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Omicron poses a serious threat, but we’re not back to square one

Omicron has quickly supplanted Delta to become the dominant variant in the United States after spreading widely in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world.

In the past couple of weeks, Covid cases have set records in the U.S. — reaching almost triple the number of…

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Your brain is equipped with a waste management system that does most of its work while you slumber

Two centuries ago, the Scottish physician Robert Macnish theorized that the purpose of sleep was to “renovate the mind” by offering it a period of deep repose.

The idea that sleep helps rejuvenate a weary brain had been around long before Macnish’s time. But as recently as 20 years ago…

Evidence of the mind’s immune system goes back 70 years

Want to understand the roots of our crazy, mixed-up, post-truth world? Care to be part of the solution? The key, on both counts, is to understand how the mind’s “immune system” works.

Here’s the idea: The mind has infrastructure for filtering information. This infrastructure functions like the body’s immune system…

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Certain tasks encourage psychological detachment from work, which can prevent stress and burnout

Betty White, who died New Year’s Eve at the age of 99, liked to drink a vodka on the rocks every night before dinner. According to the Financial Times, White often credited both her longevity and her career success to her evening cocktail.

Alcohol has plenty of downsides. (And White…

Why you should not drink your own pee (yes, really) for Covid-19 or anything else

If there’s one truth you can rely on regardless of the situation — from the current unending pandemic nightmare to the balmy days before — it’s that someone, somewhere, will try literally anything if they think it might help their health. …

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