October 12, 2014 | The medical issue: The human brain

Do brain games work?

We spend more than $1 billion a year trying to keep our minds limber. But we’re often left asking the same big question. By Michael Fitzgerald

The 7-day screen time diet

Can a single week away from computers, smartphones, and other digital devices really make a difference to kids’ brains? By Neil Swidey

Your Home | Make It Your Own

The fireplace wall is made of natural stone cut in irregular shapes; built-in shelving to one side holds Jan Moscowitz’s collection of Buddhas. A smart approach to combining households in Needham

How a widow and widower decorated a home for their new life together, while remembering their past. By Jaci Conry


Calling all Ouija board fans to Salem

The old game with New England ties is having a moment. By Elizabeth Gehrman

Your Home | Make It Your Own

Bea Peltre finds pretty props for her food photography at places like Anthropologie, Etsy, antique shops, and flea markets. Foodie Bea Peltre designs her Arlington home organically

The cookbook author/photographer blends color, food, and easy style. By Marni Elyse Katz

Your Home | The Guide

Could one of your habits cause a house fire?

Going out with the dryer still on, overtaxing a power strip, using the wrong light bulb . . . Learn which mistakes could endanger you and your family. By Elizabeth Gehrman


The author speaks at a September 25 news conference about his recovery from Ebola. Ebola survivor Richard Sacra: what we must do next

The Worcester doctor on how well-meaning efforts to stop Liberia’s epidemic are devastating the country’s health care system. By Dr. Richard A. Sacra


Easy recipes for apple pancakes

Three delicious ways to use the season’s favorite fruit. By Adam Ried

Globe Magazine

Probiotics on the brain

A growing number of scientists now believe that gut bacteria can influence mental health. By Elizabeth Gehrman

The Medical Issue | The Human Brain

This is your brain on MRIs

A short history of imaging from Dr. Bruce Rosen of MGH’s Martinos Center.

First Person

‘Top Chef’ judge Gail Simmons toasts Boston

The food expert, also an entrepreneur in residence at Babson College, readies for the kickoff of the show's 12th season, filmed locally.


The big, debt-collection shakedown

The need to reform an industry that recovered $55.2 billion from Americans last year. By Jake Halpern

Style Watch

Attention-grabbing dresses in bold patterns

These bright print frocks make an entrance. By Tina Sutton


Recipes for braised cabbage

Low, slow oven braising brings out fall and winter vegetable’s best. By Adam Ried


Philadelphia’s Drexel rowing alumni compete in 2012. photograph by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file Illustrations by iStockphoto Head of the Charles Regatta: By the numbers

Marking its 50th year, the event on October 18 and 19 is arguably the nation’s most famous rowing competition. By Elizabeth Gehrman

On the Block

For sale, homes in the Fenway and West Roxbury

Both of these properties are near the Longwood Medical Area. By Stacey Myers

Dinner With Cupid

From left, Robin Panella and Christopher Harris. Blind date: Romance 101

These two plan careers in education, but will they make the grade?


Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers respond to stories on women’s sports, new composting rules, and more.

Tales from the City

The Boston accent strikes again

A story from a trip to Florida.