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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.

The health benefits of a month without alcohol are unclear, and the British and Canadian medical authorities recommend several drink-free days per week.

Benjamin Plackett, Contributor

A neuroscientist explains how music is the language of emotion.

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

A 12-year study of more than 1,000 people at one Boston hospital suggests a new way to alert emergency room doctors of underlying addiction.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Many of the boys in the choir had tics, leading the scientists to speculate that the repetitive movements may be related to motor learning.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Nicotine in the air and clothing permeates skin and enters the bloodstream at levels equivalent to inhalation of secondhand smoke.

Kimberly Hickok, Contributor

A new technique prints tiny middle ear bones for a perfect fit.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Population study shows that 2010 Affordable Care Act improved insurance coverage rates for patients receiving one form of cancer treatment.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Scientific advances in the way doctors diagnose and treat concussions.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

The long road to truly understanding what causes our political beliefs.

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

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