placebo effect

3.27.19

The Power of the Nocebo Effect

Nocebo is the evil twin of the placebo effect—and my constant companion. I set out to find out what it is, and how I could learn to harness the more positive effects of medical mind games.

3.26.19

The Power of the Nocebo Effect

Nocebo is the evil twin of the placebo effect—and my constant companion. I set out to find out what it is, and how I could learn to harness the more positive effects of medical mind games.

12.14.18

Just Hearing the Results of a DNA Test Can Make Your Body Act Differently

People who were told that they were genetically at risk for poor exercise capacity couldn’t run as long as they could before they were told about their “risk.”

11.27.18

7 Gifts For the Anxious Traveler

Products that make travel slightly less miserable for the uptight jet-setters and peripatetic neurotics in your life.

9.14.18

Cool Science News You Don’t Want To Miss

A 3,300-year-old mummy's healthcare, a blood test that can read your body's internal clock, and predicting who will respond to sugar pills for pain.

6.1.17

Beer Before Liquor Won't Make You Sicker

Liquor before beer might, though.

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4.24.17

Science Explains How to Trick Yourself Into Getting Over Your Broken Heart

Researchers have found a surprising way to reduce the sting of a bad break-up.

10.14.15

Saying a Game Has 'AI' Makes It Better (Because No One Knows What It Means)

Saying a game AI is like saying a drink has electrolytes.

6.23.15

I Tried to Cure My Self-Loathing with a Shaman on the Streets of New York

I saw a wolf sitting in the black field of my mind, but I still hate myself.

2.19.15

Wind Farm Syndrome Is the Fake Illness That Science Can't Kill

The Australian Medical Research Council is launching its third inquiry into whether wind farms cause illnesses. But is this just a excuse to slander renewable energy?

2.7.14

Do Shamans Still Believe in the Magic of Shamanism?

Despite growing up around folks who believed they spoke to spirits and attempted to treat my busted-up shoulder with a laying-on of hands (wherein everyone touched me and tried to will their positive energy into my rotator cuff), I’ve always wondered...