Neurology

Once regarded as a purely mental condition, functional neurological disorder emerges from the shadows.

Character traits can influence heart health, cognitive decline and other health factors. Are people prisoners of their dispositions?

An unusual syndrome connects grief and stress to cardiac damage. Discoveries about its physiology reveal a complex connection to the brain.

Those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome often face years of doubt from their medical providers. But now the physical hallmarks of the disease are coming into focus.

How does the brain remember? As memory disorders become more common, the research race is on to determine how the process works, what can go wrong and how worn memories can be made whole again.

Why do some people react poorly, even catastrophically, in emergency situations?

Stroke researchers marvel at what hibernating animals can do. Now they’re searching for strategies that would benefit patients.

A barrage of well-timed noises may, surprisingly, make for a more restful night’s sleep.

A high-fat, high-sugar diet can cause harm to the hippocampus—and that may lead, perversely, to even worse impulses around unhealthy food.

Regular exercise has long been associated with better brain function, but researchers are only now piecing together how and why that happens.

Males and females experience pain differently—and appear to process it differently, too. Why has it taken so long for science to find out?

The most damaging forms of multiple sclerosis get new treatments, including one that is already widely available.

Top Stories

In 1922 the Berlin woman became the first to undergo gender-affirming surgery.

A century ago, chemist Søren Sørensen invented what would become a crucial diagnostic tool: the pH scale.

A novel coronavirus would come to affect every ward, clinician, researcher and patient at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Selected Reads

For decades, a tiny encampment of researchers has held that statin treatment is a hoax. In a time when contrarian views roar to life on social media, how can medicine keep minority opinions from doing irreparable harm?

Two years in deep space will subject the body to unprecedented stresses. Scientists are probing the secrets to survival.

A freak explosion tore through the quiet Nova Scotian city, prompting one of the most dramatic medical responses in history.