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Human

Mind, body, health, disease, medicine and hope

The human experience is driven not just by the natural processes that shape our minds, bodies and world, but also by our ability to understand and shape those processes. From good health to terrible disease, from the foods we eat to the drugs we take, and from simple psychology to the the complexity of consciousness.

How an angry encounter with a total stranger helped to identify the cause of Legionnaires’ disease.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

An experiment half a century ago created an industry that specializes in freezing the dead. Many scientists think the chance of reviving them is slim.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

A special imaging technique takes pictures of blood flow under the skin, revealing how and why some elderly suffer poor blood flow.

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

Turning New Year’s resolutions into habits.

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

Toddler's remains, found in a church crypt in Lithuania, challenge conventional wisdom about the history and spread of smallpox.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Shaving and grooming may create an opportunity for infections to spread.

Brian Owens, Contributor

The same system that rewards you for selfish actions also rewards you for generous ones.

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

Two new studies find that electronic device use near bedtime is linked with poor sleep in adults and children.

Rebecca Boyle, Contributor

The shutdown of a Canadian nuclear reactor creates a greater than 50 percent chance of a shortage of an important testing marker.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

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