Ayurveda and integrative medicine: Riding a tiger


The global crisis in health care is deepening. For the majority, affordable quality health care seems like a distant dream. Healthcare systems need to understand the complex interplay of biology, behavior, socioeconomic and environmental factors that shape health. These factors cannot be considered in isolation from each other. Planning effective treatment of disease requires addressing them all together, fully and integratively. Leer Más

Why Psychologists Say Anxiety Is the ‘Shadow’ of Intelligence


I used to think that a life free of anxiety would be awesome: no more bitten fingernails, more relaxation, more mental bandwidth — instead of worrying, I could think about cool things like bears in pools or Keanu Reeves classics. But after speaking with David Barlow, the founder and director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University and author of Anxiety and Its Disorders, I have a newfound appreciation for the worrying voice that shows up in my head time and again. Leer Más

He may have invented one of neuroscience’s biggest advances. But you’ve never heard of him

Dr. Zhuo Hua Pan, a professor at Wayne State University, poses for a portrait on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in his lab at Scott Hall in Detroit, Mich. Pan holds the patent for the version of optogenetics — a neurological technology that could potentially cure blindness — that is currently in clinical trials.  Sean Proctor for STAT

The next revolution in medicine just might come from a new lab technique that makes neurons sensitive to light. The technique, called optogenetics, is one of the biggest breakthroughs in neuroscience in decades. It has the potential to cure blindness, treat Parkinson’s disease, and relieve chronic pain. Moreover, it’s become widely used to probe the workings of animals’ brains in the lab, leading to breakthroughs in scientists’ understanding of things like sleep, addiction, and sensation. Leer Más