Health Facts Aren’t Enough. Should Persuasion Become a Priority?

In a paper published early this year in Nature Human Behavior, scientists asked 500 Americans what they thought about foods that contained genetically modified organisms. The vast majority, more than 90 percent, opposed their use. This belief is in conflict with the consensus of scientists. Almost 90 percent of them believe G.M.O.s are safe —…

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An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own

Moments after parking our car and loading into a compact, one-propeller bush plane, my three friends and I were looking down at a lush boreal landscape, newly green after the long winter. The view of soft, wooded peaks interspersed with creeks and lakes extended as far as we could see, evoking the northern territories of…

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Pick a Card, Any Card (and an Entree) at the Magic Castle

LOS ANGELES — At a table by the stained-glass window, an off-duty magician sat alone, working his way through a rare steak until, finally, it disappeared. When his dessert arrived with a small, dripping candle, I wished him a happy birthday, but he didn’t want to chat. Instead, he pulled a silver dollar from his…

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A Layered Approach to Preventing Drowning

Levi Hughes was 3 years old, on vacation with his family and five other families, when he slipped off the couch one evening last summer while the group was waiting for it to get dark enough for their annual crab hunt. The family was renting a vacation home in Alabama with a group of friends…

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Study introduces ‘the Big Bang Theory of migraine’

Girls who approach puberty at a more rapid rate than their peers may be at higher risk of migraine, according to new research. New research may have found what triggers migraine in some women. Migraine affects children as well as adults, and statistics show that boys and girls experience the condition at a similar rate…

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Adolescents who skip breakfast may develop obesity

A paper published in Scientific Reports describes how researchers affiliated with the University of São Paulo’s Medical School (FM-USP) in Brazil and colleagues at institutions in Europe evaluated behaviors leading to weight gain in adolescents. Childhood obesity can favor the premature emergence of health issues such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The main…

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