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Turns out individual brains are definitely distinguishable, a new study reports, after decades of researchers believing the opposite was true. Learn how and why in my new story for WebMD. See pg. 13 of the May print and digital issues.
Have you noticed a growing kindness deficit in our culture? A yawning empathy gap, too? I spoke to the authors of The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children, who told me that while empathy is to some degree innately biological, it's also a skill that must be fostered and rewarded in order for it to flourish. So tell your kids to put down their phones. And try some of the parenting tips the authors provide here. READ MORE on pg. 30 of May's digital edition of WebMD Magazine.
My cover story with The Daily Show's Trevor Noah is out today! He and I chatted about how he severely bruised his vocal cords—then defied doctors' orders to refrain from speaking—just days before he headlined the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in his hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa, an event that raised more than $7 billion to eradicate extreme poverty. Read about Noah's subsequent surgery and vocal recovery, his tough childhood during Apartheid's waning days, his remarkable rise to stardom, and how losing his voice could not prevent him from raising it, or awareness, for the world's most vulnerable people. See pg. 31 in the digital issue of WebMD Magazine.
Just interviewed best-selling author (and fellow Canadian) Malcolm Gladwell. We discussed his latest book, Talking to Strangers, which details why we humans are lousy at correctly assessing each other's characters, and the often tragic consequences such misreadings bring. This is a cover feature for WebMD's upcoming "Innovations" special issue, and I can think of no better thinker to serve as cover star. I'll post the story when it goes live September 1.
Just interviewed a leading spinal cord injury researcher for an upcoming feature and learned about the promise of epidural stimulation implanted near the base of the spine, where all the "circuitry" for standing and walking is located. This innovative therapy is literally helping people with complete motor paralysis to get back on their feet. So very exciting ... watch this space for my story. Until then, learn more by checking out the Reeve Foundation's Big Idea blog.
I spoke with MS patient Ann Romney about the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases, which she and husband Mitt established in 2014 to fund integrated, innovative research on MS, ALS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's disease, and brain tumors. This approach is yielding widely applicable results. Read my story in the April issue of Brain + Life (formerly known as Neurology Now).
Artificial intelligence and machine learning in healthcare? The future is now -- with AI and data analytics transforming how doctors diagnose and treat their patients; enabling researchers to make unexpected, and sometimes life-saving, correlations; and helping medical facilities to streamline care for improved health outcomes. See my story on pg. 15 in the new issue of WebMD Magazine.
Life goals may be easier to attain if you share them with your physician. To learn why, check out my story in the March/April issue of WebMD Magazine. See pg. 19.
Today I'm prepping to interview the former first lady of Massachusetts, Ann Romney. And while I'll be sorely tempted to talk politics with the spouse of a new U.S. senator, my focus instead will be on her multiple sclerosis (MS). And the innovative research her foundation is funding to advance new treatments for that disease and other, related neurologic disorders including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and ALS. Watch this space.
This month's issue of WebMD Magazine features three of my stories. The first pragmatically tackles the realities of gun ownership in America: gun violence is the third-leading cause of death among kids 17 and under in this country. What can parents do to keep their kids safe? The second is my Q&A with actor and All American star Taye Diggs. And the third covers the rising trend of Millennial adults who are moving back in with their parents. Temporary detour or parent trap? Read all in the digital edition, featuring cover star Lin-Manual Miranda.