A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman

A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman

So the first antidepressants were made from, of all things, rocket fuel, left over after World War II. Which is fitting, seeing as today, one in five soldiers develop depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder or both. But it’s not just soldiers that are at high risk for these diseases. It’s firefighters, ER doctors, cancer patients, …

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What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

So, a little while ago, members of my family had three bits of minor surgery, about a half hour each, and we got three sets of bills. For the first one, the anesthesia bill alone was 2,000 dollars; the second one, 2,000 dollars; the third one, 6,000 dollars. So I’m a journalist. I’m like, what’s …

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Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?

Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?

Translator: Timothy Covell Reviewer: Morton Bast So my freshman year of college I signed up for an internship in the housing unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. Showed up the first day ready to make coffee and photocopies, but was paired with this righteous, deeply inspired attorney named Jeff Purcell, who thrust me onto the …

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Andres Lozano: Parkinson’s, depression and the switch that might turn them off

Andres Lozano: Parkinson’s, depression and the switch that might turn them off

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast One of the things I want to establish right from the start is that not all neurosurgeons wear cowboy boots. I just wanted you to know that. So I am indeed a neurosurgeon, and I follow a long tradition of neurosurgery, and what I’m going to tell you about …

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Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare

Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare

There’s an old joke about a cop who’s walking his beat in the middle of the night, and he comes across a guy under a street lamp who’s looking at the ground and moving from side to side, and the cop asks him what he’s doing. The guys says he’s looking for his keys. So …

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Could a tattoo help you stay healthy? | Carson Bruns

Could a tattoo help you stay healthy? | Carson Bruns

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Joanna Pietrulewicz I’d like to introduce you to an interesting person named Ötzi. He lives in Italy at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology because he’s a mummy. This is an artist’s rendition of what he might have looked like when he was alive 5,300 years ago. You want to see …

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How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat

How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat

The one conversation that uplifted me more than any other in my life was with a woman who told me how, a few days earlier, she drove her Jeep Wrangler to the edge of the Grand Canyon and sat there, revving the engine, thinking about driving over. Even though I had severe social anxiety, in …

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The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood

The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood

So when you think about a child, a close friend, or a romantic partner, the word “love” probably comes to mind, and instantly other emotions rush in: joy and hope, excitement, trust and security, and yes, sometimes sadness and disappointment. There might not be a word in the dictionary that more of us are connected …

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The psychology of your future self | Dan Gilbert

The psychology of your future self | Dan Gilbert

At every stage of our lives we make decisions that will profoundly influence the lives of the people we’re going to become, and then when we become those people, we’re not always thrilled with the decisions we made. So young people pay good money to get tattoos removed that teenagers paid good money to get. …

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Don’t suffer from your depression in silence | Nikki Webber Allen

Don’t suffer from your depression in silence | Nikki Webber Allen

What are you doing on this stage in front of all these people? (Laughter) Run! (Laughter) Run now. That’s the voice of my anxiety talking. Even when there’s absolutely nothing wrong, I sometimes get this overwhelming sense of doom, like danger is lurking just around the corner. You see, a few years ago, I was …

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