Flotation Tanks to Ease Stress

If floating in a warm, saltwater bath in silent darkness for an hour sounds like bliss, then you’re in luck. Sensory deprivation tanks, popular in the 1970s...

Long Work Hours Take a Toll

If you work long hours, you may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and should thus be extra vigilant in con­trolling risk factors such as high...

The Power of Hope

Every few years I write about the placebo effect in this space because it’s such a crucial—and potentially confusing—player in health and wellness. The word placebo pops...

The Power of Hope

Every few years I write about the placebo effect in this space because it’s such a crucial—and potentially confusing—player in health and wellness. The word placebo pops...

Calming the Mind With Meditation

People who meditate regularly say it provides mental, spiritual and physical benefits, including stress reduction and a sense of well- being. Even some mainstream doctors recommend meditation...

The Surprising Benefits of Stress

Daniela Kaufer, PhD, is an associate professor at UC Berkeley who studies the biology of stress, examining at the molecular level how the brain responds to anxiety...

Singing Is Good Medicine

Singing is as old as humanity and may actually predate the development of spoken language. Most of us sing, at least occasionally, vocalizing in the shower or...

Can How You Argue Make You Sick?

Robert W. Levenson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, studies how couples interact, looking for clues to marital stability and satisfaction. In his...

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Research keeps accumulating about the health benefits of tai chi, which is high on our list of recommended exercises. Practiced around the world and very popular in the...

Recognizing and Treating PTSD

It’s normal to feel fear and anxiety during and after a traumatic event. Split-second changes occur in the body—tensed muscles, rapid heartbeat, increased respiration, and a surge...
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