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Category Archive for 'The Body Electric'

Negativity bias

I’m pretty sure I wrote about this before, but maybe you missed it the first time: You could be forgiven for not having browsed yet through the latest issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences. If you care about politics, though, you’ll find a punchline therein that is pretty extraordinary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences employs a […]

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In the zone

This doesn’t surprise me at all.

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The ultimate trip

The end of an era: Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, the pioneering pharmacologist who introduced MDMA to psychologists in the 1970s, has died aged 88 after a battle with liver cancer. Shulgin was famed for having synthesized and tested over 200 psychedelic drugs. He earned the title, the “Godfather of ecstasy”, after developing a new synthesis method […]

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If you’re a smoker. I mean it. I just came from the Temple University Hospital Lung Center. I had to see a pulmonary specialist to screen me for my sleep study, and let me tell you, I am really, really glad I never smoked. So many of these people in the waiting area sounded like […]

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Job hazard for bloggers

Chicken or egg? Mistrust of other people may put you at higher risk for dementia, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. The study looked at the impact cynicism may have on long-term cognitive health. Cynicism is defined as the belief that people are generally motivated by their own self interest and […]

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Gay dads’ brains change

This is very interesting, isn’t it? Having a baby alters new mothers’ brain activity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the first evidence of such changes in the brains of gay men raising children they adopted through surrogacy. The men’s pattern of brain activity resembles that of both new mothers and new fathers […]

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And only a tiny number. But damn! “Stacy Erholtz was out of conventional treatment options for blood cancer last June when she underwent an experimental trial at the Mayo Clinic that injected her with enough measles vaccine to inoculate 10 million people. The 50-year-old Pequot Lakes mother is now part of medical history. The cancer, […]

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Imagine that

Link: NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More strokes happen when geomagnetic storms are afoot, according to a new review of stroke literature – although it’s not clear what protective measures anyone could take, researchers said. Geomagnetic storms happen when the Earth’s magnetic field is disturbed by solar winds or coronal mass ejections, which throw out […]

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This is exactly the point: When you ask someone to take a daily drug with systemic effects, you want a helluva lot more information about the long-term effects, and they just don’t have it. I’m sick of fighting with doctors over things like this, but I’m not going to stop anytime soon: Medical guidelines issued […]

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You don’t have to die to benefit from a transcendent experience, however: Researchers believe psychedelic mushrooms may help alleviate psychological and spiritual distress for patients with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis. Survival rates for cancer patients have improved dramatically in recent years with improvements to diagnosis and treatment, but physicians sometimes struggle to address patients’ psychological […]

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