Favorite Clips

The brain on junk food A high-fat, high-sugar diet can cause harm to the hippocampus–and that may lead, perversely, to even  more unhealthy impulses around food Proto

Mindfulness may help prevent depression relapse Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears to help prevent relapse by altering thought patterns without side effects. Monitor on Psychology

The right wavelength Lighting can be a powerful ally in clinical care, especially for patients prone to sleep problems.  Proto

Chemical threats Researchers are discovering potential links between chemicals in common household items and damage to developing brains. Monitor on Psychology

How chronic stress harms our DNA Research suggests chronic stress damage starts before we’re even conceived and cuts into our very cells. Monitor on Psychology

 How obesity harms kids’ brains Research suggests that obesity weakens children’s attention and memory. Monitor on Psychology

From obesity to shorter life spans, stress is public health enemy number one  The effects of stress can stimulate our appetite and lead us to choose more high-calorie, high-fat food. The Huffington Post

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Frozen embryo ‘open adoption’ raises hopes, questions Meet the modern “open adoption” family – at least two hopeful humans and one embryo, brought together by science, trust, complicated legalities and a goodly bit of luck. TODAY.com

Great expectations New research is leading to an understanding of how placebos work — findings that may lead to more effective treatments and better drug research. Monitor on Psychology

A conversation with Thomas Goetz When it comes to healthcare data, it’s all how you look at it. TEDMED.com

Like mother, like daughter: Eating disorders run in families Deborah Belfatto worried that her daughter might have an eating disorder when the 12-year-old eliminated all fat from her diet and started getting very thin. NBCNEWS.com

Cosmopolitan moms Come 4 o’clock on most Fridays, a group of eight mothers in Chestnut Hill, an affluent neighborhood in Philadelphia, gathers for drinks. The New York Times

Drugs on the Web Porn, schmorn. The next wave of web controversy is going to be of much wider interest: the availability of illegal and non-FDA-approved drugs. Forbes.com

Another day, another C-section New Jersey has the highest rate of C-sections in the nation.  Why? The New York Times

Tough times for the state animal  These are turbulent times for horse owners throughout New Jersey who are facing ever-tougher economic and environmental obstacles. The New York Times