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  • What ails America? The answer varies from state to state

    What ails America? The answer varies from state to state

    The state of the union’s health is improving. But it is doing so very unequally, and recent signs of progress are in danger of being reversed by diseases of excess and despair, including obesity, depression, suicide and substance abuse. Those are the broad conclusions of a new roundup of Americans’...

  • Could this drug help the brain recover after a stroke?

    Could this drug help the brain recover after a stroke?

    Despite years of effort, researchers have so far failed to find a pill you could take or a food you could eat to harden your brain against the injury that could be caused by a stroke. But new research offers the prospect of limiting a stroke’s long-term damage in a different way: with a drug that...

  • A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

    A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

    Lisa Mosconi, an Italian-born neuroscientist and nutritionist, had no idea how important the taste of water was to her until she moved to New York City and took a long sip from the tap. “This is supposed to be the best water in America,” she said, “but it tasted awful. It was disgusting.” She set...

  • Surprise! Scientists find signs of new brain cells in adults as old as 79

    Surprise! Scientists find signs of new brain cells in adults as old as 79

    Do we continue to add new neurons to our brain circuitry throughout our lives? Or does our neuron count remain fixed once we reach adulthood? The scientific debate rages on. In a report published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell, scientists from Columbia University present new evidence that our brains...

  • This retinal implant may one day cure blindness caused by macular degeneration

    This retinal implant may one day cure blindness caused by macular degeneration

    For many of the 10 million Americans who are losing their vision to a thievish eye condition with no treatment, help may be on its way. In a very early clinical trial, researchers have implanted a stem cell “patch” to repair failing retinal cells in four patients with a condition called “dry” macular...

  • A sudden loss of wealth may be hazardous to your health

    A sudden loss of wealth may be hazardous to your health

    Your financial health may have more bearing on your physical health than you realize. American adults who experienced a sudden and substantial loss of wealth were 50% more likely to die in a 20-year period than were others in their age group whose financial picture remained relatively stable, or...

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