Loneliness has been increasing across all ages even before the pandemic. It’s especially noteworthy among seniors, and it can dramatically affect health. An expert geriatrician who has studied the effects of loneliness and the leader of an organization that provides friendly visitors to the isolated elderly discuss.
As much as 16 percent of the population suffers from trypophobia, which makes them uneasy at the sight of holes clustered together, as in a honeycomb. Two experts and a sufferer discuss this phobia, which can be remarkably debilitating.
A study suggests recovery from concussions might take twice as long as we thought. Then, researchers say they have a solution for “Zoom fatigue.” Next, a study finds cannabis use may hurt men’s fertility. Plus, new research finds that certain kinds of people are more susceptible to conspiracy theories. And finally, turns out craft beer really is different?
Government reports say more than 265 million healthcare records have been stolen, lost, or improperly disclosed in the last decade. It may create a financial risk, but it could also mean your health conditions and secrets are all over the internet. One of the nation’s top health data experts discusses.
Heart disease is often preventable, but how people look at it often keeps them from doing as much about it as they could. Often this is a result of myth and misinformation. An expert physician discusses some of the most harmful of these myths.
With the Delta variant of COVID-19, far more Americans are worried about getting infected. Then, American children and adolescents now get two-thirds of their calories from ultra processed foods. Then, Conspiracy theories are bigger than ever… and a new study finds that certain kinds of people are much more likely to believe them. And finally…it’s good to be productive… but if you think leisure is a waste of time, you’re likely to be unhappy overall.
Entertainer Britney Spears claims in court that her conservator father won’t let her remove birth control. It’s merely the most celebrated recent case of something most people find surprising: forced sterilization still exists in the US, usually in cases of guardianship. Experts explain its legality, history & use.
Nail biting is an extremely common habit, but some people bite their nails so badly and so often that they suffer damage to their hands. Experts discuss why so many of us are driven to bite our nails, what can be done to stop it, and the damage that can occur when we can’t stop.
A new study shows that naps don’t make up for lost sleep. Then, research finds that people who have someone they can count on to listen to them have brains that age much slower than others. Next, a study suggests that for teens, a close, supportive bonds with their fathers is even more important than previously thought. And finally… a study says social media ‘shares’ and ‘likes’ have altered conversations by encouraging outrage and anger.
Schools that just a couple of months ago imagined opening free of great pandemic worry are now facing a Delta variant that’s even more contagious than the original. Yet last year’s experience is telling experts and administrators that school can be held safely if masking and other protocols are followed. Two pediatricians who are experts in how infectious disease affects schools discuss reopening for the school year.
Growing up in poverty physically changes the brain… which makes it much more likely poor kids have cognitive and behavioral difficulties later. A study showing almost a quarter of all substances used to make plastic either cause cancer, damage organs, or are toxic to the environment. And finally…it’s no secret that people who are good looking are more likely to get hired and be paid more than the rest of us, apparently, they also act differently than others as well.