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Two new reasons to check your blood pressure now, even if you’re young

Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, many without realizing it amid a new definition of what’s “high.” So I’m understandably worried about you, given the risk for heart attacks, strokes, and dementia that are associated with elevated blood pressure.

Have you checked yours lately?

If not, two…

Here’s what science tells us about these powerful molecules

In the last decade, discussions around psychedelics have exploded, driven in part by research showing their safety and efficacy in treating a number of mental health conditions ranging from depression to anxiety to addiction. Psychedelic molecules have obvious, dramatic effects on our thinking and mood. But when it comes to…

What medical research reveals about the reported cognitive and psychological effects

At the time of this writing, over 200 million people throughout the world are thought to have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (2019 coronavirus). This is proposed to have directly contributed to over four million deaths. Like other coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2 was quickly identified as preferentially affecting the lungs and…

Age Wise

Some old brains look and work like those of twenty-somethings

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…


Your executive control center has helped your mental health survive the pandemic thus far. Here’s how to strengthen it for the future.

A lot has been written (including by this reporter) about the mental health toll of the pandemic, and for good reason. The latest numbers from the National Pulse Survey, a weekly mental health screen conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. …

Good Question

What research says about how it works in the brain — and the many conditions it may be useful for

Welcome to my new column for Elemental. Each Tuesday, I’ll attempt to answer a thought-provoking health question with the help of one or two experts. If you’d like to suggest a topic, please email me at goodhealthquestion@gmail.com.

Hypnosis has long struggled with branding issues. For many, the term still conjures…

The Nuance

How expectation, emotion, and other neurocognitive factors affect our perception of pain

Imagine that you’re about to have a tooth pulled. Your dentist tells you that, unfortunately, the tooth’s roots are infected, and so the procedure is going to hurt. A lot. It can’t be helped.

Now imagine an alternate scenario. You still need that tooth pulled, but this time your dentist…


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