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Let's not sugarcoat the facts: sugar is both addictive and harmful to our health. So says Dr. Robert H. Lustig, the preeminent voice on the subject, whom I just interviewed for WebMD Magazine for a story on the sweet stuff. Watch this space.
To learn how scientists at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center are helping the paralyzed to walk again, check out this web extra to my recent Brain + Life cover story on singer Gloria Estefan, who broke her back after a 1990 tour bus accident and faced potential paralysis. Now she gives back by raising funds to support such remarkable strides. READ MORE.
I loved profiling Miami Sound Machine legend Gloria Estefan, who broke her back in a terrible 1990 tour bus accident, in part because I learned so much about the remarkable strides being made right now in spinal cord research. It's truly inspiring—people with paralysis are walking again—and Estefan is responsible for raising many millions of dollars to fund this forward progress. To learn more, check out my June cover story in Brain + Life (formerly Neurology Now). And click on web extras to learn how electrical stimulation to the spinal cord and neuromodulation to the brain can work wonders.
I chatted with the Calm app's meditation expert Tamara Levitt, who guided me through the might of mindfulness, which can improve physical health and emotional well being. (Pg. 15.) READ MORE in the June issue of WebMD Magazine.
For millennia parents have told their children to "go out and play!" Little did they know in doing so they were aiding the emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and social aptitude in children. Read my story in the latest issue (print and digital) of WebMD. (Pg. 28.)
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.