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Video/Illness & Disease

How our bodies can create billions of defences against disease with just 20,000 genes

3 minutes

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Idea/Illness & Disease

How a generation of consumptives defined 19th-century Romanticism

Michael Barrett

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Idea/Social Psychology

The seductive lie of ‘Patient Zero’ and the outbreak narrative

Leyla Mei

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Essay/Neuroscience

Living in the now

She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.

Michael D Lemonick

Idea/Illness & Disease

Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise

Jim Kozubek

Video/Illness & Disease

The restless rhythms of being a teenager with an incurable illness

12 minutes

Essay/Medicine

Nobody is normal

Are you average? Typical? Ideal? Adequate? The idea of ‘normal’ is a historical construct and it's time we got rid of it

Jonathan Sholl

Idea/Medicine

There is nothing inevitable or natural about chronic disease

Clayton Dalton

Essay/Illness & Disease

A bug for Alzheimer’s?

A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good

Melinda Wenner Moyer

Essay/Illness & Disease

The case against sugar

A potent toxin that alters hormones and metabolism, sugar sets the stage for epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes

Gary Taubes

Idea/Illness & Disease

Return of the White Death: the threat of new strains of TB

Drew Smith

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Essay/Addiction

The addiction habit

Addiction changes the brain but it's not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it's learned – like a habit

Marc Lewis

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Idea/Law & Justice

What would a rational criminal justice system look like?

Raoul Martinez

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Essay/Nutrition & Exercise

Is this medical bulimia?

A new medical device enables the expulsion of stomach contents for weight loss. Are you feeling disgusted? Should you be?

Nitin K Ahuja

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Essay/Poverty & Development

The harvests of Chernobyl

Thirty years after the nuclear disaster, local berry-pickers earn a good living. What’s the hidden cost of their wares?

Kate Brown & Olha Martynyuk

Essay/Illness & Disease

Being ill, living well

Some say that illness is morally improving, others that there is nothing good about being sick. Can philosophy adjudicate?

Ian J Kidd

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Idea/Neuroscience

Some patients in a vegetative state can still communicate

Tommaso Bruni

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Essay/Epidemiology

The Black Death

At least one in three Europeans and untold millions in Asia died. What was the source of this brutal, lethal efficiency?

Wendy Orent

Video/Evolution

What makes mosquitoes so good at getting under our skin?

3 minutes

Essay/Social Psychology

Disgust made us human

Our ancestors reacted to parasites with overwhelming revulsion, wiring the brain for morals, manners, politics and laws

Kathleen McAuliffe

Idea/Illness & Disease

The Still Alice effect: not all Alzheimer’s is like this

Giulia Cavaliere & James Rupert Fletcher

Essay/Illness & Disease

Beyond cell wars

It is time to disarm the military metaphor of the body as a battleground, with immune cells as the first line of defence

Jon Turney

Idea/Medical Research

How mini-brains can help to avoid neurodegenerative disease

Jenny Chen

Essay/Wellbeing

The cruelty of kindness

‘No kill’ animal shelters have unleashed an epidemic of suffering. Is a life of misery any better than a quick death?

Sabine Heinlein

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Essay/Health Policy & Economics

Values and vaccines

Parents who reject vaccination are making a rational choice – they prefer to put their children above the public good

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Idea/Illness & Disease

The mental suffering of ICU patients could easily be lessened

Rebecca Guenard

Video/Illness & Disease

A fly fisherman glimpses his own death in the river that gives him solace

5 minutes

Idea/Illness & Disease

The image of the cancer experience needs a reality check

Darlena Cunha

Video/Illness & Disease

Antibiotics make our guts less diverse. That’s bad news for our long-term health

5 minutes