I’m a pediatrician who cares for transgender kids – here’s what you need to know about social support, puberty blockers and other medical options that improve lives of transgender youth

Transgender youth have a number of research-backed medical options available to them. The multidisciplinary approach ranges from promoting family support to hormone treatments to surgery.

Mandy Coles, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University • conversation
April 16, 2021 ~10 min

We studied depression messages on YouTube videos and found dangerous and stigmatizing stereotypes prevail

Stigma has long been an issue in mental illness. Even as people open up and share their experiences about depression, though, stigma is remaining a stubborn part of messaging.

Andrew Devendorf, Doctoral student, clinical psychology, University of South Florida • conversation
March 29, 2021 ~9 min

Nofap: can giving up masturbation really boost men's testosterone levels? An expert's view

A growing online movement believes that giving up masturbation can make us happier and boost our testosterone levels.

Daniel Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
March 29, 2021 ~7 min

How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse

Too much COVID-19 news could be harmful to your health, experts suggest. So how do you stay informed but not get depressed?

Jennifer M. First, University of Tennessee, College of Social Work, University of Tennessee • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~5 min

Happiness: why learning, not rewards, may be the key – new research

Receiving a pay raise will make you feel happier only if it was bigger than what you had expected. Why? Because it helps you learn.

Robb Rutledge, Assistant Professor in Psychology, Yale University • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~7 min

How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021

One medication-free technique uses your emotions to release stress.

Laurel Mellin, Associate Professor Emeritus of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

New antidepressants can lift depression and suicidal thoughts fast, but don’t expect magic cures

Drugs like ketamine can relieve depression symptoms, including suicidal thoughts, within hours, but they also carry risks that patients need to understand.

Nicholas Mischel, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; Director, Interventional Psychiatry and Neuromodulation Research Program, Wayne State University • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Does forgetting a name or word mean that I have dementia?

September is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and therefore a good time to talk about dementia. Alzheimer's is the most common dementia, but there are others to be aware of, a gerontologist explains.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~9 min

Coronavirus: the pandemic is changing our brains – here are the remedies

Whether you had COVID-19 or just stressed out about getting it, your brain's hippocampus may have shrunk in the last few months.

Deniz Vatansever, Junior Principal Investigator, Fudan University • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Obamacare's unexpected bonus: How the Affordable Care Act is helping middle-aged Americans during the pandemic

For millions, the ACA is making a big difference during the coronavirus crisis.

Jane Tavares, Research Fellow, LeadingAge LTSS Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min