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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.