Body & Mind

Your Latest Health Care Provider: A Plant

You’ve got a lot on your mind when you’re sitting in your doctor’s waiting room — how crummy you may be feeling, how much your blasted co-pay will be, how long you’ll have to wait before somebody actually sees you. You’re …

Explaining Why Meditators May Live Longer

(Updated) The image of the ancient but youthful-looking sage meditating on a mountaintop might be closer to reality than you think, according to a new study that found that after a three-month stay at a meditation retreat, people …

Is a Wandering Mind an Unhappy One?

When your teacher told you to stop daydreaming and pay attention, she might actually have helped improve your mood as well as your school performance — if the findings of a new study on mind wandering are anything to go by.

Spend Too Much For Those Shoes? Blame Your Genes

Science has yet to isolate the Godiva Chocolate or Prada gene, but that doesn’t mean your weakness for pricey swag isn’t woven into your DNA. According to a new study of identical twins, it’s less TV ads or Labor Day sales that …

Understanding the Frightened Mind

When you’re scared, do you find yourself frozen stiff or trying to escape?

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and GlaxoSmithKline say they’ve uncovered the neural switch that regulates between an active or …

FDA: obesity drug works, but safety concerns remain

A potential new obesity drug appears effective at helping patients lose weight, according to a report released today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but concerns remain about side effects — which could include depression, anxiety, impact on heart rate and risks for pregnant women. The document was released in advance of a

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