Measuring the Placebo Effect

When Bonnie Anderson’s water purifier sprang a leak, she slipped on the wet tiles in her kitchen and cracked a bone in her spine. The 75-year-old, formerly an avid golfer, was crippled by pain and insomnia. In desperation, she volunteered for an experimental procedure called vertebroplasty, in which medical cement is pumped into the fracture.

Free Web Called Threat To Net Neutrality in India

NEW DELHI—Hundreds of people showed up at an auditorium in India’s capital on Thursday for a passionate hourslong debate about whether Facebook Inc.

Instead of Computer Code, ‘Plant Hackers’ Tinker With Genetics

After his parents go to bed, Sebastian Cocioba usually retires to the third bedroom of the family apartment, where he has built a laboratory.

Crucial Bee Colonies Appear at Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that bee colonies may face health risks from a class of controversial insecticides called neonicotinoids in certain situations, adding to a debate over how the chemicals affect insects that are critical to U.S. agriculture.

The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function Are Underdiagnosed

Here’s a sobering thought for the holidays: Chronic heavy drinking can cause insidious damage to the brain, even in people who never seem intoxicated or obviously addicted.

In Bhutan, Gross National Happiness Trumps Gross National Product

THIMPHU, Bhutan—This secluded Buddhist kingdom uses a unique barometer to measure economic progress. And the message of the 2015 Gross National Happiness Index is a troubling one: Money isn’t buying enough contentment.

Fed Raises Rates After Seven Years Near Zero, Expects ‘Gradual’ Tightening Path

The Federal Reserve said it would end a seven-year experiment with near-zero interest rates by raising its benchmark rate and emphasizing a plan to lift it gradually over the next three years.

Study Warns of Alzheimer’s Risk in Some Prostate-Cancer Drugs

Men taking testosterone-blocking drugs to treat prostate cancer have nearly twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as those using other treatments, according to an analysis of electronic medical records published Monday.

Gene-Editing Technology Could Help Eradicate Malaria, Study Shows

A groundbreaking but controversial new gene-editing technology is accelerating a push to eradicate malaria, with scientists recently identifying two ways to block mosquitoes from transmitting the killer disease.

THE WORLD’S NEW POPULATION TIME BOMB: TOO FEW PEOPLE

Ever since the global financial crisis, economists have groped for reasons to explain why growth in the U.S. and abroad has repeatedly disappointed, citing everything from fiscal austerity to the euro meltdown. They are now coming to realize that one of the stiffest headwinds is also one of the hardest to overcome: demographics.

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