Humans are deeply affected by certain melodies. They can evoke strong emotional responses, such as chills and thrills in listeners. And numerous studies have demonstrated that “music can decrease pain levels. Pain relief may occur by the release of endorphins or changes in catecholamine levels or as patients are distracted by memories away from their […]

Did you know? Capsule-sized circuits that can be swallowed are being developed to monitor the level of fat in obese people and to make them feel satiated. Also being developed is a chip that, like tattoo ink, can be injected under the skin in a finger, for example, to unlock something just by pointing. Progress […]

Placebos are getting a fair amount of press lately. Yes, those “fake” remedies called “inert medications” that seem to be real treatments but aren’t are being talked about quite a bit. Recently, among others, health economist  Austin Frakt wrote about them in “The Upshot” (“a New York Times website with analysis and data visualizations about politics, policy […]