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New evidence suggests that a diet with key benefits for your body and brain may also shield against aging

A diet rich in vegetables, protein, and healthy fats is increasingly being recognized as the healthiest for your brain and body. More commonly known as the Mediterranean diet, the eating plan may also protect against aging, according to a new Italian study.

Stanford researchers are figuring out how ketamine fights depression — and why the drug has been called ‘the most important discovery in h...

A new Stanford study is the first to illuminate how ketamine works in the brain to alleviate depression. The research suggests that the drug engages the opioid system — the same one that's activated by opioid painkillers — in addition to affecting the glutamate system.

Air pollution is so harmful to the brain that it can hurt verbal and math test scores — and it gets worse as people age

According to a new study, chronic exposure to air pollution appears to cause detrimental effects on cognition that get worse throughout life, potentially increasing risk factors for degenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's.
Psychedelics like DMT mirror near-death experiences with surprising accuracy.

The psychedelic drug that’s incredibly popular in Silicon Valley mirrors a near-death experience, and researchers are figuring out how it works

Ayahuasca's psychoactive ingredient, DMT, has effects very similar to those people feel when they have a near-death experience. These effects may be linked to or responsible for some of the long-term psychological improvements in well-being that researchers have seen with psychedelic use.

There’s even more evidence that your waistline is one of the best ways to tell if you’re healthy — especially as you age

Researchers are learning that the amount of fat we hold around our waistlines is a good indicator of our overall health. A new study found that waist-to-hip ratio is linked to cognitive performance.
A child migrant released from Customs and Border Protection in June in McAllen, Texas.

A judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop giving detained migrant children mind-altering drugs. Here’s what they do.

A federal judge found US government officials in violation of child welfare laws for putting detained migrant children on mind-altering drugs without a guardian's consent. The drugs are used to treat mood disorders, but can cause symptoms of those disorders as well, such as anxiety.
Have you ever put your keys in the fridge?

If you’ve ever accidentally poured milk in the bin or put your keys in the fridge, new research could explain why

Thinking about an action can make our bodies involuntarily do it. This could be why we sometimes do strange things, like throwing teabags straight in the bin instead of in a mug — especially when we're multitasking.

A startup backed by Peter Thiel has churned out 20,000 doses of magic mushrooms, and is making more

Compass Pathways has made two 250-gram batches of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Compass is testing the drug in Europe and North America and has funding from Peter Thiel to study psychedelics for depression.

You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to boost your body and brain — here’s how long your workout should take

Cardio could be the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have, but doing it regularly shouldn't take a whole day. Instead, the available evidence suggests there's an ideal window for exercises like cycling, swimming, or brisk walking — and it's under an hour.
Alice Zhang, co-founder and CEO of drug discovery company Verge Genomics

Meet the 29-year-old who founded a company that’s using technology to find treatments for diseases thought to be incurable

Verge Genomics is using technology to develop new treatments for diseases thought to be incurable such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS.