They started turning up in late summer 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, and they haven’t gone away: article upon article about “mood food.” The basic claim goes like this: Your stressful feelings and moods are the result of your eating habits, and you can fix them yourself.
With the school year starting soon, debates are raging across the country about whether students should wear masks or not. Both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all staff and students wear masks, regardless of whether they’re vaccinated or not.
Yet only eight U.S. states are requiring students to wear masks, and eight other states have made it legally impossible for any schools to require masks. …
Simone Biles’ unexpected withdrawal Tuesday from the Olympics gymnastics team final (which was followed by the announcement that she won’t be participating in the individual all-around competition either) prompted a predictable barrage of criticism from conservative pundits calling Biles “soft” and “weak,” and labeling her decision a sign of selfishness and the decline of toughness in American culture.
This was, on the face of it, patently absurd, given that Biles is the greatest gymnast in history, and has pushed the sport’s limits by doing ever more dazzling — and dangerous — skills. But it was especially ridiculous in this case…
Long before you routinely forget where you left the keys or why you walked into a room, the wheels of cognitive decline could be turning in your brain, setting you on a course to eventual dementia.
But dementia is not inevitable, experts say.
Several new and recent studies strengthen the case for prevention strategies that you can employ starting right now — no matter how old you are — to improve your chances of staying sharp down the road.
“The underlying process related to cognitive decline starts in early adult life, and probably even earlier,” Walter Willett, MD, a professor…
Chronic stress is a killer. It’s associated with dysfunctions of the heart, brain, and immune system, and it seems to cause or contribute to all manner of health problems — from heart disease and diabetes to depression and dementia.
While just about everyone recognizes the dangers of chronic stress, experts still haven’t figured out a great way to measure it. Typically, they rely on psychological assessments — basically, asking people about their life and state of mind — and biomarkers such as blood pressure.
Unfortunately, these diagnostic methods are imprecise and sometimes unreliable. They give doctors a good idea of…
After weeks of pressure from public health experts and mounting evidence of the risk that vaccinated people can transmit Delta variant Covid-19 infections, the CDC finally reversed course on their mask guidance. Just days after doubling down on the agency’s worst Covid-related recommendation since Biden took office, CDC director Rochelle Walensky backtracked Tuesday and said the CDC recommends the following people wear masks indoors even if they’re fully vaccinated:
The past two weeks have felt confusing, frustrating, and sudden for many people. As Covid-19 infection rates declined more and more throughout the summer, things started to feel a bit more normal-ish for many people.
Some felt like the pandemic was finally ending despite public health experts warning that it wasn’t and that another wave would arrive by fall. And then — BAM! — seemingly out of nowhere, the delta variant hit hard and fast. It’s now responsible for 83% of all infections in the U.S.
Now, just as families and schools are preparing for the upcoming school year, people…
“We’re not done with this,” warns Stanford epidemiologist Steven Goodman about the Covid-19 pandemic. I believe my brother.
In March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic was spreading and lockdowns were being imposed, I asked Steven to join me on The Vermont Conversation, the radio show and podcast that I host, to share publicly what he was telling me privately about this novel virus.
Among the frustrations of growing older, at least for many of us, is the increasing struggle to remember people we’ve met, or what was for lunch yesterday. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out why: Our brains shrink, and communication between different parts gets fuzzy.
But for some older folks, dubbed by scientists as “superagers,” the brain remains remarkably and mysteriously intact, virtually indistinguishable by several measures from the noggins of 20-somethings. …
In 2013, the British Psychological Society published a position statement that raised alarms about “the increasing medicalisation” of mental health care.
In particular, the BPS took issue with the language and criteria outlined in the American Psychiatric Association’s newly updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the DSM-5 — which psychiatrists and many other mental-health experts around the world rely on to guide their work.
The BPS called the DSM-5’s classification models “flawed” and unreliable.
It argued that the DSM-5’s current approach to identifying and labeling mental health problems lacks consistency and scientific rigor, over-emphasizes biological factors and…
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