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Affording a Healthier Future

Lately, Sheryl's kitchen has become much more colorful -- blue potatoes, purple string beans. Red and green were the only kinds of apples she knew to buy until recently. Thanks to her 10-year-old daughter, Alaijah, Honeycrisps are the new favorite on their shelf.<p>Alaijah has struggled with her …

Why College Campuses Get Hit By Meningitis Outbreaks

For the past nine months, Princeton University in New Jersey has been trying to halt an outbreak of bacterial meningitis in its students without success. So it's going to offer students a vaccine that's not yet approved for broader use in the US.<p>Since bacterial meningitis is a serious infection of …

Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

<b>Listen · 4:34</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When President Obama announced his BRAIN Initiative in April, he promised to give scientists "the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action."<p>An early version of one of those tools already exists, scientists say. It's a …

Half Of A Drug's Power Comes From Thinking It Will Work

When you take a pill, you and your doctor hope it will work — and that helps it work.<p>That's not a new idea. But now researchers say they know just how much of a drug's effect comes from the patient's expectation: at least half.<p>When patients in the midst of a migraine attack took a dummy pill they …

Why Hospitals And Families Still Struggle To Define Death

Death seems one of life's few certainties, but the cases of a girl and a young woman who are being kept on life support even though they are legally dead show how difficult it still can be to agree on the end of life.<p>In Oakland, Calif., the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath waged a legal battle to …

The Ethics Of Being Brain Dead: Doctors And Bioethicists Discuss Jahi McMath And Marlise Munoz

(RNS) The cases of two young women — a California teen and a pregnant Texas mother — have generated sympathy for their families, but also have left some doctors and bioethicists upset about their treatment.<p>Many doctors are questioning continued medical procedures on a 13-year-old girl declared …

Will 2014 Move Past the Private/Public Health Care Debate and Onto Preventative Health?

<b>How a pound of prevention could soon render our current health care system irrelevant.</b><p>When was the last time you saw someone on the side of the road with an alternator burnt out or a fried carburetor? Not lately, since cars have long been instrumented with sensors telling us how specific parts are …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.<p>To …

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside! 

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside!

When intensive care is just too intense

I still remember the first patient I saw in intensive care. A naked man, covered by a white sheet, was plugged into banks of machines through cables that radiated from his body. His face was covered by a breathing mask, his blood connected to bags of fluids. Muted and voluntarily immobile, so as …