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Eight Weeks of Meditation Doesn’t Change the Brain, Study Finds
Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.
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Eight Weeks of Meditation Doesn’t Change the Brain, Study Finds
Eight Weeks of Meditation Doesn’t Change the Brain, Study Finds

Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.

Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.

ABOVE: © iStock.com, nambitomo

alternative medicine

Scientist Who Received Millions From NIH Leaves Alabama Posts
Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch | May 24, 2018
An investigation finds 20 papers by Santosh Katiyar, who studied alternative treatments for cancer, include image manipulation.
Opinion: Do Not Believe the Hype
Aymen I. Idris | Feb 5, 2018
Marijuana ointments as cancer treatments remain a distant prospect. 
Enormous University Gift Raises Questions over Donor Influence
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 26, 2017
The donation to the University of California, Irvine, is slated to fund a new college focusing on what some critics call pseudoscience and quackery.
Vitamin C Blocks Leukemia Progression in Mice
Aggie Mika | Aug 17, 2017
High-dose vitamin C injections reverse the effects of a leukemia-promoting genetic deficiency.
Mind and Matter
Jo Marchant | Feb 1, 2016
Research suggests that a combination of mental power and conventional medicine may be better than either alone.
Book Excerpt from Cure
Jo Marchant | Jan 31, 2016
In the introduction to the book, author Jo Marchant describes an interaction with a mother who embraced homeopathy as the jumping off point for writing about the scientific realities of alternative medicine.
Cannabis Biotech
Daniel Cossins | Dec 1, 2014
As medical marijuana businesses set up shop across the U.S., a handful of companies are taking the pharmaceutical route, guiding cannabis-derived drugs through clinical trials.
Magic Mushroom Dreams
Jef Akst | Jul 3, 2014
A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.
Medical Marijuana: Where’s the Data?
Bob Grant | Jun 30, 2014
As more states legalize therapeutic cannabis, some caution against overprescribing the drug, the benefits of which have not been rigorously tested in clinical trials.
Australia Officially Debunks Homeopathy
Bob Grant | Apr 14, 2014
Government researchers conclude that homeopathic therapies do not work.
Celebrated Neuroscientist Dies
Kate Yandell | Sep 23, 2013
Candace Pert, who helped discover opioid receptors, has passed away at age 67.
Cholera Confusion, circa 1832
Dan Cossins | Feb 1, 2013
As cholera first tore through the Europe in the mid-19th century, people tried anything to prevent the deadly disease. Then science stepped in.
Chelation Therapy Under Scrutiny
Bob Grant | Nov 15, 2012
A clinical trial suggesting the heart benefits of the controversial treatment draws criticism from the scientific community.
Rethinking Herbal Medicine
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 10, 2012
A phylogenetic study of traditional plant remedies could aid drug development.
High-Free Medical Marijuana
Hayley Dunning | Jul 5, 2012
Israeli researchers create a marijuana strain that maximizes pain relief while minimizing the high.
Polypharmacy
Catherine Ulbricht | Jul 1, 2012
Dietary supplements can have serious side effects when mixed with prescription drugs, but not all herb-drug interactions are bad.
Alternative Medicines
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2012
As nonconventional medical treatments become increasingly mainstream, we take a look at the science behind some of the most popular.
Cannabis Catch-All?
Jef Akst | Jun 20, 2012
Researchers in the U.K. are looking to breed marijuana to make medicines for metabolic disorders, epilepsy, and other diseases.
How Castor Oil Stimulates Labor
Sabrina Richards | May 21, 2012
Researchers flag the EP3 prostaglandin receptor as a key player in castor oil’s laxative and labor-inducing effects.