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Mum, 82, who couldn't recognise her own son due to dementia gets memory back - after changing her diet

An 82-year-old dementia sufferer who failed to recognise her own son has incredibly got her memory back after changing her diet.<p>When his mother's …

Alzheimer's Disease

Ask an Expat: Living in Dubrovnik, Croatia

What is it like to move to Dubrovnik, Croatia? To start a new life in a foreign country?<p>In the Ask an Expat series I interview people living all over …

European Travel

7 Streaming TV Packages That Will Let You Cut the Cord For Good

Cutting the cord could save you $75 per month. Here's how to do it without missing your favorite shows.<p>With services like Showtime, HBO, Hulu, and …

8 Reasons why you need to visit Zagreb, the capital of Croatia

The post 8 Reasons why you need to visit Zagreb, the capital of Croatia appeared first on While everybody heads to the Croatian coast, Zagreb remains …

12 Medical "Facts" That You Actually Need To Stop Believing

No, shaving doesn't make hair grow back faster.

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The very real pain of ‘imaginary’ illnesses

How do you tell a patient that their paralysis, blindness, or seizures are “all in the mind”? As the doctor Suzanne O’Sullivan explains to BBC Future, our thoughts and feelings can move the body in mysterious ways that are just as frightening as any physical illness.<p>Soon after Suzanne O’Sullivan …

The Brain

Breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day, says scientist

Claims that breakfast is the most important meal of the day have little scientific basis, a study suggests.<p>Dieticians and health experts have long promoted the benefits of eating breakfast as an energy booster and a way to kick-start the metabolism.<p>But the idea that skipping this meal makes you …

10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds To The Evidence

It's often a split-second decision.<p>You're in the produce aisle, and those organic apples on display look nice. You like the <i>idea</i> of organic — but they're a few bucks extra. Ditto for the organic milk and meat. Do you splurge? Or do you ask yourself: What am I really getting from organic?<p>Scientists …

Research

7 Healthy Foods Beyond Carrots for Healthy Eyes

You have likely heard of degenerative diseases such as cataracts, keratoconus and macular degeneration. For preventative measures, I am sure you know salmon is good for your heart and oatmeal for your cholesterol, but did you know that certain foods (other than carrots) can also improve your eye …

Can you be too clean?

We take long showers, change clothes every day and wash our hands regularly. Is this doing us more harm than good?<p>What’s your routine? Do you shower every morning, or skip a few days? Do you change the bedsheets weekly, or only when they get smelly? How about your towels: New ones – like clockwork …

Microbiology

Red Meat and Cancer: 6 Expert Nutrition Tips

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know that earlier this week the World Health Organization declared processed meat as definitively carcinogenic to humans and red meat as "probably" carcinogenic. As a nutritionist and an avid follower of dietary trends and analysis, I found this one …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

Income Inequality

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Multiple Sclerosis

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

How your face betrays your personality and health

We are more than just a pretty face. It turns out the shape, size and even colour of our looks can relay some very important information about our personalities, health and sexuality. David Robson investigates.<p>You might expect a great philosopher to look past our surface into the depths of the soul …

Psychology

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

The Brain