Nick Keppler

Nick Keppler is a freelance journalist and editor who has worked for The Washington Post, Vice, Slate, The Daily Beast, Reuters, The Gizmodo Media Group, Mental Floss, The Financial Times, and The Village Voice.

Changes

First-of-its-kind study reveals transgender children are extremely unlikely to retransition

And if they do transition to another identity later, chances are it’s not cis.

At Odds

Fertility clinics turn women away over their weight — new research undermines that practice

Research shows losing weight does not increase the odds of getting pregnant.

Parklife

Study: Being close to nature reduces the risk of stroke

Air pollution, unsurprisingly, increases it.

Forest for the Trees
Worker uprising

These exercise hacks help improve heart health in people with desk jobs

From taking the stairs and standing during calls, it all adds up.

Of Mice and Men

For mice, fasting at the right time extended lifespans — but can it work for humans?

Studies on animals, usually lab mice, have limited applications to humans.

The Road Less Traveled
Time Out

Intermittent fasting is no better than just eating less

It can still work as a mental strategy, researchers say.

Risk Factors

Psychiatric conditions make breakthrough Covid-19 cases more likely

Researchers are finally understanding the connection between psychiatric conditions and the immune system.

The Big Picture
Sugar Rush

Exercise lowers dementia risk — scientists want to know how

A new study linked higher cerebral glucose metabolism to physical activity.

Woke
Thirst Trap

Forgetting to drink enough water could have a serious impact on your heart

In a study, one sign of low bodily fluids increased the risk of heart failure by almost half.

Sobering

Study: No, a glass of wine a day is not good for your heart

The protective power of a glass of wine a day may be other good habits in disguise.

Tenacious D
Light Switch

For your internal clock, scientists say keep track of this kind of light

Scientists have some advice about the melanopic action spectrum.

Unequal

Dementia rates of Indigenous Australians show the lifelong impact of racism

The shockingly high rates have implications beyond one country.

Solid Footing

10,000 steps? New research reveals how much walking you actually need

The popular metric historically had little evidence to back it up.

Correlations

Artificial sweeteners cause cancer in mice. Here's worrying data from humans.

Past studies showed a link for lab mice. This one uses data from 102,865 people.

Psychedelic Rock

Science finds the part of your brain that responds to singing

Turns out Adele hits a "hotspot" in the superior temporal gyrus.