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What are the ethical consequences of immortality technology?

Francesca Minerva & Adrian Rorheim


Solving the heroin overdose mystery: how small doses can kill

Shepard Siegel


We need ecstasy and opioids in place of Prozac and Xanax

Marc Lewis & Shaun Shelly

Idea/Medical Research

Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer’s

Clayton Dalton

Video/Illness & Disease

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

3 minutes

Video/History of Technology

Breakthroughs, quackery and strange beauty: the afterlife of outmoded medical devices

5 minutes


Tripping in the ICU

For those suffering the trauma of intensive care, the soothing swoosh of otherworldly ambient music can be a welcome gift

Charles Fernyhough

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Idea/Illness & Disease

Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise

Jim Kozubek

Idea/Medical Ethics

You might be in a medical experiment and not even know it

Alice Dreger

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


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


How the mantis shrimp’s six-pupiled eyes put 20/20 vision to shame

4 minutes


Music of the mind: a stunning string quartet created through brainwaves

9 minutes


The problem with p-values

Academic psychology and medical testing are both dogged by unreliability. The reason is clear: we got probability wrong

David Colquhoun


What will we do when neuroimaging allows us to reconstruct dreams and memories?

4 minutes


Ageing out of drugs

Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?

Stacey McKenna


After a century of trying, have scientists successfully mapped the human brain?

2 minutes


Remote control of the brain is coming: how will we use it?

Catriona Houston


Microbes have no morals

First we learned to fear germs, then we learned to love our microbiome. But both sides get the biology basically wrong

Ed Yong

Idea/Illness & Disease

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

Giulia Cavaliere & James Rupert Fletcher


Bring them back

Untold thousands of patients misdiagnosed as vegetative are actually aware. Theirs is the civil rights fight of our times

Joseph J Fins

Video/Medical Research

At the Cryonics Institute, hope for the future is high, and death is put on ice

12 minutes

Idea/Medical Research

How mini-brains can help to avoid neurodegenerative disease

Jenny Chen

Idea/Illness & Disease

The image of the cancer experience needs a reality check

Darlena Cunha

Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Psychedelics can’t be tested using conventional clinical trials

Nicolas Langlitz

Video/Illness & Disease

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

5 minutes


We’re closer to Alpha Centauri than to cryopreserving humans

Brian Hanley

Essay/Illness & Disease

The neurofix

Stem cell therapies for the scourges of old age are on the near horizon. Will they come in time for the Baby Boomers?

Linda Marsa