I am a contributing editor at Scientific American and write the Brain Waves blog for Psychology Today (you can find those posts here). My work has also appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, Vogue and many other publications. Earlier in my career, I was on staff at Newsweek, and People, among other places and I’ve included a few of my old favorites from those days.

Ways to Extend Your Healthy Years, Not Just Your Life

Credit: Jay Bendt The biology of aging shows ways to lengthen your healthspan, years free of serious disease Over the past century the average life expectancy in developed countries has increased by 30 years, from roughly age 50 to 80. Vaccines, sanitation, antibiotics, and other advances allow many more people…

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How to Figure Out if Moderate Drinking Is Too Risky for You

New research shows any alcohol can harm your body, but the increased risk may not be huge Wine with dinner is a lovely thing. I enjoy a glass or two, though rarely more. I have seen the terrible toll of alcohol use disorder and know the risks. Or I thought…

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Hearing Aids Stave Off Cognitive Decline

By Josh Fischman, Tanya Lewis, Carin Leong, Elah Feder Hearing aids may help maintain better brain functions in older people, and better health overall. Full Transcript Tanya Lewis: Hi, this is Your Health, Quickly, a Scientific American podcast series! Josh Fischman: We highlight the latest vital health news: Discoveries that affect your body and your mind. Lewis: And we break…

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Hearing Aids May Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia

As few as 15 percent of people who would benefit from hearing aids use them A friend recently noticed that she couldn’t always hear her phone ringing or family members calling from another room. A hearing test revealed mild loss in high frequencies, which was possibly age-related—she is in her…

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Adjusting Your Body Clock May Stave Off Cancer

I usually get up by 7 A.M. and am in bed by 10 P.M. I tend to eat meals at the same times of day, too. This may sound a little dull, but it’s essential for my productivity. It’s also a schedule that rarely disrupts my body clock. And a steady clock, it turns out, just might help me and many other people avoid cancer and some other diseases, according to new research.

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Brain Waves Synchronize when People Interact

Neuroscientists usually investigate one brain at a time. They observe how neurons fire as a person reads certain words, for example, or plays a video game. As social animals, however, those same scientists do much of their work together—brainstorming hypotheses, puzzling over problems and fine-tuning experimental designs. Increasingly, researchers are bringing that reality into how they study brains.

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