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Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking

Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking

Trails of acrid grey mist hang in the air. I use the front of my shirt as an impromptu gas mask as I cough out my drink order to the bartender.

October 18, 2012 — Kyle Hill
Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

It's no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease - be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer - is often perceived as a risk that is out of their hands.

October 15, 2014 — Lawrence D. Wagman & Sandra M. Brown
The Potential of LSD, Heroin, Marijuana and Other Controlled Substances in Brain Research

The Potential of LSD, Heroin, Marijuana and Other Controlled Substances in Brain Research

Imagine being an astronomer in a world where the telescope was banned. This effectively happened in the 1600s when, for over 100 years, the Catholic Church prohibited access to knowledge of the heavens in a vain attempt to stop scientists proving that the earth was not the center of the universe.  ‘Surely similar censorship could [...]

November 27, 2013 — David Nutt
A New Scientific American eBook, Understanding Addiction, Examines the Multifaceted Issue of Substance Abuse

A New Scientific American eBook, Understanding Addiction, Examines the Multifaceted Issue of Substance Abuse

Many former substance abusers or addicts will likely tell you that beating their addiction was the hardest thing they’ve ever done. With more research pointing to the genetic underpinnings of diseases such as alcoholism, and with more treatments aimed at the physiology—rather than psychology—of addiction, the road to sobriety could someday be less frustrating.

September 17, 2013 — THE EDITORS