Designing Less Addictive Opioids, Through Chemistry

One potential way to make opioids less addictive is to make them target injured tissue rather than the healthy brain

Medication Safety

Delta Variant Makes It Even More Important to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine, Even if You’ve Already Had the Coronavirus

Research shows people who were previously infected with coronavirus might be susceptible to the new strains, while people who were vaccinated were more likely to be protected

Your Health

25-Year-Long Study of Black Women Links Frequent Use of Lye-Based Hair Relaxers to a Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

The elevated risk for the heaviest users of lye-based hair products – which included about 20% of study participants – is concerning

Lifestyle

Mindfulness Meditation Can Make Some Americans More Selfish and Less Generous

Mindfulness in the U.S. is frequently offered simply as a tool for focusing attention and improving well-being, a conception of mindfulness some critics have referred to as "McMindfulness"

Your Health

Benjamin Franklin’s Fight Against a Deadly Virus: Colonial America Was Divided Over Smallpox Inoculation, but He Championed Science to Skeptics

The varying responses to a deadly smallpox outbreak 300 years ago provide an eerily prescient object lesson for today's world, similarly devastated by a virus and divided over vaccination

Prevention & Screenings

‘Cheating’s OK for Me, but Not for Thee’ – Inside the Messy Psychology of Sexual Double Standards

Each side is just as likely to play mental gymnastics when it comes to justifying their bad behavior

Sexual Health

What It’s Like to Care for a Child With Severe Eczema

My daughter has severe eczema and life-threatening food allergies. Keeping her safe is a family affair.

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Too Few Women Get to Invent – That’s a Problem for Women’s Health

In 2020, only 12.8% of U.S. inventors receiving patents were women. Historically, male researchers have ignored the medical needs of women.

Science and Technology

Sending Science Majors Into Elementary Schools Helps Latino and Black Students Realize Scientists Can Look Like Them

Research shows a more diverse scientific community could lead to more innovation, better health care, more supportive academic spaces and a greater trust in science

Science and Technology

Why Do We Hate the Sound of Our Own Voices?

When played back to you on a recording, your voice can sound unrecognizable

Your Health

Can Schools Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Students Now That Pfizer’s Shot Is Authorized for Kids 12 and Up?

The Food and Drug Administration has granted the first emergency use authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents. What comes next?

Prevention & Screenings

Can a Blood Test Diagnose Depression?

An Indiana University researcher has identified biomarkers that provide clues about a patient's mental health. It could lead to a breakthrough in diagnosis and treatment.

Self-Care & Mental Health

15 Minutes With Dr. Lauren Gardner

You may not know her name, but you've probably used the dashboard she and her team created to track Covid-19

Your Health