We need to get it in our heads that suicide is not easy, painless, cowardly, selfish, vengeful, selfmasterful, or rash; that it is not caused by breast augmentation, medicines, "slow" methods like smoking or anorexia, or, as some psychoanalysts thought, things like masturbation; that it is partly genetic and influenced by mental disorders, themselves often agonizing; and that it is preventable and treatable.
Draws on new research to examine the brain's peak capacity in middle age, explaining how a growth of white matter and brain connectors enables improved judgment, cognitive function, and problem solving.
Documents the rise of the drug-resistant staph pathogen while discussing its role in killing 20,000 Americans annually and revealing its lesser-known presence in everyday areas while offering information on how to detect early warning signs.
Challenges common beliefs that human potential is largely determined by genetics and other biological factors, drawing on a variety of scientific disciplines to explain how to tap innate abilities that have been influenced by environmental factors.
The author of the best-selling Evidence of Harm presents a dramatic exposé of how some of America's most powerful factory farms and food-production industries are creating a dangerous public health crisis as reflected by the struggles of three stricken families and communities.
Discusses the subversive perpetuation of inferiority among African Americans, explaning how history and popular culture promotes this myth, and calls for action within the black community to reject self-hatred and media distortions.
Argues that popular nurture-based parenting techniques are proving unsuccessful because they fail to include key aspects of scientific research, in an analysis that covers such topics as aggression, intelligence, and moral behavior.
An analysis of longevity science and anti-aging medicine offers insight into the minds behind the anti-aging industry, reveals groups who are making profits off of dubious products, and considers the controversial nature of transforming health care for the purpose of extending life expectancy.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Ghost Hunters chronicles the dramatic story of New York City's first forensic scientists to describe Jazz Age poisoning cases, including a family's inexplicable balding, Barnum and Bailey's Blue Man and the crumbling bones of factory workers.