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Essay/Wellbeing
The healing power of nature

The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom

Rebecca Lawton

Essay/Neuroscience
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

Bruce McEwen

Essay/Biology
Scents and sensibility

Our sense of smell gives flavour to food, emotion to memories, and connects us to each other. But how exactly does it work?

Katherine Whitcroft

Essay/Medical Ethics
Intersex rights

Children born with in-between sex development are subject to surgeries that many believe violate their human rights

Alice Dreger

Essay/Gender
Who is a sportswoman?

Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair

Silvia Camporesi

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

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

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

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