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30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

FDA

These Natural Alternatives to Xanax Are Proven to Be Effective By Scientific Community

Anxiety has reached epidemic proportions in the United States with over 40 million people affected. Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 …

Depression

Mystery in West Texas: How Did a Border Patrol Agent Die?

President Trump called it proof of the need to build a wall; Senator Ted Cruz said it was a “stark reminder” of insecurity along the border.<p>To everyone, it seemed like a horrendous example of the dangers that border patrol officers face as they cover vast, remote and unforgiving territories.<p>But a …

Immigration

After Going from Church to Church Seeking Help, A Mexican Family Finds Sanctuary in Philadelphia

Her search began on Thanksgiving day. Carmela Hernández went from church to church in Philadelphia, knocking on doors. Her asylum appeal had just …

Immigration

In hopes of getting around federal law, immigrants seek governors' pardons to block deportation

The two Cambodian refugees living in Northern California had been convicted of crimes years ago and, under the Trump administration’s more aggressive immigration enforcement policies, those offenses had placed them on a path toward deportation.<p>But on Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced the pardons …

Trump's law enforcement policies are a welcome improvement from Obama's

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump praised the virtues and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in his many campaign speeches. To beleaguered cops, the president’s inauguration signaled the welcome end of eight years of unwarranted criticism from the Obama administration.<p>In the President …

The Teens Trapped Between a Gang and the Law

On Long Island, unaccompanied minors are caught between the violence of MS-13 and the fear of deportation.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Juliana grew up with a single memory of her father. He was sitting in the half-light of evening …

Fearing Deportation From U.S., Migrants Walk To Canada

The U.S. has ended a temporary residency program for almost 60,000 Haitians who had been allowed to legally enter the United States after an earthquake in 2010. The program, called temporary protected status, allows people from nations hit by conflict or natural disaster to remain legally but …

Immigration

When Kids Have to Act Like Parents, It Affects Them for Life

Some people who have to be responsible for their siblings or parents as children grow up to be compulsive caretakers.<p>Laura Kiesel was only 6 years old when she became a parent to her infant brother. At home, his crib was placed directly next to her bed, so that when he cried at night, she was the …

How depression and anxiety can make you date the wrong people

<b>The old saying goes ‘we accept the love we think we deserve’.</b><p>It’s the kind of thing you see in cheesy Instagram posts with a quote sitting over a …

After China’s crackdown, now Russia is banning VPNs too

It’s been a gloomy week for internet freedom.<p>On July 29 Russian president Vladimir Putin formally signed a law (link in Russian, .pdf) that prohibits the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other internet proxy services. The law was published on July 30, and will be implemented from November …

Privacy

Antidepressants Saved My Life and Killed My Orgasms

I can’t think of much that's less arousing in the middle of sex than starting a conversation about the side effects of my antidepressants. But this …

10 Ways to Naturally Reduce Anxiety

Some anxiety is a normal part of life. It’s a byproduct of living in an often-chaotic world. Anxiety isn’t all bad, though. It makes you aware of …

​16 Natural Ways to Relieve Your Anxiety

​These simple tricks can help settle your nerves without medication<p>Getty Images<p>Anxiety is uncomfortable: Even if you don’t deal with full-blown panic disorder, your nerves have probably crept up on you at some point—and it’s a pain to deal with. Your palms may get sweaty, your breathing becomes …

Humans 2.0: these geneticists want to create an artificial genome by synthesising our DNA

In July 2015, 100 geneticists met at the New York Genome Center to discuss yeast. At 12 million base pairs long, it's the largest genome scientists …

Your Breath is Your Brain’s Remote Control

We have all heard this simple saying during times of trouble: “Take a deep breath in.” Science being science, however, indicates that we may now have …

The Brain

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Genetics

Harnessing electricity-generating bacteria to clean up drinking water

The bacteria <i>Shewanella oneidensis</i> is a heavy metal fan. Its taste for iron, lead and mercury make it useful for cleaning water of these contaminants, …

Microbiology

Parents of two Americans killed in Benghazi attack sue Hillary Clinton

The families of two Americans killed in the 2012 terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, accusing the former secretary of state of “extreme carelessness in handling confidential and classified information”, which they say …

Government

Scientists say that the world is losing so many species that we're putting ourselves at risk

In 2010, the UN Environment Programme estimated that 150 to 200 species of plants, insects, birds, and mammals go extinct every 24 hours, which was believed to be nearly as much as 1,000 times the "natural" rate.<p>And now, according to a new study published in Science, we are losing so many species …

10 Foods You Should Eat to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

In stressful situations, it’s easy to turn toward food to deal with emotions. Unfortunately, the foods we’re drawn to when we’re stressed are usually …

Democrats end filibuster, announce GOP to hold gun votes

A deal on legislation to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists still looks unlikely.<p>Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and fellow Senate Democrats officially relinquished the floor early Thursday morning after spending nearly 15 hours straight talking about gun control, paving the way for high-profile …

Guns

Apple says all apps must use its ATS security protocol by 2017

Moving forward, apps on iOS that communicate with a server will be more secure, as Apple is making its App Transport Security (ATS) feature mandatory.<p>By the end of 2016, apps submitted to the App Store will need to adopt the protocol, which secures communication between an app and its server.<p>“It's …

Apps

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

The Smell of Depression

It seems like I've divided my feelings into categories, the way that one might do with fragrance types: floral, citrus, earthy, smoky, gourmand, spicy.<p>I decided last week that if I could find my signature scent I could stave off death. By death, I don't mean the big one, but little daily deaths: …

Google Demonstrates Why Bringing Android Apps to Chromebook is So Disruptive

A few weeks back, Google announced that it would bring its Android app and Google Play Store ecosystems to Chromebook, dramatically improving the …

You could get paid to poop...for science

Everybody poops. It’s a natural part of existence. But now some people are being offered actual money to poop. That’s right, you can now get paid to …

Snapchat Overtakes Twitter in Daily Users

With 150 million people sending “snaps” every day, Snapchat—the social network that relies on ephemeral, in-the-moment photos and short videos—now …

What 700 MHz frequency does to internet speeds

MANILA - The 700MHz additional frequency acquired by Globe Telecom and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) will improve internet coverage …