A first-of-its-kind study has shown that being pregnant creates long-lasting effects in a mother's brain, …

Pregnancy

Male bumblebees leave home without looking back

Male bumblebees leave home and fly away without looking back, making no effort to remember the location of the nest, researchers at the University of …

Cognitive therapy more effective than medication in treating social anxiety disorders, study finds

“We’ve set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders,” says Hans M. Nordahl, a professor of behavioural medicine at the …

Mental Health

Cannabidiol: Marijuana’s Other Magic Ingredient

For decades the only part of pot that mattered was tetrahydrocannabinol, a.k.a. THC—the chemical component that gets you high. But weed users are now …

Pulling an all-nighter could be a temporary fix for depression

Antidepressants can turn a person’s life around, but they can’t do it right away—a new prescription requires at least a month to take effect. Fortunately there’s another, drug-free, way to feel better almost instantly: Just stay up all night.<p>To explain how this works, Louisa Steinberg, a …

I was hooked on meth for 11 years. If you know and love an addict, this article is for you.

I spent 11 years addicted to methamphetamine and have now been clean for nine. Today, I am a self-defense instructor, a budding entrepreneur, a volunteer first responder, a friend and family member. Yet at my core I consider myself a garden-variety recovered drug addict.<p>So to the fellow addict: You …

Marijuana vs. Hemp: What's the Difference?

The plant's flowering tops and leaves contain the psychoactive elements and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content we've come to recognize as marijuana. …

How to Deal With Negative People, According to a Psychiatrist

It's impossible to completely escape negativity in life. Some days it seems to be everywhere we turn—in the people we deal with whenever we commute, …

What you need to know about anxiety medication

Your mind is full of obsessive worries or thoughts, your stomach churns like a washing machine, you can't sleep or eat and it's hard to find any …

I tried a headset that electrifies the brain to help athletes unlock new potential

As I tried to scramble my way up a few bouldering routes at my local rock climbing gym on election day, I focused as much extra attention as possible on my technique. The goal wasn't just to try and distract myself from politics — a little while before, I'd spent 20 minutes wearing a headset that …

The Brain

Eli Lilly's promising Alzheimer's drug fails in clinical trial

<b>(CNN) —</b> A large trial of a drug to treat dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease has ended in failure after people receiving the treatment showed no significant improvements to those taking a placebo.<p>The failure of the much anticipated drug, which showed promise in earlier results, is being seen as …

Dementia

New Quantum States for Better Quantum Memories

How can quantum information be stored as long as possible? An important step forward in the development of quantum memories has been achieved by a …

A 'car recession' is threatening the US economy

They're not crashing, for the moment. They're facing tough headwinds, and so they're drifting lower, despite enormous industry efforts to prevent it, and they're now expected to drift lower next year as well.<p>Steven Szakaly, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), …

Young people are now having all the 'old person' medical procedures – excessive stress is probably to blame

Analysis out today has shown that all is not right among the younger generations.<p>The most striking trend emerging from a study which looked at 60,000 …

Why Power Women Are Micro-Dosing LSD at Work

It's a different type of career high.<p>Karen Smith has a lot on her mind. The 32-year-old lives in Chicago, where, after working for tech startups abroad for 10 years, she moved last year with her husband to attend a graduate program in data science. On top of her academic studies, Smith works 10 to …

This could be what the terrifying future of personal drones looks like

In a world where a reality TV star has been elected president of the US, it seems increasingly believable that a culture where everyone is always being filmed, always able to share their most intimate moments at the push of a button, is coming.<p>Consumer drones have exploded in popularity in recent …

How Machine Learning Fueled Nvidia Stock's 15% Jump

Nvidia used to be a little company making graphics chips for PCs, but it’s well on the way to transforming into one of the leading computing …

49% of Entrepreneurs Deal with a Mental Disorder. Here's How to Cope

Mental disorders do not have to block your dream of building a company.<p>Two years ago, Aaron Harvey was diagnosed with a mental disorder.<p>The founder of Ready Set Rocket, a marketing and branding company, Harvey found out he has ADHD, anxiety, depression and Pure OCD (a form of OCD that involves …

How Do You Prove Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

A. You don't.<p>Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AHDH) is nothing more than a professional opinion, it is not a fact. Even in the "Diagnostic …

Legal marijuana may be added to Las Vegas' list of vices

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada already has legal brothels, round-the-clock casinos and a coy catchphrase declaring that "what happens in Vegas, stays in …

Cannabis

How House Republicans Derailed A Scientist Whose Research Could Save Lives

“I no longer want to remain silent over these abuses,” he says.<p>WASHINGTON― Dr. Eugene Gu, a 30-year-old surgical resident at Vanderbilt University, is on the verge of his second major scientific breakthrough.<p>While doing side research as a surgical intern in 2014, Gu became the first person to …

Planned Parenthood

Younger voters overwhelmingly favor marijuana measure, which is likely to pass, poll finds

California appears poised to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, with a strong majority favoring Proposition 64 ahead of Tuesday's vote.<p>A new statewide poll shows 58% of likely voters support Proposition 64 and 37% oppose it. The number who said they don't know how they will vote dropped …

Cannabis

Ever wondered what happens to your body when you stop exercising?

We’ve all been there. Be it the evenings getting darker, or if you’re swamped in the office all week, sometimes it’s particularly easy to think of a …