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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD
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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD loves to write about the brain and human behavior as well as translate complicated basic science concepts into entertainment for the rest of us. He was a professor at the University of California San Francisco before leaving to enter the world of biotech. He served as the Chief Medical Officer of biotech companies, including Aphton Corporation. He also founded and served as the CEO of Madah Medica, an early stage biotech company developing products to improve post-surgical pain control. He is now retired and enjoys working out, following the stock market, travelling the world, and, of course, writing for TDWI.

The Fascinating Case of the Hairy Penis

The hairy penis occurs in chimpanzees and male mammals of other lower species. How it disappeared during the evolution of man is a fascinating story.
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How Did We End Up in a Post-factual World?

The belief in alternative facts, the hallmark of the post-factual world, arises from our tribal nature. It makes the worldview of true believers internally consistent. Hence, it's strength..
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What You Need to Know About Plant-Based Diets

Many people believe that a plant-based diet is good for you. But to really qualify for this designation, it must be supported by well-designed studies.
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Hate, Hate Speech, and Mass Murder

Political demagogues and peddlers of hate speech may not know the science of hate but they know precisely how to push the biologic buttons that can end in tragedy.

Severe Food Allergies: Deadly but Hard to Prevent

Food allergies are difficult to prevent except by strict avoidance. A new study of oral desensitization for peanut allergy offers hope for an alternative.
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Why All the Confusion About Healthy Diets?

There are many reasons why there is so much confusion about healthy diets. They can be boiled down into 3 practical points.
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Your Money or Your Life? The High Cost of Life-Saving Drugs

The high cost of life-saving drugs: There's something profoundly wrong with charging whatever the traffic will bear when the alternative is certain death.
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Want to Know Why Exercise is So Good for Your Brain?

Exercise induces epigenetic changes that increase BDNF, a protein that keeps neurons healthy and improves cognitive function.
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How Little White Lies Can Lead to Great Big Ones

Studies show lies increase with repetition but only when the participant benefited. Self-interest is the thing that pushes people down that slippery slope.

The Fascinating History of the Color Red

The color red was most likely the first color (besides black and white) to be registered in our ancient ancestors brains.
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A Brief But Powerful History of the Color Purple

Throughout history, the rich and powerful adorned themselves with the color purple. It was difficult to make & hard to get so the elite kept it to themselves.
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Who Really is the Enemy of the People?

HIstory (from Nero on) teaches us that we should be alarmed about President Trump's escalating rhetoric about the media being the enemy of the people.