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May 22nd
The American Academy of Pediatrics has some new advice about juice: Kids should not drink it.
May 22nd
ESF announced its annual Top 10 list of new species for 2017.
May 19th
Let's take a moment to meditate on the awesomeness of mammals. Especially the "extreme" ones.
May 18th
President Trump’s nominee for the No. 2 position in the U.S. Department of the Interior found himself caught in a partisan, California-focused crossfire at his Senate confirmation committee hearing Thursday. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska…
May 18th
The effects of rising oceans on coastal flooding may be even worse than we thought. Scientists have found that a mere 10 to 20 centimeters of sea-level rise — which is expected by 2050 — will more than double the frequency of serious flooding…
May 18th
Fatal shootings of civilians by police officers are less common in states with stricter gun laws than they are in states that take a more relaxed approach to regulating the sale, storage and use of firearms, new research says. A study published Thursday …
May 18th
There is no cure for common forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors don’t even have a way to slow it down. What they do have are a handful of drugs that can help, a bit, with symptoms. Why so few options? Alzheimer’s and…
May 18th
It’s a safe bet that you’d like to avoid getting Alzheimer’s. But you probably haven’t done the one thing that could make you five times more likely to reach the age of 85 without getting the disease and 7.5 times more likely to h…
May 18th
At some point, we could all use a bit of performance enhancement for the noggin — something to help us ace that test, command the room or nail a project under deadline. Yes, there’s a pill for that — in fact, there are several. Drugs sh…
May 18th
Given time, any brain can succumb to dementia — memories fade, thoughts scatter, basic abilities wither on the vine. Brains don’t come with lifetime guarantees, but there is one major step you can take to protect yourself from Alzheimer&rsquo…
May 18th
A full-page illustration that shows how the brain stores and retrieves a memory.
May 18th
Facts, faces, experiences: Our brain’s capacity to learn new things, store the memories and summon them up on demand is a marvel. Yet we take it all for granted until the skills start to crumble in those we love, or in ourselves. What goes awry in …
May 18th
Our Western diet is famously bad for the circulatory system, but for a long time, people thought the damage stopped there. Then around 10 years ago, Terry Davidson, a behavioral neuroscientist, wondered whether our modern eating habits might also affect …
May 18th
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia caused by cerebrovascular disease are the conditions that most commonly interfere with thinking, but there are many others. Some, like Alzheimer’s, result from misshapen proteins in the brain and tend to get w…
May 18th
A lot of people don’t believe I have Alzheimer’s. I’m 55, I’m healthy and I’m articulate. But I fight dementia every day. I was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in May of 2016. Before that, I was an analyst at a …
May 18th
You found her reading glasses in the fridge, saw bewilderment overtake him in the grocery store, heard from a concerned friend that something didn’t seem quite right. Suddenly, your roles are reversed: That person who never forgot birthdays and gui…
May 18th
Everybody forgets things now and then, and it’s totally normal for that problem to worsen as the candles on the birthday cake pile up. But when should a lapse in memory or thinking become a cause for concern? The main symptom to look for is a chang…
May 17th
When it comes to interpreting dog growls, some humans are surprisingly good at taking the hint, a new study shows. Scientists testing how people categorized different types of natural growls found that people could largely tell playful vocalizations from…
May 17th
You know the drill: You haven’t had a good night’s sleep for a few days and now you don’t like what you see in the mirror — puffy eyelids, dark circles, sallow skin. You splash some water on your face and hope no one notices. Besi…
May 17th
New research has nudged scientists closer to one of regenerative medicine’s holy grails: the ability to create customized human stem cells capable of forming blood that would be safe for patients. Advances reported Wednesday in the journal Nature c…
May 17th
If all the food Americans wasted were put on people's plates, it would be enough to provide more than 190 million adults with 2,000 calories of energy every day.
May 17th
When President Trump nominated David Bernhardt for the No. 2 spot at the Interior Department, the administration cited his extensive expertise. What the announcement failed to mention was that much of that experience was lobbying and doing legal work to …
May 12th
The Great American Eclipse isn't just an event for skywatchers. For scientists, it's an opportunity to collect data about the sun's usually hidden outer atmosphere.
May 11th
For far too long, we humans have suffered from an olfactory inferiority complex. We’ve been led to believe that our sense of smell is sadly deficient compared with our mammalian cousins such as rodents and dogs. What does the world smell like to a …
May 11th
Scientists peering at a “warm Neptune” roughly 430 light-years away have discovered far less water in the gassy planet’s atmosphere than they expected — which puts it at odds with the ice giants in our own solar system. The atmosp…