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Meet The Hidden Molds Growing In Your Home

Aspergillus niger, the fungal dandelion Michael TaylorHome alone? Hardly. Our homes are positively swarming with creatures of all kinds. In our new series, we’ll be profiling the “hidden housemates” that live with us.

Even Products Labelled "Green" and "Non-Toxic" May Pollute Indoor Air

Even Products Labelled "Green" and  "Non-Toxic" May Pollute Indoor AirCommon products, including the ones labeled “green,” “all-natural,” “non-toxic,” and “organic,” emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and air quality, according to a new study. But most of these ingredients are not disclosed to consumers.

Four Key Ways To Improve Your Brain Health

Four Key Ways To Improve Your Brain HealthThe human brain is the most extraordinary and complex object in the known universe. So it’s a little surprising that only recently has the concept of brain health begun to emerge. After all, if the body is a “temple”, then surely the brain must be the “high altar” as it generates all our thoughts, feelings and movements.

Why There Are No Limits To Your Willpower

Why There Are No Limits To Your WillpowerWe’ve all experienced those moments when we’ve been working really hard on a task, finally finish and feel like a well-deserved break so we grab a coffee and relax for a few moments. What goes through your mind next?

8 Strategies to Overcome Addiction and Other Challenges

8 Strategies to Overcome Addiction and Other ChallengesAnyone who battles addiction knows that it's so much more than a bad habit or a moral shortcoming. Addiction is a compulsion so beyond our control, that we may as well be a feather fighting against a gale-force wind. Until...one day the wind subsides.

Will Anyone Be Prosecuted In The Flint Water Crisis?

Delivering bottled water in Flint in January. Michigan State Police/Flickr, CC BY-NDThe headlines were alarming. Traces of cancer-causing contaminants in New Orleans and Pittsburgh public drinking water supplies. Lead from water supply pipes in Boston tap water. In response, in 1974 Congress enacted the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which was designed to protect public drinking water supplies.

Learning How To Talk About End-of-Life Care

Learning How To Talk About End-of-Life CareMerely filling out the form is not enough. The patient’s wishes can be truly honored only if the patient and family understand the options, have the opportunity to pose questions, and trust that their wishes will be followed. In other words, POST achieves its purpose only if it is based on open and trusting relationship...

Are Pesticides The Cause Of Microcephaly In Brazil.

Are Pesticides The Cause Of Microcephaly In Brazil.The explosive expansion of the range of Zika virus in the Americas has only been exceeded by the rise of conspiracy theories blaming everything from vaccines to genetically modified mosquitoes. While not a conspiracy theory, recently the internet and news media have been running with a report that claims the birth defects attributed to the Zika virus is in fact due to pesticides.

Aging Gracefully Through the Second Half of Our Lives

Aging GracefullyThe ways in which we currently age have been programmed into us, and we have accepted this idea as a reality. We believe that we all will get old, sick, senile, frail, and die -- in that order. This does not have to be the truth for us any longer.

Why Do Women Go Through Menopause?

Why do women go through menopause? Passing on our genes to the next generation is the key process in evolution that happens through natural selection. So why do women suddenly stop having periods when they have at least a third of their lives left...

What Does Concussion Do To The Brain?

The healthy brain of a normal 65 year old, the brain of a former NFL linebacker, John Grimsley (who suffered 8 concussions and died at age 45), and the brain of a 73 year old boxer who suffered from an extreme form of dementia. Brown spots show concentrations of Tau protein, the more brown spots, the greater the brain damage. WBUR Boston's NPR/Flickr, CC BYNews that actor Will Smith will boycott the Oscars has overshadowed promotional coverage of his latest film, Concussion, which examines the effects of repeated head injury.

How Satellites Can Help Control The Spread Of Diseases Such As Zika

How Satellites Can Help Control The Spread Of Diseases Such As ZikaThe explosive spread of Zika throughout the Americas is raising questions about the best ways to control this and future epidemics. We first need to identify what factors contribute to the spread of Zika and understand where and when they occur. With that knowledge we can effectively target our resources to fight the disease and control its spread.

Exercise And Meditation Rein In Negative Thoughts

Exercise And Meditation Rein In Negative ThoughtsScientists have known for a while that both of these activities alone can help with depression," says Tracey Shors. "But this study suggests that when done together, there is a striking improvement in depressive symptoms along with increases in synchronized brain activity.

Is It Your Neanderthal DNA That Is Making You Depressed?

s It Your Neanderthal DNA That Is Making You Depressed?"The brain is incredibly complex, so it's reasonable to expect that introducing changes from a different evolutionary path might have negative consequences," says Corinne Simonti.

Is Schizophrenia Written In Our Genes?

Is Schizophrenia Written In Our Genes?Scientists have identified hundreds of regions of the human genome that are linked with schizophrenia. These findings are exciting because they provide clues to the biological basis of this devastating disorder – clues that may ultimately help us to develop better treatments. However, attempts to understand how genes contribute to the symptoms that patients experience reveal how complex –

Facing A Physician Shortage, Can We Leave Medical School Grads On The Sidelines?

Facing A Physician Shortage, Can We Leave Medical School Grads On The Sidelines?Dr. Heidi Schmidt cannot practice medicine. The problem is not that she lost her license or was named in too many malpractice lawsuits. To the contrary, she has never held a license to practice medicine.

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To Complications

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To ComplicationsA common surgery to treat vaginal prolapse using an artificially grafted mesh has more problems than benefits, our Cohrane review has found. Women who underwent the operation had high rates of needing repeat surgery due to mesh exposure, bladder injury and urinary incontinence.

Past Pleasures Make It Hard To Say No

Past Pleasures Make It Hard To Say NoOur brains are wired to pay more attention to things that have previously brought us pleasure—a bias that may explain why it’s so hard to break bad habits or stick to New Year’s resolutions.