Suzanne Staszak-Silva

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The New Midlife Crisis for Women

Sometimes, I think I'm falling apart. Then, I talk to my friends. One spent a whole winter getting a babysitter for her toddler daughter in the …

Stop Calling Women Nags — How Emotional Labor is Dragging Down Gender Equality

Gender Equality

Dear Well-Meaning (But Ignorant) Parents: This Is What Your Teens Are Really Doing on the Internet

I’ve been mulling over this topic for quite some time, but this morning it became increasingly clear to me that I <i>must</i> say something. Folks, stranger …

Social Media
Bill Gates

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

“Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you,” the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told his students, in 1914, “save only this: if you work hard and intelligently, you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot.” …

University of Washington
Microbiology

Neuroscience shows that our gut instincts about only children are right

Conventional wisdom has it that only children are smarter and less sociable. Parents, freed from the shackles of constantly settling sibling disputes, devote more time and money to the singleton, exposing them to a greater variety of higher-level activities (there’s a term for what happens when you …

Psychology

7 Stress Hacks You Can Use in the Next 5 Minutes

When you get stressed by a deadline, a bad driver, or a tax bill, your brain and body go into “fight-or-flight” mode: Your heart beats faster, you …

Mindfulness

The psychological importance of wasting time — Quartz

There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get…

Treating depression is guesswork. Psychiatrists are beginning to crack the code.

Brain scans and machine learning programs are paving the way for a breakthrough.<p>Here’s a frustrating fact for anyone who has been prescribed medication or therapy for depression: Your doctor doesn’t know what treatment will work for you.<p>“It is currently complete primitive guesswork,” Leanne Maree …

The Brain

Why 'High Functioning' Autism Is So Challenging

The autism spectrum is very large. If you think of it as a rainbow (or a bell curve), you'll note that there's an awful lot of the spectrum that is …

The High-Class Sushi Bar Has a New Secret Weapon

In the battle among New York’s high end sushi places, the weapons of choice tend to be which can score the hardest-to-get uni, the very top of the …

Japan

CRISPR will be a huge story in 2017. Here are 7 things to look for.

The gene-editing tool’s potential to upend science is dizzying.<p>We’re about to enter a golden age of genetic engineering, where huge advances in gene-editing technology are making it possible for scientists to tweak the DNA of different organisms with incredible, unprecedented precision.<p>Until just a …

How Do You Distinguish between Religious Fervor and Mental Illness?

Last year, a news column circulated the web, announcing the American Psychological Association had decided to classify strong religious beliefs as …

Mental Health

The Next Hot Trends in Food

You may not have heard of moringa or regenerative grazing yet. But there’s a good chance you will before long.<p>Not too far in the future, when you reach for a healthy drink, it might be full of water from a cactus.<p>Your main course at dinner might be a pear-like fruit from Southeast Asia that does a …

Trends

How Nanotech Bandages Could Supercharge First Aid

It all started as a painless callus on Donna Morrow’s left foot. Since she knew her diabetes made her susceptible to foot ulcers, she saw her …

Thinking about what could have been? 4 ways to get past regret

Of all the thoughts that haunt us, the biggest tormentors are often about what could have been.<p>Regret can strike anyone, regardless of how much money or fame they possess. A recently published biography of Joan Rivers reveals her biggest regret was not being taken seriously as a stage …

Self-help

Trauma affects brains of boys and girls in opposite ways - Futurity

Brain scans of children and teenagers with PTSD show structural differences between the sexes in one part of the brain: the insula.

The Brain

Are we thinking about depression all wrong?

One in ten of us will experience depression at some point. Just what causes this highly debilitating disease, and the best way to treat it remains controversial: last month, Danish researchers reported that antidepressants raise the risk of suicide when taken by healthy people.<p>The most widely …

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times.<p>Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system.<p>Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For …

Yoga

In Men, Depression is Different

Symptoms—and help—are unlike what women experience<p>I am worried about a friend. He’s stopped responding reliably to texts and calls from his friends and seems irritable and edgy when we do see him. He complains of insomnia, no energy and lack of motivation. Ask him how he’s doing and he says, “I’m …

Statistics

Get Your Children Good and Dirty

Researchers are discovering how crucial microbes are to our health and to avoiding a range of newly common diseases. So it’s time to get dirty, eat better and stop overusing antibiotics<p>Our friend Julia moved to a small free-range pig and poultry farm when her first child, Jedd, was a preschooler. …

Eggs

When the Body Attacks the Mind

A physiological theory of mental illness<p>One day in February 2009, a 13-year-old boy named Sasha Egger started thinking that people were coming to hurt his family. His mother, Helen, watched with mounting panic that evening as her previously healthy son forgot the rules to Uno, his favorite card …

Immune System

When Gut Bacteria Change Brain Function

Some researchers believe that the microbiome may play a role in regulating how people think and feel.<p>By now, the idea that gut bacteria affect a person’s health is not revolutionary. Many people know that these microbes influence digestion, allergies, and metabolism. The trend has become almost …

Microbiology

The Unseen

Millions of microbes are yet to be discovered. Will one hold the ultimate cure?<p>Once a year, when Slava Epstein was growing up in Moscow, his mother took him to the Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy, a showcase for the wonders of Soviet life. The expo featured many things—from …

Biology

9 Fascinating Facts About The Microbiome, The Trillions Of Microbes Hidden Inside Us

The still-mysterious ecosystem of bacteria living inside you determines an incredible amount about your health–and your personality.<p>“Bacteria are living things. They are not trying to hurt you. They are not trying to help you. They are just trying to stay alive, like the rest of us.”<p>So begins the …

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Biology

Hacking Gut Bacteria Could Be The Future Of Medicine

The human gut microbiome -- which includes the community of trillions of bacteria living within our intestines -- has been called one of the next big frontiers in medicine.<p>In recent years, a growing body of research has shown that the bacteria in our gut exert a powerful influence on our immune and …

Microbiology

The Case Against Antibacterial Soap Is Getting Stronger

If you wash your hands in public restrooms, brush your teeth and wear antiperspirant, you’ve come in contact with triclosan, an antibacterial used in …

Microbiology

Building An Antibiotic To Kill Bad Microbes While Sparing Good Ones

Antibiotics can save lives, but sometimes they can work <i>too</i> well.<p>Most antibiotics can't tell the difference between good and bad bacteria. That means the medicines kill helpful bacteria in your gut while they're obliterating the bacteria making you sick.<p>The helpful bacteria make up what's known as …

Microbiology