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Can You Teach Old Dogs New Tricks?

Can You Teach Old Dogs New Tricks?

You can teach an old dog new tricks, and this old dog wants to learn – Thomas P. O’Neill In February 1983, my grandmother had a stroke that paralysed the right side of her body. The doctors, physiotherapists and family members focused on helping her learn to...
What’s The Point In Being Positive?

What’s The Point In Being Positive?

Professor George Lewith* was a doctor who was famous for being kind and optimistic with his patients. In the early 1980s Lewith’s colleague Bruce Thomas said positivity might give patients a good feeling but it didn’t have any health benefits. In response, Lewith...
Size Matters

Size Matters

I suppose you could never explain to the most ingenious mollusk that such a creature as the whale existed — Ralph Waldo Emerson The blue whale is larger than any creature known to have roamed the earth. They are longer than two school buses, have tails as wide as a...
What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?

What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?

Some say placebos are so powerful they cure almost anything, while others say they barely work. To sceptics, believing in placebos is as irrational as filling the gas tank of your car with Earl Grey tea“ and thinking it will run. In spite of this controversy many...