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Posts tagged with "Health and Medicine"

  • Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age
    Sue Armstrong

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    A science writer probes the one risk factor shared by a bevy of devastating diseases

    Chronic disease states—including diabetes, most cancers, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative syndromes—have become the leading drivers of morbidity and mortality. Medicine has set out to develop therapies for each condition separately, and yet they share a common denominator: aging. This has led to the revolutionary idea that interventions that slow aging will have the biggest impact… Read More
  • Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery
    Christie Aschwanden


    Holistic workout recovery regimes often outperform touted tech, finds a writer who tried them all

    Redolent of sweaty workout wear and foot stink, I’m bent over in a climbing gym, not climbing. A friend is showing me how to deadlift, and I’m afraid—afraid I’ll have horrible form and hurt my back, afraid I’ll lift well and suffer aches and stiffness, afraid I won’t get sore at all and thereby prove… Read More
  • The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer
    Charles Graeber

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    Vivid portraits of patients, scientists, and physicians reveal the promise of immunotherapy

    Every cancer is a living, ever evolving, mutated derivation of a body’s own cells. This makes fighting a cancer like fighting the mythological many-headed hydra. Cut off one head, and two may grow in its place. In The Breakthrough, journalist Charles Graeber tells the story of how we may finally slay the beast. The “breakthrough”… Read More
  • Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
    Rose George


    A meandering history of blood tackles transfusions, taboos, and trauma

    Blood is a vital fluid. Essential to life, it is often taken for granted, especially when it stays where it belongs, safely contained in our bodies. Rose George, freelance journalist and author of books that render legible the overlooked (1) and the distasteful (2), here turns her attention to blood in its myriad biological, cultural… Read More
  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery
    Barbara K. Lipska with Elaine McArdle

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    A neuroscientist’s battle with brain cancer prompts a personal reflection on identity and the disease process

    In The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, Barbara Lipska shares the story of her firsthand experience with metastatic brain cancer. In doing so, she provides readers the opportunity to foster a “sense of connection with others who suffer” and to combat continued stigmatizing of mental illness. Lipska’s evolution as scientist, patient, and person explores the… Read More
  • Insider Trading: How Mortuaries, Medicine and Money Have Built a Global Market in Human Cadaver Parts
    Naomi Pfeffer

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    Insider Trading

    Donating parts of one’s body, either when alive (e.g., blood, kidneys, or eggs) or after death (e.g., eyes, skin, lung, or heart), is an acceptable and commonplace occurrence in many countries around the world and has been so in both the United States and the United Kingdom for well over a century. But what happens… Read More
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    Life and death: When the end arrives, should we upgrade or shut down?

    Modern technology and modern medical practice have evolved over the past decades, enabling us to enhance and extend human life to an unprecedented degree. The two books under review examine this phenomenon from remarkably different perspectives. Mark O’Connell’s To Be a Machine is an examination of transhumanism, a movement characterized by technologies that seek to… Read More
  • The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease
    Meredith Wadman

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    A well-researched tome reveals the people who helped make early vaccines possible

    Meredith Wadman’s meticulously researched and carefully crafted book, The Vaccine Race, is an enlightening telling of the development of vaccines in the mid-20th century. Drawing from firsthand interviews, personal correspondence, journal articles, and governmental archival documents, Wadman relates the work of the brilliant scientists who toiled for years to develop vaccines against diseases in… Read More