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Dr. Douglas Fields


Social Interaction in Early Life Affects Wiring to the Frontal Lobes

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted November 13, 2012

A study published in tomorrow's issue of Science shows that social interaction during a critical period of early life has irreversible effects on maturation of connections to the frontal lobes of the brain, disrupting social interactions and cognitive ability into adulthood.
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.


When Is More Not Always Better? Advances in Science That Raise Important Questions

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted November 13, 2012

While advances in science no doubt help us in countless ways, and in no way am I suggesting we impede the development of medicines that improve the quality of our lives, we need to keep a watchful eye on the cultural pressures some unwittingly create.


Please, Don't Diss the Water

Larry_Cohen | Posted November 13, 2012

We all deserve water and the more we drink it, the better. It's time to teach our children and ourselves that when it comes to quenching thirst and hydrating the body, nothing beats good old H2O.
Steven M. Southwick


The Science of Resilience

Steven M. Southwick | Posted November 13, 2012

When my colleagues and I began to study post-traumatic stress disorder, we assumed resilient people were somehow special, perhaps genetically gifted. We were wrong. Everyone can learn and train to be more resilient.
Julianna Joss


New York Soda Ban: Education Over Limitations

Julianna Joss | Posted November 13, 2012

Rather than placing draconian gastronomic limitations on the people, we should provide them with the tools, the knowledge, and the understanding to make the best choices possible.
Michele Simon


McDonald's and Coca-Cola -- An Unhealthy Alliance

Michele Simon | Posted November 13, 2012

While it's obvious that the soda industry would be on the defense, largely missing from the debate so far has been the role of the fast food and restaurant industry as a significant driver of soft drink sales
David Katz, M.D.


Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted November 13, 2012

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?
David Gratzer


Why Bloomberg's War on Soda Will Fail

David Gratzer | Posted November 13, 2012

If we want to reverse the obesity epidemic -- as we must -- then the policies we choose must be more nuanced and more positive. Copying the heavy-handed war on tobacco, as Mayor Bloomberg is doing with his war on soda, will fail.
Stephan Spencer


Friend or Food? The Ideology of How We Decide

Stephan Spencer | Posted November 13, 2012

Dr. Melanie Joy wants to engage in meaningful dialogue about the entrenched ideology that allows people to shut their minds to the reality of what it means to be a meat eater and to ignore the cruelty inherent in animal agriculture.