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The Healing Art of Meditation

The Healing Art of Meditation

Dr. Judson Brewer of the Yale Medical School has shown that meditation decreases activity of the parts of the mind associated with self-referential processing and mind-wandering.

Study Drugs and Neural Enhancers: Science and Controversy

Study Drugs and Neural Enhancers: Science and Controversy

Ritalin and Adderall are two of the most popular neuroenhancing drugs, and though they may have real effects on memory and attention, their other health effects are still difficult to assess.

The Marijuana Receptors: A New Medical Target?

The Marijuana Receptors: A New Medical Target?

The recently-discovered endocannabinoid signaling system appears to have a role in controlling neurological functions including cravings, mood, and memory, making it an attractive drug target.

What Am I Eating? The Infiltration of Genetically Modified Foods

What Am I Eating? The Infiltration of Genetically Modified Foods

Most consumer products currently contain some components from genetically-modified organisms, but the health and environmental risks of these products are still unknown.

The More The Merrier: Limiting the Number of Embryo Implantations

The More The Merrier: Limiting the Number of Embryo Implantations

Implanting multiple embryos at once, a common practice in U.S. in vitro fertilization clinics, increases the chance of a successful pregnancy, but also risks expensive and potentially-dangerous multiple births.

Let Them Eat Cake: More To Obesity Than Just The Extra Calories

Let Them Eat Cake: More To Obesity Than Just The Extra Calories

Obesity is turning out to be much more complex than overeating and lack of exercise, as new research finds genetic, hormonal, neurological, and even immunological factors that appear to relate to weight.

Selling Sex…Cells: Navigating the Ethics of The Sex Cell Market

Selling Sex…Cells: Navigating the Ethics of The Sex Cell Market

The growth of assisted reproductive technologies has created a market for sex cell donors, but females who donate eggs still face a number of risks and ethical concerns.

The Story of Science at Yale, Part II: Sizing Up Science at Yale

The Story of Science at Yale, Part II: Sizing Up Science at Yale

Science at Yale has changed substantially during the past decades, and recent surveys show both strengths and room for improvement in Yale’s science education system.

Left Brain, Right Brain: An Outdated Argument

Left Brain, Right Brain: An Outdated Argument

Recent research shows that, while the left and right hemispheres of the brain differ clearly in some abilities, such as language, they are also remarkably flexible.