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The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

Why the Silence Comandante Ortega? That paraphrasing of a headline from the great Spanish daily El Pais introduced a story in the paper on the difficulties that Nicaragua has faced in coming to grips with the death and disability wrought by a still-unexplained kidney disease epidemic...

STAFFFebruary 12, 2014 — Gary Stix
Fooling Brain Defenses To Deliver an Alzheimer’s Drug

Fooling Brain Defenses To Deliver an Alzheimer’s Drug

The blood-brain barrier is the Berlin Wall of human anatomy and physiology Its closely packed cells shield neurons and the like from toxins and pathogens, while letting pass glucose and other essential chemicals for brain metabolism (caffeine?)...

STAFFJanuary 12, 2014 — Gary Stix
My Brain Made Me Pull the Trigger

My Brain Made Me Pull the Trigger

The emerging academic discipline of neuroethics has been driven, in part, by the recognition that introducing brain scans as legal evidence is fraught with peril.  Most neuroscientists think that a brain scan is unable to provide an accurate representation of the state of mind of a defendant or determine whether his frontal lobes predispose to some wanton [...]..

STAFFNovember 20, 2013 — Gary Stix
Is Mindfulness Good for Everything? Maybe Not for Learning to Ride a Bike

Is Mindfulness Good for Everything? Maybe Not for Learning to Ride a Bike

Searching the keyword “mindfulness” on Google News turns up more than 9,000 results posted over the last few weeks. The vast majority of headlines arrive in your browser resonating with  hyperbolic overtones: “Pioneering Lee School uses mindfulness for pupils to beat stress and boost exams” “How to Manage Your 40,000 Thoughts A Day and Keep [...]..

STAFFNovember 14, 2013 — Gary Stix

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