Ed Cara is a Brooklyn-based writer and pug enthusiast. When not delving into the nitty-gritty of psychology, sociology, and public health, he enjoys running, moonlighting as a improv comedian, and volunteering. Please don't let him show you his Christopher Walken accent. He has previously contrib...
Music is certainly the salve that soothes the soul. But no matter how many infomercials and Amazon retailers say otherwise, listening to Mozart won’t turn someone, least of all your darling newborn, into a genius. If anyone should be able to dodge this pervasive myth and others about how music affects the brain, it’d be music teachers, you would think. But according to a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology, it seems they’re just as hapless as the rest of us.
Magic mushrooms, or psilocybins, have gotten plenty of recent attention for their potential to treat people suffering from depression and anxiety. But a new extensive report released by a London-based research company suggests they’re also the safest drug to take no matter what the occasion. On Wednesday, the Global Drug Survey published its 2017 report, compiled from polling nearly 120,000 admitted recreational drug users in over 25 countries.
There are perhaps few diseases worse than to die from Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, as a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals, it’s a fate that has only become more common than ever. Using nationally pooled data, researchers calculated the mortality rate of Alzheimer’s from 1999 to 2014. After adjusting for age, they found it had jumped substantially over the last 15 years.