A new essay by Rafael Euba questions the goals of the happiness industry.
- Biologically speaking, humans are not designed for happiness, writes Rafael Euba on The Conversation.
- Depression is a natural part of life, fostering problem-solving skills and keeping us out of dangerous situations.
- Euba says the $11 billion positive thinking industry is a big reason for this focus on happiness.
The study — which involved more than 2 million children — is the largest of its kind.
- The study involved more than 2 million children born in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Israel, and Western Australia.
- The results indicated that inherited genes accounted for about 80 percent of the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder.
- Still, it remains unclear which genes are at play in contributing to autism, and also how environmental risk factors contribute to the disorder.
This new research could help individuals recover from one of the most dreaded types of injury.
- Brain and spinal cord injuries are notoriously difficult to treat, with many existing methods of treatment provoking undesirable side effects.
- Now, new research demonstrated a novel technique using nanoparticles to "program" the body's immune cells such that they don't cause any unintended damage and promote healing.
- Since they don't involve any pharmaceuticals, the use of nanoparticles circumvents the dangerous side effects of other treatments.
The reason one diet does not suit all may be found in our guts.
The Harvard Medical School's clinical professor of psychiatry wrote the book on the topic.
- Dr. John Ratey's 2008 book, Spark, investigated the many important effects that exercise has on mental health.
- While physical fitness is essential to good health, moving in a variety of ways is even more important.
- Recent research suggests that exercise is as effective for treating certain mental health conditions as pharmaceuticals.