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How Fireflies Are Keeping This Tiny Mexican Town Alive

for National Geographic
Published: August 24, 2017


In Nanacamilpa, a magical display of fireflies is attracting tourists by the thousands—now locals wonder how they can sustain the insect that brought them so much prosperity.
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Stewards of the Sea

for National Geographic
Published: September 2017


As fish populations crash elsewhere, towns limit catches to stabilize harvests, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life.
Fishermen from the Cocopah community raise their nets in the gulf of the Rio Colorado during the Curvina season.

Requiem for the Vaquita

for Scientific American
Published: August 2017


What the demise of a small Mexican porpoise tells us about extinction in the 21st century
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The Genius of Pinheads: When Little Brains Rule

for Scientific American
Published: March 28, 2017


Bigger brains are not always better
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The Science Behind Miracles

for Outside
Published: Jan 16, 2017


How our minds push our bodies to defy expectations, beliefs, and even our own biology—in short, to make miracles
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A Dad Takes His Son To The Doctor And Discovers Fear Of Vaccines

for NPR
Published: June 10, 2017


A father discovers an odd fear of vaccines
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems.

Surgery performed by  Dr Foote and Dr. Okun
McKnight Brain Institute
University of Florida

Patient Russell Price is part of the Double Blind study.

Patient: Joel Russell Price (goes by Russell)
Has had Parkinsons for 12 years. 
rprice@pricecommercial.com
850-893-8761

Michelle Koidin Jaffee
Assistant Director of Communications
McKnight Brain Institute
University of Florida
352.294.8352
michelle.jaffee@ufl.edu

Unlocking the Healing Power of You

for National Geographic Magazine
Published: December 2016


Science is showing that how you feel isn’t just about what you eat, or do, or think. It’s about what you believe.
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Interview: Happening Now

for Happening Now

I appeared on a national news show to talk about the book and the cover story.
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Here’s What Placebos Can Heal—And What They Can’t

for National Geographic Book Talk
Published: Nov 27, 2016


The latest research in biochemistry reveals that your brain can actually self-medicate.
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Mesmerising

for Aeon
Published: November 2016


Look into my eyes: the fantastical history, mysterious healing power and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis
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Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem

for Spectrum
Published: November 2016


People with autism — and their family members — are susceptible to powerful placebo effects. Some researchers are using the problem to better understand this mystifying phenomenon.