by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times The first two pharmaceutical antidepressants were clinically introduced in the 1950’s, and the conditions they were supposed to treat would have at that time been found in about 50 to 100 persons per million. Today, some 13% of Americans now take antidepressants daily, even though we don’t yet understand the long-term effects of most psychotropic drugs. As research develops, however, it is becoming clear that the truth about antidepressants is far different from the rosy picture painted by pharmaceutical marketers,and biased or corrupt research journals. In a recent study conducted at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, … Continue reading NEW STUDY FINDS ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO BE “LARGELY INEFFECTIVE AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS”
by: Zoey Sky (Natural News) According to a study by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have reduced arginine levels. Arginine is an amino acid that the body needs to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an immune defense and nervous system mediator. Additionally, nitric oxide is necessary for vascular regulation. The global arginine bioavailability ratio (GABR) is used to determine the body’s arginine levels and it was previously used to measure the body’s ability to produce nitric oxide. Decreased arginine bioavailability is also a recognized independent risk factor for heart diseases. The study, which was published in Journal of Affective Disorders, revealed that individuals who are … Continue reading Could depression be caused by an amino acid deficiency?
She might be talented, but he might be lucky. Guess who’ll end up with the money. DEBROCKE/CLASSICSTOCK/GETTY IMAGES by ANDREW MASTERSON For the first time, the relative influence of talent and luck has been modelled. And the results aren’t encouraging. Andrew Masterson reports. If you’re a highly talented or super-intelligent person, you may as well give up now, because you’re very unlikely to achieve the level of success you deserve. On the other hand, if your main defining characteristic is mediocrity, keep right on trucking. Luck, quite literally, is on your side. That’s the conclusion reached by a trio of … Continue reading Life definitely isn’t fair, new research shows.
Scientists unveil a 1.8 million-year-old ‘Dmanisi’ skull discovered in the Dmanisi caves in modern-day Georgia. Photo by Valerie Kuypers/AFP/Getty Images Early hominins who sailed across oceans left indirect evidence that they might have been the first to use language by Daniel Everett is dean of arts and sciences, professor of global studies and professor of sociology at Bentley University in Massachusetts. His latest book is How Language Began (2017). He lives in the Boston area. Edited by Nigel Warburton What is the greatest human technological innovation? Fire? The wheel? Penicillin? Clothes? Google? None of these come close. As you read this, you are using the … Continue reading Did Homo erectus speak?
Image credit: NASA by Creative Commons IN BRIEF Studies prove almost unanimously that the universe is, indeed, expanding. However, different measurements of the rate by which it expands consistently yield different results. Could this mean we need new physics to understand what’s going on? A CONSTANT DISCREPANCY As far as astronomers can tell, the universe is continuing to expand — and our understanding of how it is doing this needs to expand as well. In fact, recent findings from researchers partnering with NASA suggest that we may need to discover new physics to explain discrepancies between measurements of universal expansion. The rate … Continue reading To Measure the Universe’s Expansion, We Might Need New Physics
We only need to look to the Mediterranean Sea and the North American Great Lakes for dramatic illustrations of what lies in store if we don’t act now. BY Eelco Rohling & Joseph Ortiz ON JANUARY 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are falling dangerously low has increased even more. We’re seeing the same thing happen in major lakes. The Science study reveals that … Continue reading We’re Killing Our Lakes and Oceans. The Consequences Are Real.
Illustration by Olivier Tallec from Blob by Joy Sorman “How and what we create culturally and how we react to cultural phenomena depend on the tricks of our imperfect memories as manipulated by feelings.” BY MARIA POPOVA “A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity,”William James wrote in his pioneering 1884 theory of how our bodies affect our feelings. In the century-some since, breakthroughs in neurology, psychobiology, and neuroscience have contributed leaps of layered (though still incomplete) understanding of the relationship between the physical body and our emotional experience. That tessellated relationship is what neuroscientist Antonio Damasio examines in The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, … Continue reading An Evolutionary Anatomy of Affect: Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio on How and Why We Feel What We Feel