What is depression? – Helen M. Farrell

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. In the United States, close to 10% of adults struggle with depression. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. One major source of confusion is the difference between having depression and just feeling depressed. …

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Cell vs. virus: A battle for health – Shannon Stiles

Cell vs. virus: A battle for health – Shannon Stiles

You’re in line at the grocery store when, uh oh, someone sneezes on you. The cold virus is sucked inside your lungs and lands on a cell on your airway lining. Every living thing on Earth is made of cells, from the smallest one-celled bacteria to the giant blue whale to you. Each cell in …

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The psychology behind irrational decisions – Sara Garofalo

The psychology behind irrational decisions – Sara Garofalo

Let’s say you’re on a game show. You’ve already earned $1000 in the first round when you land on the bonus space. Now, you have a choice. You can either take a $500 bonus guaranteed or you can flip a coin. If it’s heads, you win $1000 bonus. If it’s tails, you get no bonus …

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The psychology of post-traumatic stress disorder – Joelle Rabow Maletis

The psychology of post-traumatic stress disorder – Joelle Rabow Maletis

Many of us will experience some kind of trauma during our lifetime. Sometimes, we escape with no long-term effects. But for millions of us, those experiences linger, causing symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and negative thoughts that interfere with everyday life. This phenomenon, called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, isn’t a personal failing; rather, it’s a …

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How do carbohydrates impact your health? – Richard J. Wood

How do carbohydrates impact your health? – Richard J. Wood

Which of these has the least carbohydrates? This roll of bread? This bowl of rice? Or this can of soda? It’s a trick question. Although they may differ in fats, vitamins, and other nutritional content, when it comes to carbs, they’re pretty much the same. So what exactly does that mean for your diet? First …

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How does your body process medicine? – Céline Valéry

How does your body process medicine? – Céline Valéry

Have you ever wondered what happens to a painkiller, like ibuprofen, after you swallow it? Medicine that slides down your throat can help treat a headache, a sore back, or a throbbing sprained ankle. But how does it get where it needs to go in the first place? The answer is that it hitches a …

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5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache

5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache

5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache. Millions of Americans suffer from debilitating headaches. According to Mayo Clinic, a primary headache is caused by “problems with or over activity of pain-sensitive structures in your head.” But there are also lesser-known, even strange causes of headaches. Below is a list of some of the weirder headache …

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A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

When I was 13, I lost my grandfather to a silent heart attack. What happened to be more shocking was that at 75, grandpa was really normal, healthy and energetic, but he was diabetic. Learning all of this was so painful that I decided to go out on a war against this deadly killer and …

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How does your brain respond to pain? – Karen D. Davis

How does your brain respond to pain? – Karen D. Davis

Translator: Jessica Ruby Reviewer: Caroline Cristal Let’s say that it would take you ten minutes to solve this puzzle. How long would it take if you received constant electric shocks to your hands? Longer, right? Because the pain would distract you from the task. Well, maybe not; it depends on how you handle pain. Some …

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How Do Pain Relievers Work? – George Zaidan

How Do Pain Relievers Work? – George Zaidan

Translator: Ido Dekkers Reviewer: Ariana Bleau Lugo Say you’re at the beach, and you get sand in your eyes. How do you know the sand is there? You obviously can’t see it, but if you are a normal, healthy human, you can feel it, that sensation of extreme discomfort, also known as pain. Now, pain …

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