Let's grant that we can reduce impulsivity to a single brain structure (which isn't itself true). Instead of saying this study provides evidence that addiction is inborn, it is equally true -- truer -- to say that it suggests that impulsivity and brain structure have no impact on addiction.
When multiple moving parts are at play, it's only logical that things will start advancing. That's what is happening now in the Alzheimer's disease cause.
Even if we were to isolate sugar as public health enemy number one, its regulation would draw us into challenging subtleties.
It doesn't make sense to wait years for definitive proof before we start a brain-healthy lifestyle. There's no reason to sit around for decades before beginning to protect our brains.
A paper just published in a psychology journal provides a fresh look at one of the most often-discussed early studies of human behavior, the "Little Albert" experiment.
Although clinical trials show nicotine replacement therapy patients do better at quitting cigarettes, surveys of smokers who have quit or tried to quit typically do not find any advantage for those who rely on NRT.
It might very well be the case that adequate adiponectin activity may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's. However, resistance to the hormone may prevent the body from benefitting from the those effects. Further research is needed to resolve this new puzzle.
The dramatic rise in depression diagnoses over the last two decades is a great challenge to modern medicine. The reasons for the increase are complex, but one important theory deserves special consideration.
The next time you hear your doctor tell you to eat your vegetables and to avoid fatty processed pro-inflammatory foods, just remember that it's not just your doctor who's telling you that... your body is screaming to you for the same thing as well.
There's some important news for millions of people -- most of them women -- who suffer from the syndrome fibromyalgia: A new study suggests that sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of developing fibromyalgia.
Today, too many families face President Reagan's "long goodbye" -- and too many Alzheimers' victims know, even as the disease begins to rob them of their memories, of the pain their families will face.
I have an opinion about Plan B. It's that we can, and should, do better than opinion when making decisions that affect health, and have the potential to change the course of lives.
The next time you're toasting your health for the holidays, should you raise a glass of water instead of a finely crafted vintage? The science on the merits and risks of wine have become increasingly murky the more we learn.
It has been apparent for many years that chronic exposure to SSRI antidepressants frequently makes people feel apathetic or less engaged in their lives, and ultimately more depressed.
While bad breath has been around pretty much as long as man has, research in the science world continues to find out what is behind bad breath and how to fix it -- not to mention new advances in technology.
No sooner do the blue lines show up on a pregnancy test than expectant parents find themselves bombarded with brochures from companies extolling the benefits of umbilical-cord blood banking.
Unless you're on a media-free diet, you've probably heard the news about the 15 pounds college students supposedly pack on freshman year. Just in case you missed it, the "Freshman 15" has been deemed nothing but a media myth.
Many of the yoga studies that are done are deeply flawed, primarily because yoga is a practice that, if not done with a certain amount of diligence and enthusiasm, doesn't provide the benefits it promises.
Here's some serious and important news about sleep and heart health: there's yet more evidence of a link between sleeplessness and heart disease.
The bottom line here is that intelligence was never, and will never, be fixed at birth. Be very skeptical of any media report that argues that a new study overturns research showing that it is.