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The Devices That Will Read Your Brain & Enhance It

The Devices That Will Read Your Brain & Enhance It

You’re feeling distracted and can’t get your work done despite a looming deadline. Your headphones detect your lack of focus and suggest you take a break, while a headband beams signals to adjust your brain activity and energize you. Crisis averted.  

That’s the future technologists imagine, and a variety of devices are being developed to enhance the brain’s performance in day-to-day life. 

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The Trouble With America’s Ultra-Processed Diet

The Trouble With America’s Ultra-Processed Diet

Should your granola bar come with a warning label?

Concern is rising about the amount of ultra-processed foods in American diets, and the effect eating so many of those foods has on our health. Part of the problem, nutrition researchers say, is that lots of healthy-seeming items—many breakfast cereals, soups and yogurts as well as granola—fall into that category. Recent studies have linked diets high in ultra-processed foods to increased risks of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and depression.

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The Biohacking Devotees Spending Hundreds of Thousands—Even Millions—to Enhance Their Homes Light-therapy beds. Infrared saunas. Ozone generators. These homeowners have infused health and wellness into their properties, and then some

The Biohacking Devotees Spending Hundreds of Thousands—Even Millions—to Enhance Their Homes Light-therapy beds. Infrared saunas. Ozone generators. These homeowners have infused health and wellness into their properties, and then some

Real-estate investors Ari and Kellie Rastegar are devotees of biohacking, a wellness lifestyle aimed at optimizing physical and mental performance. He takes 150 custom vitamins and supplements per day; she takes 23. They eat a diet specifically tailored to their genes. They work out with a trainer almost daily. They take posture-management classes. They practice Transcendental Meditation. They say affirmations.

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Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch Is Bursting With Life

Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch Is Bursting With Life

An 80,000-ton cloud of plastic and trash floating in the Pacific Ocean is an environmental disaster. It is also teeming with life.

Biologists who fished toothbrushes, rope, and broken bottle shards from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch found them studded with gooseneck barnacles and jet-black sea anemones glistening like buttons. All told they found 484 marine invertebrates from 46 species clinging to the detritus, they reported Monday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Dogs and Cats Linked to Reduced Child Food Allergies

Dogs and Cats Linked to Reduced Child Food Allergies

Children with dogs and cats in their homes were less likely to develop food allergies than other children, a study published Wednesday shows.

The study, led by Dr. Hisao Okabe of Fukushima Medical University, followed more than 66,000 children who were part of the Japan Environment and Children’s Study. Analyzing questionnaires, researchers tracked pet exposure from prenatal development through early infancy and measured the incidence of allergies in children up to 3 years old.

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Veterinary Drug, Is Worsening the Fentanyl Crisis

Veterinary Drug, Is Worsening the Fentanyl Crisis

Xylazine, authorized only for animals, is one ingredient in an increasingly toxic brew of illicit drugs that killed a record of nearly 107,000 people in the U.S. in 2021. It is typically mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that itself has broadly infiltrated U.S. drug supply, including in supplies of cocaine and methamphetamine. Taken together, the volatile mixing means drug users often don’t know what’s in the substances they take. 

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The American Diet Has a Sandwich Problem

The American Diet Has a Sandwich Problem

The humble sandwich is the saboteur of the American diet.

Most Americans consume too much sodium, sugar and saturated fat, according to government survey data. Sandwiches—which almost half of Americans eat on any given day—are a primary culprit. Nutritionists, doctors and public-health officials are trying to nudge people to make their sandwiches healthier, believing that even simple changes can improve health.

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The Next Fountain-of-Youth Craze? Peptide Injections

The Next Fountain-of-Youth Craze? Peptide Injections

After decades of turning to diet pills, steroids and plastic surgery to alter their bodies inside and out, people are increasingly open to an alternative method: injecting themselves with peptides at home.

Proponents say that peptides—a broad category of substances including FDA-approved drugs, supplements and experimental treatments—can help them build lean muscle, shed weight, increase energy and get a dewy glow. Though the term has appeared on a range of consumer products for years, injectable peptides are getting more attention as celebrity doctors and influencers share stories of physiological transformations that go beyond diet and exercise. 

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