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Here's What Your Brain Is Doing When You Really, Really Hate Someone

Scientists have spotted the parts of the brain that light up when we actively hate someone. There's probably a reason why hate evolved in the first …

The Brain

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands …

Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine

Think you know everything about Wonder Woman? How about the man who created her—a lover of women who lived with a wife, his lover, their children, …

Why the Scottish Vote Is Shaking Up Europe

Even Putin is paying attention to the potential impact of a breakaway state.<p>GLASGOW — Independence seems to be the must-have political accessory of 2014. Pro-Russian separatists and Kyiv loyalists scorch the land amid bloody battles for control of eastern Ukraine, the so-called Islamic State …

The Anatomy of a Men's Rights Activist

He will mansplain feminism to a biological female. Feminism is equality, he says, which is something he wants desperately. He’s tired of women running the show. He’s tired of being vilified for his sex.<p><i>Illustration by Nick Gazin</i><p>He is a good guy, much to his detriment. Women, after all, don’t want …

The Trouble with Girls

Despite all the thigh-gap nonsense, being a girl today isn’t as shitty as it used to be.<p><i>Photo via Wikimedia</i><p>Being a girl sucks—according to the media at least. There’s the thigh gap, Miley Cyrus, the hounding, the grooming, and the online abuse. Even Germaine Greer claimed recently that in the age …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

Batman's Traumatic Origins

A horror in Bruce Wayne's childhood created the Dark Knight. Did a real-life childhood horror create Bruce Wayne?<p>When a really bad thing happens to children unexpectedly, the event can change them forever. As a child psychologist, I see firsthand what that means. Traumatized children often try to …

What do patients really want from health care?

The central theme of this column has been the urgent need to understand medicine – and to design healthcare innovation (including biopharmaceuticals and health services) — from the patient’s perspective, something many key stakeholders (and would-be stakeholders, such as entrepreneurs – see here) …

By Putting Patients First, Hospital Tries To Make Care More Personal

No one likes to go to the hospital.<p>But some hospitals around the nation are trying to make their patients' stays a little less unpleasant.<p>They're members of an organization called Planetree, which was founded by a patient named Angelica Thieriot, who had a not-so-good hospital experience back in …

How telehealth can make savings and improve patient care

On international self-care day, it is time to support patients in their role as experts in their health<p>The NHS is facing a £30bn hole in its budget by 2020 and Clare Gerada, chair of the Council of the Royal College of GPs has said that we are currently short of 8,000 GPs, and by 2021 we shall need …

GPs warn of poorer care for older patients with service at 'breaking point'

More than four in five say workloads and dwindling resources make delivering continuity of care to at-risk patients tougher<p>More than four in five GPs are concerned they will not be able to properly care for vulnerable older patients because they are struggling to cope with "spiralling workloads and …

NHS patients with sepsis dying due to care failings, watchdog says

Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor orders overhaul of hospitals' handling of infection that causes 37,000 deaths a year<p>Patients are dying unnecessarily because they receive poor treatment when they contract sepsis, a bacterial infection, the NHS ombudsman warns in a highly critical report. Dame Julie …

In medicine, more care may not be better

The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her<p>abdominal painhad already been checked out by two of the city's most …

Health Care

What’s keeping your doctor off Twitter

Patients are actively looking to engage their physicians online, but doctors aren’t too keen on the idea. What’s the big fuss?<p>Fears of potential lawsuits and concerns with patient privacy are a big part of what’s holding doctors back from starting their own Twitter handles, but Kevin Pho (he’s a …

Social Media

The Paradox of the Doctor-Patient Relationship: A Medical Student’s View

I watched a birth. More than watched: an hour or so after first meeting the mom-to-be as she lay in her bed in a hospital gown, I was helping her …

Medical experts propose hospital doctors treat patients at home

Patients could in future be treated at home by hospital doctors under plans for a revolution in the way healthcare is delivered which are being published on Thursday.<p>Hospitals will lose much of their central role in the NHS, with more care and treatment being provided in homes and care homes, under …

Online consultations can save valuable time for both patients and doctors

Patients need to be able to consult their doctor online. Having to take half a day off work for a 10-minute consultation is a high price to pay when the technology exists that would allow it to be done online from the patient's home or work. For some patients, the travel involved in getting to an …

Would You Want to See Everything Your Doctor Writes About You?

<i>We might not like everything we read, but a new trial found that giving patients easier access to our exam notes gets us more involved in effective care.</i><p>KellBailey/Flickr<p>Let's say you gained a bit of weight since your last physical. You know it, deep down at least, but you don't really want to talk …

My husband won’t go to the doctor. What can I do?

<b>The question:</b> I struggle trying to convince my husband to go see a doctor regularly for physicals and other health issues. Are men really less likely than women to visit a doctor? If so, why and what can I do?<p><b>The answer:</b> There are occasions in my practice when a male patient comes in for a visit …

Health

Don't blame obese patients for being overweight, doctors told

New draft NHS guidance also says patients must not be misled about 'magic bullet' weight-loss programmes<p>Doctors must treat obese patients with respect and be careful not to blame them for becoming overweight, new draft official NHS guidance says.<p>The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence …

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Ecstasy of Hedy Lamarr

The first time audiences saw Hedy Lamarr, she was running naked through a field. The second time they saw her, she was in the throes of a very …

Is 25 the new cut-off point for adulthood?

<b>New guidance for psychologists will acknowledge that adolescence now effectively runs up until the age of 25 for the purposes of treating young people. So is this the new cut-off point for adulthood?</b><p>"The idea that suddenly at 18 you're an adult just doesn't quite ring true," says child psychologist …

Raising the Dead

Ten minutes into his dive, Dave Shaw started to look for the bottom. Utter blackness pressed in on him from all sides, and he directed his high-intensity light downward, hoping for a flash of rock or mud. Shaw, a 50-year-old Aussie, was in an alien world, more than 800 feet below the surface pool …

Scuba Diving

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

Sexting, Shame and Suicide

On the last day of her life, Audrie Pott walked through a crucible of teenage torment. A curvaceous sophomore at Saratoga High School, dressed in the …

Crime

Female genital mutilation: 'Mothers need to say no'

"As a little girl I would go looking for the cutters and ask them when it was my turn," Faduma Ali says. "I thought it was exciting. I wish I had known then what I know now."<p>It's almost eight decades since Faduma underwent female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes known as female circumcision, in …