Research indicates that lack of religion is a key reason why people in wealthy countries don't feel a sense of purpose.
New research says moral bias against suicide often comes from disgust over a tainted soul.
Many states require insurance to pay for seeing chiropractors. A few cover marriage counseling, and a handful reimburse for massage therapy. Increasingly, health experts rely on the political system to decide what should be reimbursable by insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid. The results haven't been promising for the expanding definition of care.
The story of Pedal Power's bike machine is spreading quickly. The two-man company has more than tripled its crowd-sourced fundraising goal, and its bike desk is being used to power laptops, grind grain for beer, and churn butter.
How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.
"If you can't do something perfectly, why do it at all?" Stories from Atlantic readers on how to think about anxiety, what is helpful, and what isn't.
In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.
When can you call a food addictive?
What can you learn from that appealing look of testosterone?
How much of religious history was influenced by mind-altering substances?
The idea that gluten and carbohydrates are at the root of Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, depression, and ADHD has now reached millions of people. It is the basis of a number-one bestseller written by a respected physician. What is it worth?
Living in tiny spaces can cause psychological problems.
Chronic illness is the new first-world problem.
Novelty and perceptual vastness force us into the present moment, which has health benefits.
Being the arbiter of someone's attractiveness can be interpreted as an expression of masculinity that women are not traditionally expected to adopt.
A panel of physicians wrote today in a major medical journal about which vitamin and mineral supplements are bad and which are null, and how we keep buying them.
The drug company has issued an ethical challenge.
Through epigenetics, our parents' lives could influence our memories.
A proposed rule would require companies to show antibacterial soap prevents infection more effectively, or else reformulate products.
A physician and nurse practitioner discuss the emerging role of medicals professionals who ease the death process. There is no one right way to die, but just as we need help coming into the world, we need support and love going out of it.