Do older mothers really live longer? And what does it mean if they do?

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You may have seen the headlines: “Older mothers tend to live longer,” was how TIME put it. NPR chose a more careful but similar phrasing: “Older moms take heart: You may be more likely to live longer.” But the study …

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Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

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Commander Chris Hadfield captured the world’s imagination last year, when, from 13 March to 13 May 2013, he was the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station. While aboard the ISS, Commander Hadfield did a series of “experiments,” both …

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Anthrax, false research, triglycerides, mea culpa, cellphone freedom

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Accidental anthrax

Which is the more likely threat to public safety?  A single big release of deadly organisms by terrorists, the nightmare that fuels much bioweapons research and a string of lookalike novels that are nearly a genre in …

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Getting to the Bottom of Fecal Transplants

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Fecal bacteria sampleImagine that you are a bacterium, comfortably living inside a human bowel movement.

Suddenly, a chemical attack kills most of your neighbors. As other types of microorganisms arrive and begin to take over the vacated niches, they alter the milieu …

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Student Blogging and Effective Teaching: Neuroanthropology in Action

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Play and the PostNeuroanthropology and the Power of Student Blogging
by Daniel H. Lende

This spring, in my graduate class on Neuroanthropology, the students crafted excellent posts that brought together their own interests with the interdisciplinary approach at the heart of this new …

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Do antihistamines make you gain weight?

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Man Sneezing“Achoo!!”

Some folks have allergies that flare up on a seasonal basis. This spring has certainly not been kind to this group.

But if you’re like me, battling your allergies is a year-round affair. The common antihistaimnes available at every …

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Soothing psychotherapists’ brains with NeuroBalm

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Promoters of Emotionally Focused Psychotherapy offer sciencey claims with undeclared conflicts of interest, cherry picked evidence, and bad science.

The temptation exists for researchers and clinicians to search for the strongest and most provocative version of their knowledge, which will

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Bullet Points: This article has no waiting period

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In December of 2012, I was asked my thoughts on the Sandy Hook shooting on Twitter, and if I was going to write about it through a public health lens. I said no – I didn’t want to weigh in …

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Repost: The Latest and Greatest in Treatment for PTSD: Magic Bullets and Cutting Edge Innovation

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June is PTSD awareness month.  In light of this, I am reposting a blog I wrote about “The Latest and Greatest in Treatment for PTSD.”  If you are interested in knowing more about PTSD please check out the NCPTSD website

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Did the FDA antidepressants warnings increased suicidality?

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A new study just published in the BMJ makes this very point.

bmj-logo-ogChanges in antidepressant use by young people and suicidal behavior after FDA warnings and media coverage: quasi-experimental study

The title makes two claims:

  1. That the  2003 black box
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