Exercise & Physical Health

Can a new drug mimic the effects of exercise on bone and muscle?

Researchers have recently discovered that a new drug called locamidazole may help to prevent loss of bone density and muscle mass during periods of inactivity, but it’s no substitute for all of the benefits of exercise.

Mental & Emotional Health

Finding the right fit in a psychotherapist

When it comes to therapy, the quality of the patient-therapist relationship is critical to success.

Medications, Supplements & Other Treatments

A recent metformin study casts doubts on longevity indications

A new retrospective study contradicts previous evidence of metformin’s potential effects on lifespan extension in a general population, but for real answers, randomized trials are needed.

Nutritional Biochemistry

More hype than substance: erythritol and cardiovascular risk

A newly-published study caught public attention by reporting an association between the common sweetener erythritol and increased risk of heart attack and stroke, but there’s more to the story.

Understanding science

How much control can we really have in studies on animals?

A 40-year-old study shows that animals’ emotional states can impact physiology, a reminder that they are more complex and individual than we often give them credit for.

Medications, Supplements & Other Treatments

Lean mass loss on GLP-1 receptor agonists: a downside of the “miracle drugs”

Clinical trials have generated impressive data on the effects of GLP-1 agonists on body weight and BMI, but how do these drugs perform in terms of body composition?

Understanding science

Screen time and children’s cognition: a question of context

A recent review suggests that screen time may not be as bad for infants as many of us may think – but only under the right circumstances.

Behavior Change, Habits, & Productivity

The dangers of “healthy” addictions

Though exercise has virtually unlimited health benefits, addiction to exercise can be a danger to mental and physical well-being. But what distinguishes exercise addiction from healthy engagement in physical activity?

Mental models

Twenty years after the Columbia disaster, what can we learn from the mistake of ignoring problems?

Every January, NASA holds a Day of Remembrance to honor the lives of astronauts lost to tragedy. But perhaps the greatest tribute we can make is to learn from past mistakes.

Nutritional Biochemistry

To reduce appetite, skip late-night snacks

Two recent randomized trials found that biasing food intake toward the end of the day increases appetite and may reduce energy expenditure.

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