A new study shows that the field suffers from a reproducibility problem, but the extent of the issue is still hard to nail down.
A growing number of companies are developing assistive technologies to help disabled people walk—but these devices can distract from infrastructure changes that would make cities more disability-friendly.
The rise of compulsive junk-collection means more people will perish while trapped amid their stuff.
To make it into Guinness World Records, people have braved extreme conditions, baked any number of jumbo-sized foods, and done extraordinary things to their facial hair. What’s the appeal of being the best at an arbitrary contest?
Lumping all usage of screens under one scary name is useless, even counterproductive.
The drug modafinil was recently found to enhance cognition in healthy people. Should you take it to get a raise?
A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.
The emerging field of “neuropsychoanalysis” aims to combine two fundamentally different areas of study—psychoanalysis and neuroscience—for a whole new way of understanding how the mind works.
Why is norovirus, which causes most cases of gastroenteritis, so easily spread? Scientists built a vomiting machine to find out.
Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes traces the history and evolving definition of autism—and argues for a more nuanced, more empathetic understanding of what it means to be autistic.
Isolated spurts of intense exercise don’t cancel out the harm of sitting still at the office all day. A new study suggests that biking while working can help.
How the new, very purple “Caya” is trying to make an old-fashioned birth-control option relevant again
After heart surgery, a couple gets a $30,000 cardiologist’s invoice. Can others avoid the same fate?
The drug's controversial approval yesterday comes on the heels of two previous unsuccessful attempts, lingering questions about safety, and uncertainty about whether or not it really works.
A new study shows that a healthy mood can spread through friend groups.
Constant monitoring, noise, and other interruptions can keep people awake through the night—and their health can suffer as a result.
Several new studies suggest starches are an essential human nutrient and can be part of an effective weight-loss plan.
In the U.S. health-care system, it’s often unclear who should talk to patients about end-of-life care options. Medicare’s new reimbursement scheme may incentivize doctors to take ownership of those difficult conversations.
Newly discovered documents show how crucial autism research was ignored, perpetuating misinformation about autistic children.
A new study finds that air pollution kills 4,000 people per day in China.
When two objects that shouldn’t go together somehow click, they provide a serendipitous moment of order in a world that’s mostly chaos.
Most animal-health research focuses on infections that have already made the leap to people. A veterinary scientist explains why that may be bad for public health.