Victims of childhood sexual abuse are far more likely to become obese adults. New research shows that early trauma is so damaging that it can disrupt a person’s entire psychology and metabolism.
Extreme perfectionism drives some people to mutilate themselves. Here’s what one person who recovered from trichotillomania says the disorder taught her about attention, stress, and ambition.
A new report says South Dakota regulates childbearing in all the wrong ways.
A new study finds that thinking about far-off events in terms of days, rather than years, makes people get started sooner.
In an effort to protect children in the midst of addiction epidemics, some states are jailing women for using drugs during pregnancy. But is incarceration the best approach?
An interview with Gates about why so many newborns die in developing countries, and what he thinks he can do about it
A cost-benefit analysis of manliness and microbiology
What people like Napoleon and Jimi Hendrix devoured before they died
A new report finds that today's twentysomethings have a lower birthrate than any previous generation.
With its switch to Splenda, Pepsi becomes the latest company to fold to public anxieties over specific ingredients. But when it comes to understanding what's best nutritionally, the customer isn't always right.
Why asking for advice makes people seem smart
An interactive look at which drugs people start using right after they first use marijuana—and what that really means
Disability Insurance provides a much-needed safety net for nine million Americans, but basic structural mean that many never work again.
Why people in several countries believe that the spots happen when pregnant women ignore their food cravings
An anthropologist discusses some common misconceptions about female genital cutting, including the idea that men force women to undergo the procedure.
Can mental-health courts, in which people are sentenced to therapy, help?
A new study explores how 11-month-olds expand their knowledge by playing with unpredictable objects.
In some European countries, women get luxurious maternity leave, steeply discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.
Oh my God, Becky, look at this vigorous debate among scholars about the true origin of a preference among straight males for curvier backsides.
Disability Insurance is providing a much-needed safety net for 9 million Americans, but basic flaws in the program's structure mean that many never work again.
Arizona's legislature wants doctors to offer an unproven treatment to women who regret terminating their pregnancies.