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Three CDC studies show the benefits of masks and vaccination in reducing kids’ risk of Covid infection, hospitalization, and death

Now that school has been in session for a few months, it’s been possible to learn a bit about what’s working to reduce the likelihood of Covid transmission in schools. …


Age Wise

Alternatives to cow’s milk are flowing off store shelves, but they’re not all healthy

Touring the dairy aisle at my local supermarket the other day revealed an utter bevy of New Age milks that have never oozed from an udder, including numerous almond-based amalgams, copious coconut concoctions, and oodles of oat options (oat nog, anyone?). …


The Nuance

Novel, complex, and perspective-changing experiences are undervalued parts of a satisfying life

Imagine that you’re stuck in a room by yourself, and your only entertainment is a short movie clip — played over and over again.

That was the setup for a 2015 study led by researchers in the Netherlands. For one hour, people in the study sat alone at a table…


Here’s what science tells us about these powerful molecules

In the last decade, discussions around psychedelics have exploded, driven in part by research showing their safety and efficacy in treating a number of mental health conditions ranging from depression to anxiety to addiction. Psychedelic molecules have obvious, dramatic effects on our thinking and mood. But when it comes to…


How dopamine leads to action, and at times, addiction

Two evenly matched teams are engaged in an epic battle. The game is back and forth — as soon as one team scores, the other quickly counters. This deadlocked, even game seems to go on forever, into multiple overtimes.

Suddenly, the tide turns.

One team makes a spectacular play, their…


Age Wise

Everyone farts — a lot — so let’s talk about why and what can be done

Let’s just pass this fact out right now: Farting is normal and everyone does it. Anyone who says they don’t is either lying or impossibly uncomfortable. But flatulence generates more snickers than thoughtful discussion, so I’m here to clear the air a bit.

By some estimates, a typical human generates…


We need to maximize control of the virus while minimizing harm

Covid has changed the world as we know it, and virulent variants such as Delta have upended early hopes of a clearer-cut “back to normal.” Unfortunately, achieving herd immunity may now be an impossible dream, but we can limit death and disruption as we get to a new normal.

Although…


Nutrition advice is confusing. A new study offers some fresh info to chew on.

Nutrition research and advice can be confusing and conflicting, even for someone diligently researching which foods to eat and which to avoid. A comprehensive new ranking system offers a bit of clarity and insight.

“Once you get beyond ‘eat your veggies, avoid soda,’ the public is pretty confused about how…


The Nuance

Immoderate approaches to eating — fueled by social media and misleading nutrition research — can put your brain and body at risk

Every year, U.S. News & World Report assembles a panel of doctors, dietitians, and other nutrition experts and asks them to rank the best overall diets for human health. This year, the Mediterranean diet topped the panel’s list — as it did in 2020 and 2019.

The Mediterranean diet is…


Just like all habits, we can make sure it serves us instead of hurts us.

When Alan Gordon was in graduate school, he began to experience debilitating back pain that lasted for years. He underwent countless treatments to no avail.

Today, Gordon is pain-free — and he claims he was cured by his mind.

No, he didn’t heal himself with some psychic, new age quackery…

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