When is stress good for you?
The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime
Who names diseases?
Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?
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.
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
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
The case against sugar
A potent toxin that alters hormones and metabolism, sugar sets the stage for epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes
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
Is this medical bulimia?
A new medical device enables the expulsion of stomach contents for weight loss. Are you feeling disgusted? Should you be?
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?
Being ill, living well
Some say that illness is morally improving, others that there is nothing good about being sick. Can philosophy adjudicate?
The Black Death
At least one in three Europeans and untold millions in Asia died. What was the source of this brutal, lethal efficiency?