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No one’s safe from aggressive new variants until the whole world is

By now, you may have heard the alarming news out of South Africa: Scientists there have tracked a new variant of Covid-19, and it has way more mutations than Delta.

Countries are halting flights from South Africa; the variant has also been found in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel…

The Nuance

The optimal amount, preparation, and timing — according to the latest research

Gertrude Stein once wrote that coffee “is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening.”

The more experts study coffee, the more that “something” seems to be good for us.

Just this month, a large study in the journal PLOS Medicine found evidence that those who drink 1…

How researchers are changing the brain’s messaging system to tackle mental health disorders

There’s a disturbingly long list of ways in which the brain can go wrong. I might name for you a sample of mental health conditions: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders of all kinds, obsessive compulsive disorder. Even just the list of movement disorders is miserably long: Parkinson’s disease…

The Nuance

A new theory could resolve long-standing contradictions in the saturated-fat research

It’s a mystery that has confounded nutrition scientists.

People who have high levels of cholesterol in their blood — especially LDL cholesterol, a.k.a. the “bad” kind — are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease.

Meanwhile, foods high in saturated fatty acids — including eggs, full-fat dairy products, and red meat…

Age Wise

Two new reasons to check your blood pressure now, even if you’re young

Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, many without realizing it amid a new definition of what’s “high.” So I’m understandably worried about you, given the risk for heart attacks, strokes, and dementia that are associated with elevated blood pressure.

Have you checked yours lately?

If not, two…

The Nuance

Cancer risks, Covid-19 disappointments, and hidden health lessons

In 2001, a team of American cancer researchers launched one of the largest clinical trials ever conducted.

Known as the SELECT trial, the study was led by some of the country’s foremost cancer experts, including doctors at the National Cancer Institute, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research…

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