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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.
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Are Cultural Bias and Prejudice Inherited?

Thirty-seven years after Darwin published his masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, we have a plausible explanation of how the environment can generate heritable behavior.
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How Does Fake News Go Viral?

Social scientists applying models that explained spread of viruses to the spread of memes found them inadequate because they didn't account for human traits.
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What Science Has to Say About Intermittent Fasting

A common argument used by proponents of intermittent fasting is that it makes evolutionary sense because we evolved from hunter-gatherers who faced alternating periods of feast and famine.
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Why Do We Have to Die and What Can Be Done About It?

Research on the hydra has shined a light on why organisms die, but the picture painted by longevity research so far, although rich in detail, has been contradictory and confusing.
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Why Political Beliefs Are So Resistant to Change

A large part of the brain, the DMN system, lights up when political beliefs are challenged. It may be responsible for visceral responses to such challenges.
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Fish Oil: Is It Good for You or Not?

The dogma that fish oil is cardioprotective has come under criticism in a new study that showed no protective effect. Its active ingredient Omega 3 fatty acid has been shown to increase risk of prostate cancer.
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The Scientific Evidence that Optimism Leads to Better Health

The underlying factors that govern our health and longevity are not merely cheerfulness vs. moroseness, they are positive vs. negative attitudes, compassion vs. hostility, love vs. hate.
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Age-Related Memory Loss and What Can You Do About It?

As we learn more about the anatomy and physiology of short term memory loss, therapeutics are starting to emerge.
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Can Deep Brain Stimulation Make You More Honest?

Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation allow for precise manipulation of areas of the brain that control functions in need of a reboot, even those that determine whether we are honest of not.
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The Surprising Ancient History of Drinking in Excess

The ancients recognized that wine was good for you in small quantities but harmful in excess. In Greek mythology, only the Gods were allowed to get drunk.
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The Consequences of Disbelieving in Free Will Are Too Awful

Studies about the concept of belief or non-belief in free will shed light on the question of how ostensibly religious people commit atrocities.
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Conservative vs. Liberal Views of Social Change: Who’s Right?

Is it possible to marry the liberal view of social change for the good of the people with the conservative belief that "social engineering" is doomed to fail in order to bring new benefits to society as a whole?