Up in the Air, Stressing Out

March 30, 2010

Jet lag is the perennial unwelcome companion of the air traveler, an experience that can make one’s mind feel like it was left back at the airport. That powerful disorientation has made jet lag a topic of interest for scientists, who have [Read more]

Inching Toward the Genetic Clinic

March 29, 2010

In the clinic of the future, a person’s genomic information will be a routine part of their medical record, no more exotic than height, weight and family history. The unique genetics of each patient will be employed by the doctor and his [Read more]

Nature Takes One Back from Nurture

March 17, 2010

Ah, nature and nurture, those eternal enemies. What once used to be the domain of philosophy and English classes has migrated over the past century to the sphere of science, culminating in the completion of The Human Genome Project in 2003. But far [Read more]

The Battle of the DSM-V

February 24, 2010

There are few areas of medicine filled with more controversy than psychiatry. Compared to heart disease or a viral infection, mental illness is far more difficult to diagnose, with symptoms that are often vague, subjective, or difficult to [Read more]